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New Michigan Resident Election Guide

New Michigan ResidentElection Guide Election Day is 11.08.16 Get out and vote!

By Alounso Gilzene

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General InformationCounty: InghamUS House District: Congressional District 8State Upper House District: Senate District 23State Lower House District: House District 69Michigan Unified School Districts: East Lansing School DistrictCounty Commission Districts: 8 Ingham County District

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The CandidatesThe following pages will provide details on candidatesSome of this information will be direct quotes from each candidates websiteThe information presented is not my own view, and is representative of the candidates political stance

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8th Congressional District : Michael Bishop (R) - IncumbentConservative Record: Mike Bishop is a life-long conservative leader with the record to prove it. Mike Bishop has led by supporting: more than $1billion in budget cuts, lower taxes, right-to-work, part-time legislature, reduced pay for public officials, 2nd amendment rights including co-sponsoring shall carry CPL laws; pro-life legislation including a 100% pro-life record. Record of Cutting Government Spending and lowering taxes: As a conservative leader had a record of putting forth more than $1 billion in cuts and fought for lower taxes in Michigan. Mike Bishop received a 100% rating from the Michigan Chamber of Commerce.Repeal Obamacare: Mike Bishop has fought against Obamacare from the start. Mike Bishop will vigorously fight against Obamacare.2nd Amendment: Supporting our 2nd amendment right to bear arms, Mike Bishop championed right-to-carry legislation, received A/A+ rating from NRA and is personally a gun owner with a CPL.

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8th Congressional District : Suzanna Shkreli (D)Suzanna will stand up to any attempt to privatize, reduce benefits, or turn the programs over to Wall Street and private health insurance companies.In Congress, Suzanna will oppose raising the retirement age, and will support efforts to bring down the price of prescription medicine, such as allowing Medicare to negotiate for lower rates.Suzanna believes we must make college and higher education more affordable for everyone who wants to earn a college degree. She will also fight to make community colleges and trade schools more accessible for those who want to improve their skills.In Congress, Suzanna will continue that fight by voting to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which protects domestic abuse survivors. She will fight to pass legislation like the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, which further prevents discrimination in the workplace.Most importantly, Suzanna believes women should be able to make their own health care decisions, and will fight back against members of Congress who want to outlaw a womans right to choose.

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8th Congressional District: Other Candidates (These Candidates dont have substantive platforms)Jeff Wood (L)Maria Green (G)Jeremy Burgess (NL)

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8th Congressional District: The following link contains a detailed Candidate fact sheet http://lwvmi.org/documents/VG2016GE.US08.pdf

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69th District, Michigan House of Representatives: Sam Singh (D) Incumbent Positioning Michigan in a global economy means having top rateschools and universities, robust job growth and a strong commitment to a clean environment. If we focus on these three areas, we can create the type of Michigan we want to see in the 21st century. As a former Mayor, non-profit employee, and current State Representative Ive worked closely with community leaders to bring real solutions to our states problemsWe must make sure that we are supplying our teachers with the appropriate technology, training and resources to make sure students are getting the best educational opportunities.We need to support the technology transfer from higher education institutions to entrepreneurs so we can take ideas from the laboratories to the marketplace. We need to adequately fund all levels of education so our students are prepared to enter into a global workforce.

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69th District, Michigan House of Representatives: Sam Singh (D) Incumbent ContinuedAs a State Representative, I have sponsored legislation to increase our states energy efficiency standards. We need a comprehensive state agenda on clean energy and energy consumption which will help us make the right long term decisions.I am proud to have supported progressive issues throughout my entire career both in politics and in the nonprofit sector. Though our state has made many strides over the years, we have stepped back in some areas. I am a strong supporter of a womens right to choose and voted against legislation that prevents private insurance companies from offering coverage for abortion without the purchase of a special rider. I also offered an amendment to the state budget to prevent state funds from being used for court costs defending Michigans unconstitutional and discriminatory anti-marriage law. I have been and will continue to be a voice to protect the rights of underrepresented people across our state.

