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

How would you rate the State of Michigan's response to the Flint water crisis?

Explain.

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

Explain.

Should Congress provide funding to help Flint, and other cities across the U.S., reduce and eventually eliminate lead service lines?

Do you support deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership? Do they help create jobs in the U.S.? Why or why not?

What do you think needs to be done to make the U.S. tax code fairer?

Do you think Obamacare should be augmented or replaced? How would you change it? What would you replace it with?

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

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

What specifically would you do to help colleges control the cost of tuition?

The U.S., and Michigan specifically, has long been a place of refuge for people displaced by wars and acts of terror. Should it remain so, especially with regard to refugees from Iraq, Syria and the Middle East?

Would you support a Constitutional amendment repealing Citizens United?

If an American auto company wants to open a plant in another country in order to reduce costs and increase its competitiveness worldwide, should it be able to do so? Should it have to pay additional taxes or fees for work performed overseas?

Where should the U.S. concentrate its job creation efforts?

Should the U.S. Senate confirm a Supreme Court Justice before a new president takes office? If not, why not?

What is the role of Congress when its majority sits in political opposition to the president?

Has the relationship between Congress and the president lost the respect it ought to have during the last two terms? If so, how would you restore it?

How effective has the Republican majority in the House been in exercising the House’s constitutional role in the federal government?

Do you believe income inequality is a problem in America? If so, what would you do about it?

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Racial inequality continues to be a serious problem in America.

If you agree, what would you do about it? If you disagree, explain why.

Do you support a moratorium on the deportation of undocumented immigrants whose children were born in the United States?

Do you favor the deportation of all undocumented immigrants?

Do you support legislation to reform the decennial redistricting process by placing it in the hands of in the hands of a non-partisan agency?

How would you reduce the number of firearm-related injuries and deaths in the U.S.?

As more boomers enter retirement, the nation faces critical shortages in eldercare services and rapidly rising levels of poverty among older Americans. What should Congress do about it?

City of residence Holland Charter Township
Age 36
Family Matthew is engaged to Elizabeth Ferry; he has no children.
Education Bachelors of Science from Northern Michigan University. Majored in Electronic Imaging and minored in Computer Information Systems.
Vehicles owned Matthew drives a 1998 Chevrolet Malibu, and is currently selling his 1998 Chevrolet Lumina.
Professional Experience Over ten years of experience in the printing industry.
Political Experience Matthew has been a consistent and passionate supporter of the progressive agenda.
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I fully support Jill Stein and her platform. I am thrilled that she picked such a champion of the People, Ajamu Baraka, to be her running mate. I am not planning to appear at any events with either of them in the near future but it would be a privilege and a pleasure.
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It is essential that elected officials represent the best interests of their constituents. Drinking water is paramount basic essential of the people and their elected officials must make it a top priority to ensure it is safe and readily available. Governor Snyder should be held accountable for the actions of his emergency managers, because he took it upon himself to bypass the elected city officials. He should have taken personal responsibility and worked tirelessly to make amends to the people of Flint. Because he hasn't, he should be impeached and prosecuted. Someone needs to fix Flint's public water infrastructure immediately! The irony is now Flint is in a state of emergency.
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The federal government gave assistance, which was temporary and insufficient. It did not even fully address their need for safe bathing conditions. I believe that a responsible federal government would have responded with far more urgency and diligence to this crisis. Once our Governor failed to address the problem appropriately, our federal representatives should have called for his prosecution and for his position to be filled by someone who takes governing seriously. A State of Emergency status should remain until all Michiganders have safe and readily available drinking water.
Yes. When the state government doesn't fulfill it's duty, it is up to the federal government to until the state becomes capable again. Flint is now in a true State of Emergency, and it should be a priority to all of it's government officials; all the way up to the President. Americans have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Water is the most essential component to human life. It is our governments job to protect Americans life to life.
I 100% oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership. There are countless potential threats to the people's best interests in the TPP. The scariest thing about the TPP, is that it would be so hard for the US to get out of, if we get in. The simple explanation for the TPP is that it is NAFTA on steroids. Michiganders know now that NAFTA is bad for us. The TPP would be worse. Because of NAFTA, energy corporations are now trying to sue American tax payers for what they perceive as future lost profits. The TPP would allow energy corporations to sue American tax payers, for passing laws to ban fracking, on the same grounds. The TPP works against a government for and by the people.
We need to ensure the rich are paying their fair share of taxes. There are too many legal ways for them to avoid paying their fair share and there are too many legal ways for them to bribe federal government officials. To end these problems we must take substantial steps to end big money corruption in government. We should stop at nothing short of a Constitutional Amendment to end corporate contributions to government officials indirectly or otherwise. When the rich pay their fair share we can invest in a future that works for 100% of America.
We need a single-payer public health program. Health care should be a basic right for all citizens of any modern republic. It is shameful that we do not demand that all Americans are treated with quality care.

