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Michigan Senate District 14

Duties: The Michigan Senate shares responsibility with the Michigan House of Representatives to enact new laws and amend or repeal existing laws.Qualifications: State Senators may serve a maximum of two full terms. They must be at least 21 years of age and a registered voter in their district. There are 38 State Senate districts which are re-apportioned after each census.Term: 4 years

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    Sue Shink
    (Dem)

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    Tim Golding
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

EDUCATION: What should Michigan do, if anything, to 1) provide an equitable, quality public education for all students and 2) address the shortage of teachers?

ECONOMIC SECURITY: What policies do you support to help Michigan residents improve their economic positions?

ELECTIONS: What state policies do you support regarding Michigan elections, campaign funding and voting rights?

ENVIRONMENT/ENERGY: What actions or policies do you support to protect Michigan’s water, air and land for current and future generations? What is your position on energy efficiency and renewable energy?

SOCIAL JUSTICE: How would you address racial, economic, health and education inequities, including Michigan’s 23% of children and 17% of seniors living in poverty?

GUNS: What steps, if any, should be taken to curb gun violence in our communities?

Campaign Twitter Handle @@ShinkSue
Occupation / Current Position Chair, Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners
Education JD, University of Michigan Law School, 1995, MS, University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment (SEAS), University of Michigan, BA, Political Science 1989, MPLP MSU 2022
Qualifications and Experience Chair, Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners, 2021-present, Chair, Working Session, Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners 2019-2020, Northfield Township Trustee, 2004-2008. Attorney and mother
Every child deserves a quality public education regardless of their income, race or zip code. I will work to boost per pupil funding so every child has the educational support they need, increase access to early childhood education, ensure equitable technology access and work with districts to address legacy debts and aging infrastructure. In addition, I will work to get high speed internet to all students. To address the teacher shortage, Michigan must increase teacher pay, and explore scholarships and loan forgiveness for new teachers.
I will work to end “Right to Work” and taxation of pensions. I support unions. I will work with community partners to support local businesses and to attract new talent and new opportunities to Michigan. When entrepreneurs have a chance to innovate and create jobs, more opportunities are available. I will support investment in infrastructure and research and development as well as educational opportunities for young people and workers looking for reskilling. I serve on Michigan Works! Southeast and Ann Arbor SPARK! and will continue to work with these organizations to increase opportunities for every resident.

Every eligible voter should have safe, convenient, secure access to the ballot no matter who they support. I’ll work to strengthen the security of elections with consistent and sufficient funding, protect election workers by increasing penalties for anyone who threatens election workers, ensure that military ballots are counted by allowing electronic submission of ballots, and allow preprocessing of absentee ballots so that election results are available more quickly. I will fight any efforts to make voting more difficult. I will support increased campaign funding transparency.
I'll work to reduce our carbon emissions through an equitable transition to renewable energy production and support fun energy efficiency measures. I support the recommendations of the Governor’s Council on Climate Change—I participated in the workgroups developing the recommendations. I will work to clean up and redevelop polluted sites, conserve farmland, natural spaces and parks for public enjoyment. I'll protect our Great Lakes and ensure clean water to drink, clean air to breathe and safe homes for every Michigander. I lead the climate action and environmentalwork at Washtenaw County and will continue to be a leader in the Senate.
Everyone across our state should have the opportunity to be healthy, build wealth and be safe. In the Senate, I’ll continue work I started in Washtenaw County. I’ve worked with residents and the Board of Commissioners to increase racial equity and opportunity in our county, requiring the impact on equity and opportunity as factors that must be considered in all decisions. I’ve worked for significant investment in our communities of color through the $8 million Community Priority Fund, food and health investments, Childrens’ Savings Accounts to encourage college or trade school, and investments in home ownership and senior support.
I support common sense reforms to reduce gun violence, such as ensuring background checks are complete before guns are sold, “Red Flag” laws that provide a path to intervention when someone is showing signs they risk harming themselves or someone else with a gun, disarming domestic abusers, and requiring responsible gun storage. I’ll also support investment in curbing street gun violence through targeted, evidence-based strategy such as violence interrupters WeLive and the 14 part approach the Washtenaw County BOC recently adopted, that address the root causes of urban violence https://www.washtenaw.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2126
Occupation / Current Position Small Business Owner
Education Bachelors in Sports Medicine, Eastern Michigan University 1993
Qualifications and Experience Business Owner since 1993, Grass Lake Charter Township Board Member, Community Invovlement (Church Leadership, Grass Roots Activist, Etc)
Providing a quality education for each child is fundamental responsibility of the state government. Each must learn reading, math, and have an opportunity to pursue a skilled trade training or a college degree. I will support high standards, options for families, access to skilled trades and continued resources and commitment.
Rising costs of goods is hurting families, seniors and small business. State government has a large surplus, so we should reduce the tax burden. Specifically I favor providing a $500.00 per child tax credit, reducing the tax burden on seniors by increasing how much they can receive tax free, and lowering the income tax rate. We need to empower people to handle this difficult time of rising prices.
I support requiring a photo ID to vote, strong signature verification measures, making the counting process more efficient to speed up the results, as well as ensuring partisan balance of election observers.
I applaud the recent law that is investing billions into improving our water system infrastructure, replacing lead lines, and enhancing our state and local parks. Clean water and protecting the natural beauty of our state is of high importance to me. As for energy policy, gas and energy prices are way to high. I support an 'all of the above' American energy plan that includes renewables, exploration, natural gas, and transport through environmentally friendly pipelines.
We need to pursue policies that lift everyone up, which includes a high-quality education for every student, a healthy economy for everyone seeking a career, lower taxes on seniors and a safety net that helps our fellow neighbors that are in need.
Public safety is one of the central roles of government. Plainly, criminals need to be put in prison because our families deserve safety and peace of mind. The defund the police movement and coddling criminals places our communities at great risk.