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Michigan Representative District 39

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  • Klint K. Kesto
    (Rep)

  • Beth McGrath
    (NP)

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    Michael Stack
    (Dem)

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How should the state assist other municipalities and school districts whose solvency is threatened by its financial obligations to current and future retirees?

Is the way the state funds our cities adequate to ensure safety and service delivery? If not, what changes would you support to our municipal finance model?

When cities are struggling, what is the appropriate way for the state to intervene? Should state intervention – through the emergency manager law or some other avenue – come with dollars attached? Why or why not?

How would you rate the state’s response to the Flint water crisis?

Explain your answer and what you would do, if anything, to improve the state’s response.

How would you rate the federal government’s response to the Flint water crisis?

Explain your answer and what you would do, if anything, to improve the federal government’s response.

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor? If so, explain.

Have you ever filed for personal bankruptcy? If so, explain.

Do you believe Michigan’s tax system is generally fair? If not, what changes do you support?

Would you support the establishment of a Detroit Educational Commission that would have authority to site, open and close traditional public and charter schools?

What changes, if any, would you support in the way Michigan authorizes and regulates charter schools?

Do you favor amending the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to prohibit discrimination based on a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity?

Do you support state-level laws modeled on the federal Restoration of Religious Freedom Act?

Have you signed any public pledge to support or oppose any organization’s public policy objectives, such as outlawing abortion or barring any increase in taxes?

Do you support legislation to minimize or eliminate the influence of political parties on drawing lines for legislative districts?

Do you support decriminalization of recreational marijuana?

Do you support and will you appear at campaign events with your party’s presidential nominee?

Do you support the renewal and/or expansion of renewable energy mandates for Michigan energy producers?

Do we incarcerate too many people in Michigan? What would you change in the criminal justice system?

