Several local state and congressional candidates have friends in high places. As in, former President Barack Obama, who announced his endorsements in late September for the upcoming November election. Among his endorsements are Michigan Senator Gary Peters and Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin (D-Rochester, Rochester Hills, northern Oakland, parts of Livingston and Ingham counties) and Haley Stevens (D-Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Troy, western Oakland and Wayne counties), all running for re-election. Also getting the presidential nod in Oakland County are Julia Pulver, a nurse from West Bloomfield running to unseat Republican Rep. Ryan Berman in the 39th District (West Bloomfield, Commerce Township), and Rep. Padma Kuppa (D-Troy, Clawson), running for re-election. This was Obama’s second election waiving his wand over a select group of candidates, a majority, at least in Michigan, of which were successful in 2018.