I’m a proud graduate of Clarenceville schools located in Livonia as is my husband, and we believed in the quality of our schools enough to send our only son to them. I know how important it is to make sure our public schools get the financial support they need from Lansing. I'm also aware how important choice is for our residents who desire other options.
Our state government continues to hold public school funding at a low priority and our Governor is doing all she can to make quality charter school options go away. This is not good for our community and I will continue to fight to make changes in Lansing which support all of our schools.
In my political career, I've had plenty of opportunities to hear from professionals in the road building industry. I learned about proper substrates and the chemistry that is involved in the proper mixing of cement. Many of the professionals pointed out where we as a state are failing to use best practices in constructing our roads, highways and freeways.
Something I also learned while spending the last 37 years married to a construction worker is that throwing more money at the problem will only raise the cost per mile. Simply put, too many projects and too few contractors equate to higher costs.
I will fight to keep our State and local government from wasting your hard earned tax dollars by taking a methodical approach to road construction, making sure that as technology changes our standards change also. I will make sure that those companies dedicated to building our roads are held responsible for the product they lay down. I will also make sure that we have enough inspectors to oversee the process.
Metro Detroit is blessed to have a GREAT police and fire departments. We need to make sure their pensions are solvent and we are not making decisions which take away from what they’ve worked hard for.
Michigan can’t afford to lose good public safety professionals to other states because of a substandard dedicated pension program.
I will work hard to make sure their pensions are left alone and not shifted to 401K programs which are less supportive of the time they’ve put to making our communities safer.
A Livonia resident I know fell on hard hard times. Addicted to gambling he lost his job, his house and his wife. When he finally got help and beat his addiction he moved into a home and found steady employment. This person then decided to put his car on the road again after being parked for a few years. When he went to get insurance, for no other reason than because he was uninsured for over a few years, he was considered no different than a driver with multiple driving offenses. This is wrong. So are the rates we are paying.
We all have stories of people who are paying outrageous insurance rates and we all have heard of people driving without insurance so they can afford to eat. Metro Detroiters are being punished by auto insurance companies for being in Wayne County. This has got to stop. I promise to fight for the people of Metro Detroit, Wayne County and Michigan.
I will work to make sure the Metro Detroit region and Michigan becomes a destination for new businesses and business expansion and will work hard to keep regulation and taxes low so we can drive much needed economic development in this state.
A healthy job base in Metro Detroit areas supports our families, not just in supporting their children, grandchildren and senior parents, but keeps our citizens close to home.
New and current businesses which thrive in Metro Detroit help our tax base and make us a destination region for innovation and business expansion. I promise to be an economic development driver for this area.
Michigan is taxed enough already. Our current administration can't find enough ways to keep piling on. My Husband and I have been hard working card-carrying blue collar members for most of our adult lives. We understand what it means to put in a hard day's work and we also understand how hard you've worked for what you have.
As someone who made the personal decision to abandon my career ambitions and become a stay at home mom for 18 years I know what it is like to struggle to make ends meet in a one-income family. I will fight to reign in State Government spending.
I am a firm and ardent supporter of our second amendment constitutional rights and we can’t allow this state to fall prey to the anti-gun advocates like the state of Virginia.
I will fight the Governor’s plans to erode our gun rights and her desire to shut down private gun ranges.