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69th District, Michigan House of Representative: George Nastas III Indiana is a right-to-work state now, so Indiana has got a comparative advantage versus Michigan, he said. And when manufacturers look at where theyre going to expand their businesses or put their businesses, theyre going to look to Indiana rather than Michigan. Thats not to say people shouldnt have the right to form unions, but workers shouldnt be compelled to join those unions as a condition of employment.(Could not find other relevant info)

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State Board of EducationDuties: The State Board of Education has eight members and has leadership and general supervision responsibility over all public education, including adult education and instructional programs in state institutions, except institutions of higher education granting baccalaureate degrees. It shall serve as the general planning and coordinating body for all public education, including higher education, and shall advise the legislature as to the financial requirements in connection therewith. It shall appoint a Superintendent of Public Instruction who shall be responsible for the execution of its policies.

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State Board of Education: CandidatesLink to Candidate Fact Sheet:http://lwvmi.org/documents/VG2016GEStateBoardofEd.pdf

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University Administration ElectionsUniversity of Michigan Board of Regents Michigan State University Board of TrusteesWayne State University Board of Governors

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Michigan Supreme Court Michigan Supreme Court 8 Year TermMichigan Supreme Court Partial Term

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Ingham County Commissioner: Mark Grebner (D)The County's priorities have remain largely unchanged for 40 years: how to allocate our scarce resources to deal with new and changing public needs. Looming on the immediate horizon is the need to replace our outdated jail and associated facilities. Because the public is unlikely to support a stand-alone millage for that purpose, we will need to be creative in finding the $80 million needed.As a liberal, I will try to protect services to the needy and vulnerable. At the same time, I will continue my efforts to put the County on a sound fiscal footing, by ensuring that we don't finance current programs by saddling future Boards with debts, in the form of unfunded pension or retiree health care obligations.I intend to rewrite the County's ethics policy to cover other elected officials and provide clearer guidance to County employees. I'd also like to speed up the Trails millage process.

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Ingham County Commissioner: Christopher McNamara (R)Not a lot of info

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Ingham County ClerkThe County Clerk is elected for a four-year term and is responsible for keeping records of births, deaths, assumed names, co-partnerships, and issuing and filing marriage licenses.Candidates: Barb Byrum (D)Joseph W. Werner (R)

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Ingham County Drain ComissionerThe Drain Commissioner's Office provides for construction, maintenance and improvement of County public storm drains. Responsible for the legal establishment and administration of drainage districts. Assesses benefited property owners to pay for costs of the drains. Other responsibilities include lake level control, soil erosion control (through issuance of permits), acting as the County Board of Public Works and review of proposed subdivision plats. CandidatesPatrick Lindermann (D)George Platsis (R)

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Ingham County Prosecutor The Prosecuting Attorneys Office reviews all requests for complaints and warrants involving violations of state law, Michigan State University and/or County ordinances.The Prosecuting Attorney is responsible for a wide array of legal functions for Ingham County some of which include:Chief Law Enforcement Official for Ingham CountyReviews, authorizes and prosecutes violations of felony and misdemeanor criminal laws of the State of Michigan committed within Ingham CountyReviews petitions involving juvenile persons under 17 who engage in state law violationsReviews all drug and property forfeiture mattersAttends contested mental health commitment hearingsFiles and prosecutes actions to establish paternityFiles actions to establish family support matters

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Ingham County Prosecutor: Billy Jo OBerry (R)I am running for the office of Ingham County Prosecutor because our community has been betrayed. As a public servant for the last 30-years I am angry about the hypocrisy that has gone unreported. I am uniquely qualified to lead the Prosecutors Office to a place of integrity and pride. I have been married to Rick for 42-years; our daughter Jolina is a defense attorney and my granddaughter, Grace is 9 years old. I have prosecuted and supervised staff attorneys