I graduated from Parkside High School (Class of 1973) and the University of Michigan. My Father, Carl, was a Union member and tool and die maker at Hayes (later Hayes Albion and Harvard Industries). My Mother, Elsa, was a sales clerk at Jacobson’s in downtown Jackson. Both were lifelong Democrats. Over the last six years I have regularly attended County Commissioner and City Council meetings in Jackson. I know the issues and needs of our community. I have closely followed the terrible laws being passed by Earl Poleski and the Christian Republicans up in Lansing which have deliberately harmed seniors and working and middle class people. The Republicans have assaulted unions and public education, damaged our environment, and ignored our state and municipal infrastructure needs. The Legislature has acted to prevent women from getting abortions or birth control and they tried to prevent gay citizens from possessing basic civil rights. Our conservative christian Attorney General has done everything he can to restrict the will of the people as expressed in the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act.
Despite never having held public office, my accomplishments on behalf of the people are not insignificant. From my position as a citizen activist I spearheaded the local opposition to Proposal 1 (Road tax). I helped shut down the local garbage waste incinerator (JCRRF) which was discharging 65,000 gallons of ash quench water a day into the Grand River and I attended every meeting of the Solid Waste Planning Committee which created the new system to replace it. I stopped a company called Calumet LLC from building an oil tanker loading dock in Superior Wisconsin. They intended to run oil tankers and oil barges on Lake Superior carrying diluted bitumen which is a form of heavy oil that sinks. I challenged the DEQ and the EPA over the permitting of oil waste injection wells in Jackson County (Norvell Township) which would pollute our groundwater. I tried to stop the Michigan Department of Transportation from spraying Agent Orange on our roadsides. I stood outside Planned Parenthood, alone, with my sign supporting women’s reproductive rights and faced down Mike Shirkey and his group of Christian anti-abortion protesters. I challenged Jackson County In Federal Court on their practice of delivering Christian prayers, which violates the Constitutional separation of church and state.
If elected I will be a strong environmental voice dedicated to protecting the health and well-being of our citizens from pollution and cancer causing chemicals. I will support public education. I will support the right of workers to join unions. I will support the right of women to birth control and abortion. I will write legislation for the legalization of marijuana. I will work to reform our criminal justice system and to reduce the $2.1 billion cost of our prison system. I will make fixing our roads a priority. I will introduce legislation that will lower auto insurance costs in this state for young people. I will not be “owned” by any special interest. And I will work hard for my constituents to make Michigan a better place to live.