Get to Know the Candidates for Michigan State Senate District 2

Adam Hollier is the Democratic candidate and Lisa Papas is the Republican vying for the seat.

Michigan’s 2nd Senate District covers the five Grosse Pointes, Harper Woods, Hamtramck, Highland Park and parts of Detroit. The last state senator in the district, Bert Johnson, resigned amidst scandal.

Republican Lisa Papas and Democrat Adam Hollier are now vying to fill the 2nd District seat for the term that starts in January. Hollier is running unopposed to fill the remainder of Bert Johnson’s term between November and early January.

To get to know the candidates, WDET’s Laura Herberg interviewed each of them for more than 45 minutes. She shadowed Hollier at a charity basketball game and she followed Papas while canvassing in the district.

Click on the audio player above to hear profiles of candidates Adam Hollier and Lisa Papas


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ABOVE: State Senate District 2 candidate Adam Hollier stands next to his coach at a basketball game in St. Cecelia’s Gym. The event pit local politicians against musicians and small business owners to raise money to buy water for Detroit school kids, and to register voters before the deadline passed. To hear an extended interview with Hollier click here.


WDET/Laura Herberg

ABOVE: Detroit resident Carole Richards agrees to let State Senate District 2 candidate Lisa Papas put a campaign sign in her yard after the two chatted for more than ten minutes. To hear an extended interview with Papas click here.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6th. You can find out what state senate district you’re in here.


  • Laura Herberg
    Laura Herberg is a Reporter for 101.9 WDET, telling the stories about people inhabiting the Detroit region and the issues that affect us here.