Health care should not be based off the same incentive structure as a basic business. If a business makes money off sick people: they will want more people to be sick. It is the responsibility of our democratic government to protect and empower the People.
In 2004 I plead guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol. I promptly served my punishment and paid my fines on time. I am an alcoholic and work hard at my recovery. I have not had a drink of alcohol in over seven years. That is my only significant crime and I am sorry.
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I support Jill Stein's platform which calls for tuition-free, world-class public education from pre-school through university. She also calls wants to abolish student debt. It may seem extreme to use quantitative easing to remove all student debt, but that's the extreme step we need to end the unsustainable student debt crisis. This will help us all in the long term, by giving graduates the opportunity to rise to their potential as graduates.
We need to realize that refugees are people. If we treat people with respect, kindness, and except them, they will feel a gracious kinship to us. There are of course exceptions, but we can take appropriate actions to monitor refugees while respecting them. It is wrong not to offer refuge to those, with good intentions, who are suffering.
Yes, money is not speech; corporations are not people! I will work incredibly hard to support legislation that addresses the root of our broken system. The big money corruption in our government is the primary reason we can not push forward the People's agenda efficiently. When people make statements to the effect of,"The government should do that, but they never will," that is because of big money corruption. We need to restore and reinforce our democracy and strive for a true government for and by the people. That's how real progressive change WILL happen! If I am not elected I will continue this struggle as a citizen.
It really shouldn't, but that's the state of our entangled world economy. We need to take the steps to fix these problems with due consideration to how it will effect workers directly and indirectly. The auto industry is unique in many ways, because it is so ingrained in our economy and way of life. We need to keep more good jobs in the United States and focus on empowering workers. Increasing the profits of the rich by paying full time workers in other countries, a poverty wage, is unethical and bad business.
My presidential candidate Jill Stein is calling for a Green New Deal. We have heard prominent politicians talk a lot about green jobs, but most have been afraid to stand up to the established energy conglomerate. As members of the Green Party, we are not afraid to stand up to special interest to create real green jobs.

The Green New Deal would create 20 million fine paying commendable jobs. We need a lot of workers to create and install the products that will transform our energy infrastructure.
I believe the Senate should do their job and vote on the conformation of our President's Supreme Court Justice Nominee. It is appalling to me that they are refusing to do their job to fulfill their obvious obligation to the People they serve. They do not have to confirm the President's nominee but it is their duty to give him an answer through correct procedure.

