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Michigan House District 109 -Partial term ending 1/1/2019

General Election: November 7, 2017Duties: The Michigan House of Representatives shares responsibility with the Michigan Senate to enact new laws and amend or repeal existing laws.Qualifications: State Representatives may serve a maximum of three full terms. They must be at least 21 years of age and a registered voter in their district. There are 110 State House districts which are re-apportioned after each census.Term: Remainder of 2-year termVote for ONE (1).
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    Sara Cambensy (Dem) Administrator, Marquette Area Public Schools

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    Wade Roberts (Grn) GPMI Candidate For State Rep MI 109th

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Priorities: What are your top three state legislative priorities and how would you address them?

Education: What measures do you support/propose to achieve improved educational outcomes for students and for school districts?

Elections: What policy changes do you support regarding campaign funding and voting rights for Michigan voters?

Economy: What policies do you support to increase jobs and help Michigan residents improve their economic positions?

Energy & Environment: What actions or policies do you support to meet Michigan energy needs while protecting our water, air and land for current and future generations?

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Occupation / Current Position Director of Adult and Community Education, Marquette Area Public Schools
Education B.S. Education, NMU (2002); Masters in Public Administration, Concentration in State and Local Government, NMU (2012)
Qualifications / Experience Appointed Marquette Planning Commission (2009-2011), Elected, Marquette Charter Commission (2011-2012), Elected, Marquette City Commission (2012-2015), Elected, Marquette City Commissioner (2015-present)
Broadly speaking, my top three priorities are education, the economy and the environment. Addressing them, we need to invest more resources into public education (see my next answer); increase revenue sharing from the state back to our local municipalities; not give up on Michigan as a state that produces/makes things.....understanding that industry and a new economy of business technology and tourism jobs are rapidly infiltrating our state (a diversified economy is best for long-term stability/success); protect our Great Lakes in a state with abundant naturaral resources by supporting our MDNR, MDEQ policies.
Working in our public school system, I have many measures and policies I would support to better our education system. The first would be to restore levels of funding to both K-12 and universities that relieve families of carrying the student debt and help public schools invest in teachers and 21st century technology for students. The second would be to listen to the professionals in the field- our teachers, administrators and school board members on what is working and what's not (evaluations, student testing and district report cards are a few). Simply put, we need to invest more resources into public education.
We need to proactively overturn Citizens United as a nation, and especially stand behind getting the money out of politics in Lansing as state legislators. In Michigan, we need to make voting more accessible to citizens, utilize technology and social media more to make it easier for working men and women, the elderly or sick, to vote.
I support policies that invest in people- not more tax breaks for corporations. I support and will fight for policies that invest in increasing funding for education and skilled labor training, policies that allow students to pay down their college debt if they stay and work in Michigan, policies that give incentives or credits to working families that help them pay utility bills, make home investments, or energy savings, etc. I will also support policies that replace our flat state income tax rate with a gradiated one so that those families on the bottom are not paying the same tax rate as those on the very top.
Michigan is far behind other Midwest states in progressive energy policy. Legislators need to increase renewable energy mandates and incorporate more wind and solar projects into our energy grid system- especially in the U.P. This is one area where I believe public/private partnerships can work. I would like to see a major revamping of our energy policies in Michigan while I am in office. I strongly believe in a micro-grid approach to our energy system going forward.
Occupation / Current Position "Reasonably disabled" Corrections Officer, Researcher, Human & Civil Rights Advocate & GPMI Nominee.
Education Kindergarten through 6th Grade - Lincoln Elementary - 7th through 12th Grade - W.G. Mather - Munising, MI - Class of 1976 - Criminal Justice, Sociology & Psychology at NMU; MDOC Academy LMF 1990-1998
Qualifications / Experience I am uniquely qualified for this position by virtue of my experience as a civil servant; an MDOC Officer who was severely injured in the line of duty and intentionally sidelined and terminated over my stand against institutional racism and for the rule of law. I've since endured two full decades of injustice and great personal loss while continuing my stand and speaking out for the least of us. We are one nation, one people and share a common purpose; to lead all humanity to a better future.
Twitter @GWHunta
Full employment by virtue of implementation a Green New Deal tailored for the 109th that transitions the Upper Peninsula from fossil fuel dependency to renewable energy independence, dovetailed with an expansion of our agricultural base to grow more of what we consume and feed our guests. Decentralization of our State universities and public school systems to coordinate lifelong educational opportunity and continuing education programs within every community, thereby reducing the overall educational costs. Legislation allowing for industrial hemp production on State lands creating a hemp/hempcrete industry in the UP.
Decentralization of the State’s public school systems to utilize the advantages of 21st century information technology, downsizing classrooms while offering a wider variety of coursework available to students of all ages and reducing travel time to and from centralized school systems will reduce costs and yield positive outcomes. Changing the way we fund public education to insure every student has an equal opportunity for a high quality education and learning environment in their own neighborhoods, regardless of where they happen to live is absolutely essential to achieving social justice and is decades past due.
Our Michigan State Senate just passed legislation to remove caps on PAC/corporate influence under the guise of free speech in Michigan, based on the landmark 2010 Citizen’s United Supreme Court ruling with which I take exception. Our democracy has been diminished by this concept and reducing the corporate and PAC influence by implementing reasonable caps on campaign financing is the first step to restoring a proper balance of power between the people and vested interests. Corporations and PACs do have a right to political speech, but it should be no more than any individual citizen with identical caps on expenditures.
Decentralization of our electrical power production industry and transitioning it from fossil fuels is essential to creating economic growth in the central Upper Peninsula where the high cost of electrical power is an obstacle to economic expansion and an unfair burden on those living on fixed incomes, driving many seniors out of their homes. The transition to renewable energy, particularly wood biomass, utilized sustainably with modern gasification technology can replace our current dependence on coal and natural gas and keep our energy dollars circulating within the 109th, as will expanding agricultural production.
Transitioning from coal and natural gas by utilizing more solar, wind, geothermal, small hydro and biomass fueled combined heat and power gasification systems for electrical power generation and thermal energy needs will reduce both air and water pollution. It's a well understood and documented fact that the bulk of chemical contaminants and heavy metals in our Great Lakes began as airborne contaminants from fossil fuel combustion and industrial processes. Localizing our agricultural footprints will likewise provide a host of ecological benefits and reduce the volume of packaging waste destined for our landfills. logo


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