Times are still tough in Kalamazoo and Calhoun counties. As the rest of the
nation recovers from the recession, Michigan still lags behind. The reason
why? Lansing politicians have cut school funding and raised taxes on families
and seniors to pay for a massive tax giveaway to big corporations, while
unemployment remains high.
I understand what it means to be an advocate for working people. While putting
myself through college as a custodian, I joined a union and was eventually
elected president, serving four terms as the head of the local. After college, I
continued this work, serving on the boards of the American Federation of State,
County and Municipal Employees; the Kalamazoo Area Labor Management
Committee; and the Michigan Works! Southwest Michigan branch.
I’m running for the Michigan House of Representatives because we need someone in Lansing who will fight for middle-class families, not special interests.