I take my job responsibilities very seriously. If the People pay me a six figure income, I will do my job and keep their best interests in mind.
Do their job. There are more important things than winning elections, such as representing the people. Demonizing your opposition is no substitute to fulfilling your job responsibilities. I would only become obstinate in the case of legislation that hurts the working-class while giving the super rich stimulus they do not even need. The working-class needs the government to stop making excuses, stand up to the donor class, and fix this country for the People.
I would become a Robin Hood Congressman. I will call out obstruction that hurts the interests of the People and create obstruction to legislation that helps the super rich at the expense of the People. I am not afraid to oppose the donor class, because I will not take their money. It is time for the People to take back their government. The President and Congress must abide to their constituents.
House Republican's spend their time demonizing Democratic leaders, rather than representing the People while upholding the Constitution. The only work that gets done efficiently in the House helps the super rich at the expense of the People. We need to elect Congressional Representatives that truly have the interests of the People at heart.
The working-class needs fiscal stimulus desperately. I support the Green Party's Platform, which calls for a minimum wage of at least $15 an hour, indexed to inflation. This is only a first step to fixing the income inequality problems in our country. The rich need to pay their fair share of taxes, but for that to happen we need fight the big money corruption. We should stop at nothing to end this corruption, because it is the root of all of our problems in government.
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All Americans' rights must be protected. Both of our Democratic Senators just voted for PROMESA, which installs an unelected government in Puerto Rico to deal with eliminating their territory's debt. This is exactly what Governor Snyder has done with his Emergency Management power, but our Democratic Senators voted for it. This type of governing needs to end! Our government's is responsible for protecting Americans not profits. The people of Puerto Rico are Americans who die fighting in our wars. It is disturbing that Americans who have limited resources to speak out, are being oppressed. The poor of Flint and Puerto Rico are Americans with same rights as everyone else.
I don't just support this, I don't think it is enough. I believe that all people have inalienable rights, regardless of whether or not they are citizens of any country. It is unethical to separate families unless it is absolutely necessary. We can discuss ways to fairly create a path to citizenship for immigrants. We could also consider other punishments, such as reasonable fines, for illegal immigrants who don't promptly work towards citizenship. We don't need to take parents away from their children for committing a misdemeanor, simply because they want a better life for themselves and their family.
No. Our laws need to respect the rights of immigrants. There are of course circumstances in which specific immigrants should be deported, but the majority of undocumented immigrants in the USA should not be. If someone born in another country is brought into the USA through unsanctioned channels, as a child, but then raised here until that person is an adult: how can we find it ethical to deport this undocumented individual? We can't punish people, by exiling them, because their parents committed a misdemeanor.
Yes, the redistricting process should not be handled by anyone with an incentive to gerrymander. We must make sure our democratic process is protected and reinforced. It is the foundation of a government for and by the people.
Before we can pass appropriate legislation to protect us from the horrors of gun violence, we must end the ability of the NRA to influence our politicians. This is one of the most disturbing incarnations of big money corruption on our federal government. We must end the incentive of our government officials to protect gun sales at expense of the lives of our fellow Americans. People take priority over profits.
I support the Green Party's presidential candidate, Jill Stein's, platform to strengthen Medicare and Social Security. This starts by removing the cap on social security taxes above a certain level of income. I cannot stress enough, that the first step in helping all struggling Americans, is to end the big money corruption in our government. We are the richest country in the world, and long term solutions are simple enough if we make the rich take some short term losses.
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City of residence Kentwood, Michigan
Age 73
Family Wife, Kristen daughter Ann, sons Joseph and Thomas,
Education Canisius College BA State Univ. of NY at Buffalo, MD Grand Valley State Univ. MBA
Professional Experience City Commissioner, Kentwood, 3 years US Army flight surgeon, Vietnam and Fort Dix Practiced infectious diseases in Grand Rapids and then around the country for 40 years, including 5 years at the Army Hospital at Fort Bliss
