I’m proud to have raised my three children in Saline, Michigan. I chose Saline because it’s a city that has invested in the fundamentals of building a high quality of place community — assets like first-rate schools, vibrant downtowns, recreational opportunities, ample natural beauty within and near the city, and a strong and diverse economy that includes employers ranging from sole proprietors to international companies.
I’m running for state representative because I’m concerned about the long-term effects that the current legislative majority’s agenda will have on our state. I value the opportunities and quality of life that were available to my children and I’m running to protect those opportunities for Michigan’s children today — and ensure they’ll be around for future generations as well. The Republicans have slashed funding for education across the board — from preschool to PhD students. They have increased taxes on our seniors and retirees. They have pursued policies, such as the elimination of the Earned Income Tax Credit, that make it harder for our state’s working families to make ends meet. And they did all this to finance a $1.8 billion tax giveaway to corporate special interests.
Successful communities in Michigan, like Saline, share a few important characteristics, but none as essential as this: they have local leaders who understand that all the factors that go into building a high quality of place — a first-rate education system, pristine environment, arts and cultural diversity, a multitude of transportation options, a thriving economy, and many others — are inextricably linked. It has been my honor to serve as the mayor of Saline for the past 14 years, a period that has been marked by business growth and national recognition for the city.
Ever since I took office, I have prided myself on being a collaborative problem solver. I’m the type of leader who puts people before party or ideology, and I always will be. That’s the type of leadership that has made Saline one of CNN-Money Magazine’s Top 100 Small Cities in the Nation three straight times, and it’s the type of leadership we sorely lack in Lansing. So if creating high quality of life and high quality-of-place communities is as important to you as it is to me, I need your help to make our vision for the 52nd District — and the entire state of Michigan — a reality.