City of residence Commerce Township
Age 34
Family Married to wife Delena. We just welcomed our daughter, Ava, on August 30th.
Education Graduated from the University of Michigan with a political science degree in 2002 and then attended Wayne State University Law School, graduating in 2006.
Professional Experience Klint served for more than five years as a prosecuting attorney with the Wayne County Prosecutor’s office. Klint also previously worked for the United States Department of Energy and the United States Department of Justice.
Political Experience Klint has previously served 2 terms as the State Representative for the 39th House District.
Race/ethnicity Chaldean
Campaign Website http://klintkesto.com
Incumbent? true
We owe it to our students to ensure they have the opportunity to receive a high quality education. A good education establishes a strong foundation of success, and providing our youth with a proper education is a top priority. We also have a responsibility to be fiscally prudent, and spend taxpayers' hard earned dollars in a responsible manner. Our state has done a great job in implementing policies that will create oversight and accountability to ensure our tax payer dollars are spent appropriately. Additionally, the state is dedicating specific funds to the Municipal Police Employees’ Retirement System.
The safety of the citizens of our state is of the utmost importance. Our municipal services are the first responders, and I will continue to support local police and firefighters. Various localities face different challenges, and we should allow municipalities to have the discretion to address challenges as they see fit. State funding is an important aspect of municipal services, and I will continue to support providing adequate funding to our municipalities in a fiscally responsible manner. However, in order to support our Oakland County, we need to look at outdated Public Act 51 so that funds can be distributed based on population to ensure safer roads.
Every situation is different, and we should approach these situations on a case-by-case basis. Sometimes state funding may be helpful, or even imperative, and sometimes another route could be the better choice. Either way though, state policies need to protect the tax payers and the citizens of our state. Also, we have to look at every avenue. We need to first allow the locals to take responsibility and give them an opportunity to address their shortcomings if they are unable to, then intervention, within the law, is imperative.
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I have initiated legislation that will provide for extensive lead testing of children in at-risk areas. The initial response from other state agencies was slow, but my colleagues and I in the House and Senate were quick to act to provide funding to assist the people of Flint in this terrible event.
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The federal government should have responded more swiftly with help, including goods such as bottled water and funding to help fix the problems facing Flint. And, they should have emergency policies for these types of situations. The EPA needs better standards and better communication with the states, which they did not have either intentionally or negligently.
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Yes, but we should continue to evaluate all aspects of government to improve the situation for everyone in our state. We have, and will continue to implement policies that encourage economic growth to improve the lives of Michigan families. We need to reduce taxes on our families and our seniors – this will stimulate the economy and create job growth.
I support a form of collaboration that involves parents, DPS, and charter schools that will allow a system to be provided to Detroit students that will provide them with the quality education they deserve. Locals should be able to input their concerns and ideas as well.
I believe in giving families a choice in how to educate their children, and I will continue to work to ensure there is a system that provides all children in Michigan with opportunities to receive a high quality education.
There are anti-discrimination laws currently in place. As Chair of the Judiciary Committee, I did support a joint resolution that would include “sex” in the Michigan Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause.
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I have not seen any legislation yet to support or not support regarding this matter.
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I support the Republican platform.
Yes so long as we are not hurting consumers and increasing energy costs.
Yes. As a former prosecutor and as current State Representative of the 39th House District, I have worked to keep the citizens of Michigan safe. We need to implement laws that rehabilitate offenders, while also ensuring that those who are dangerous to society remain behind bars. The recidivism rate must be addressed, and we need to work hard to get juvenile offenders on the right path so they can grow into responsible adults. Much of the problem resides in the growing drug abuse epidemic, and I am working to implement treatment and prevention programs to help families affected by this terrible crisis.
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City of residence Wolverine Lake
Age 57
Family Wife: Mary, Daughter: Katy Mother: Jo Jo Eight siblings.
Education Painters & Allied Trades Apprenticeship Program
Vehicles owned Chevy Volt & GMC Envoy
Professional Experience Small business owner and operator, VP of Sales & Distribution for Penguin Toilets.
Political Experience 10 Years of service on Wolverine Lake Village Council
Race/ethnicity First generation Irish immigrant family
Campaign Website http://votemikestack.com
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Removing the cap on charter and cyber schools that don't pay into MPSERS and urging the privatization of non-instructional services has put an artificially high burden on traditional schools. Requiring all public schools to participate in MPSERS will spread out that liability and allow more of the foundation allowance to go toward classroom instruction.
Cuts to statutory revenue sharing have put vital services like police protection at risk. The state should reverse these cuts so that individuals and businesses alike can locate in safe, vibrant communities.
I'm less concerned with whether state funding is attached to intervention than I am the level of accountability that goes with it. Voters repealed the emergency manager law because it left too little room for democratic representation. Trust in government is already at an all-time low; if the state must step in to fix ailing schools or local governments, it must respect the voice of the people.
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While the state paid for a portion of Flint residents' water bills, I don't believe families should pay anything at all for lead-tainted water. The state should also get serious about removing lead water lines to fully protect the people of Flint from further poisoning and fully commit to the services that families and children will need for years to come.
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We know now that the EPA was wrong to take state officials at their word that everything was under control. If there is any suspicion that health and safety are at stake, the federal government should act as quickly and strongly as possible.
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Individual income tax receipts are $3 billion higher than they were in 2011, while the state actually pays more in corporate tax refunds than in receives in payments. If we want people to be able to afford to shop at local businesses, pay for college and save for retirement, this situation must be reversed. I support the restoration of targeted deductions and credits that put more money into the pockets of consumers whose spending drives our economy.
Yes. An explosion of charter schools in Detroit, too many of them underperforming, has hampered the recovery of Detroit Public Schools. A commission comprised of local leaders with the authority to keep low-performing schools in check would improve the educational landscape of the city, and that’s why it had the support of the majority of groups involved in the DPS solution.
As they are public schools that receive taxpayer money, charter schools should follow all the same regulations that traditional schools do. The state should also have greater oversight of authorizers to ensure they live up to their promises of a good education.
Yes. I oppose all forms of discrimination.
No. Such laws act as a sword by which religious zealots discriminate against others.
No, nor shall I.
Yes. I support legislation that would create an independent, nonpartisan commission to draw political boundaries to remove the politics from redistricting.
We can learn from other states that have enacted such laws and study the results. In any case, keeping our communities safe must be our top concern.
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Yes. Increasing Michigan's renewable energy standards will bring new businesses to the state, helping to create jobs, reducing pollution and bringing costs down for consumers.

The easiest crime to deal with is the one that isn't committed in the first place. Increasing wrap-around services for at-risk youth and improving educational outcomes will prevent young people from getting in trouble. However, we should not be lenient in sentencing for anyone that commits a violent crime.

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