Political Experience Kentwood city commissioner 2013-present
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The environmentalists at the Michigan DEQ showed their usual level of competency
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What are they going to do? The question assumes that the feds have an obligation to correct the people of Flint's own mistakes and the inept Michigan state's own DEQ. How did a government two steps away deserve this burden?
Most of the greed for government jobs/ incompetence/ ignoring of citizen complaints arose in Flint and with their elected leaders. They started the change in water supply. They also mismanaged the city such that an emergency manager had to be installed to manage the mess. The people of Flint should pay some for electing feckless politicians, after all, we want them to vote responsibly.in the future, else why let them vote at all? The EM and DEQ of the state also failed. Pay up!
These politically arranged "business" deals are always designed to help the big companies, the same ones that ship American jobs overseas.
Get rid of the corrupt and lying IRS, by constitutional amendment, if necessary. Introduce a Fair Tax-a national sales tax, so that everyone can see what government costs.
Obamacare, created by the insurance companies, hospitals and drug makers did not make medical care “affordable.” It's not even more available; many insureds can’t afford the copays. Get rid of it. Competition lowers costs. Insurance companies, MDs, RNs, medications need to be able to cross state and international borders more easily. The FDA serves only the big drug companies and was historically private. Research and "medical miracles" cause most of increasing medical costs but do nothing for most patients. We MDs have a technological imperative to use "hi tech" but haven't evolved a moral language for when we merely prolong dying. Harsh words, but society needs to digest radical shifts.
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Encourage kids to go into the military (one of our sons did and is now making the big bucks), or into the trades. Stop funding colleges; it encourages the PC, sophistry and racism. (A college degree becomes a "necessity" for a job when the boss wants to hire a white girl rather than an abrasive black kid.. He'd have to train both of them for 2 weeks but the white girl probably has a college degree so he makes that one of his hiring criteria and never has to consider the black kid.)
We created the chaos in the Mideast, destroyed ancient societies, stood by while Christians were raped, murdered, degraded. We have an obligation to at least stop our incursions, drones, manipulating of their governments. The "refugees" (economic migrants) seem mostly to be young men of military age (draft dodgers?) who should remain in their countries to fight for what they believe in. Christians, professionals with skills that we can use in our advanced societies should be welcome.
No There may not enough money in political campaigns. Incumbents get funding from the folks that they can reward; they stay forever. Challengers can't collect enough money to find and publicize the corruption. Anonymous political contributions must continue. Incumbents can use their power to destroy their critics and silence dissent. The Federalist, Antifederalist, Paine’s "Common Sense" were all anonymous.
As it is, the offshored company no longer pays US taxes embedded in income taxes for its workers and corporate taxes. These add hugely to their costs. Companies leave to go to places where they don't have to pay high US taxes The Fair Tax, a national sales tax would force them to pay US taxes and at the same time allow them to compete internationally. It also forces Chinese, Japanese, German, Mexican manufacturers to pay our taxes as their stuff is sold in the USA, so leveling the playing field. A lot of US companies would lose the incentives to offshore since they no longer pay corporate US taxes and their competitors are saddled with the same high costs as are American companies.
Where have these governmental "job creation" efforts ever been successful? Our own MEDC claimed to have created 75% of the jobs it had arranged, but on audit, only 5-10% actually materialized. Just because a politician can mouth "job creation" does not bring such a mirage into existence. I can promise you that a unicorn will walk into the room soon, but that doesn't mean that the beast will carry you off to some sort of promised land.
Depends on the justice. I'd have given the current handshaker a hearing, and rejected him. But I'm not running for Senate, so why ask?
Gridlock is wonderful! Keeps the deplorables from running the madhouse.
Actually have had some reasonable folks say that Pres. Obama has gone way overboard with executive orders and arbitrary decision making. The Congress is at fault for not reining him in, so duds at each end of Pennsylvania Avenue.
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All taxes, levies, drafts and regulations ultimately are paid for by the poor working man.

Businesses and others who are in charge, deal with a tax bill or other government squeeze by increasing their prices and passing that new money on to the government. They really don’t pay taxes.

The little guy has to cover the cost of taxes when he pays more for his rent, groceries and even interest on his credit card. He has no choice about where he works or what he pays. This explains the stagnant incomes of the poor. As governments get larger, the poor pay the costs imbedded in the costs of living.

So making government smaller allows the poor to prosper.
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Our constitution is color-blind, and neither knows nor tolerates classes among citizens. In respect of civil rights, all citizens are equal before the law. The humblest is the peer of the most powerful. The law regards man as man, and takes no account of his surroundings or of his color when his civil rights as guaranteed by the supreme law of the land are involved.... If evils will result from the commingling of the two races upon public highways established for the benefit of all, they will be infinitely less than those that will surely come from state legislation regulating the enjoyment of civil rights upon the basis of race. Harlan Stone, 1891
1) My parents were legal immigrants, became citizens, and contributed mightily to our country. That goal needs to be retained. 2) Illegals have no civil rights, no claim on our courts or US jobs, so are abused, don’t fit in, another country within ours. 3) A Roman emperor, Caracalla needed more taxes and soldiers, so made all freemen in the empire citizens. Roman citizenship became worthless, the end was near. 4) Mexicans come here to work, not for citizenship. Going back and forth is dangerous, so they stay, trapped. 5) Exclude dodgy refugees and non producers. 6) Mexican law mandates that that illegal immigrants be deported, immediately. We should honor Mexican law, don't you agree?
Mexican law mandates that that illegal immigrants be deported, immediately. Who are we to flaunt Mexican law?
It will invariably be partisan, so what's the point?
Arms in the hands of the people leads to occasional tragedies. An unarmed people suffer WWI, WWII, the unpleasantness of the Great Leap forward and the killing fields. Unarmed individuals were led the slaughter, defenselessly, by armed men. The second amendment was/is the sharp teeth that enforces our constitutional rights. We the people have the tools that we need to overthrow a corrupt government. Germans and the Spanish in the 1930s, the Polish and Chechs in the 1950s, etc, didn't, and suffered millions of deaths. Arms in private hands in the USA keeps our politicians worried, and that's a good thing since it prevents so many firearm related deaths that these guys could devise.
"The nation faces", or older people face? My sister is looking into a retirement home; there is a building boom in facilities for older adults. Also, the introduction of self driving cars will vastly increase the ability of folks to remain in their own homes. You should get out more often; older Americans are by far the wealthiest segment of our population. The Press has been reading too much of its own fevered rubbish.
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City of residence Grandville
Age 56
Family Wife Joni Sons Patrick & Brenden
Education Bachelor's of Education
Vehicles owned Chevy Impala Dodge Dakota Subaru Forrester
Professional Experience Quality Engineer since 1999
Political Experience None
Race/ethnicity Caucasian
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I support my party's nominee and would appear at an event if invited
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Denial, obstruction and ignoring the issue. The state's emergency manager law creates UN-accountability!
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Decent response but now that Congress is moving into election season the issue has been placed on the back burner- this is still a crisis and needs funding
YES- infrastructure in the USA is in serious need of upgrades and improvements in general. Flint is a good place to start
No I do not. I support trade but have concerns that this trade agreement benefits US foreign policy and corporations rather than American citizens. I suspect it costs more jobs than creates
Return to a more progressive tax code, eliminate loopholes which allow money made from money to be taxed at less than wages
Augmented and improved. Improvements include just for starters: 1. Change enrollment date to May instead of January so people can use actual completed tax forms rather than estimates 2. In markets where insurance companies are departing, provide Medicare as an option for "insurance" purchase
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Most colleges are run by the states and states should work to control costs of programs.

However, the federal government can do more by making more grants available to target populations, lowering interest rates on student loans, offer loan forgiveness for student who, for example, teach in at-risk schools or perform other civil service activities.

Additionally the USA needs to get a mindset of public education as K-14, instead of K-12. The 13-14 "grades" should include free two year associates at community colleges, trade school or job skills certification training. This will lessen the number of students trying to attend universities if we expand these other options. Fewer students
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Yes,but it is unlikely to pass. In the meantime I would advance legislation to end dark money and bundled money- all PACs should have complete transparency as to where the money comes from- and from whom
Having worked in the automotive business, the nature of the industry is to manufacture cars and parts as close together as possible. If an American company wants to build cars in a foreign country, that should not be discouraged. But building overseas for cheap labor and polluting capabilities to import back to the USA should be discouraged
One are of job creation should concentrate on clean energy options (including nuclear power). Especially with wind and solar, the USA should protect these nascent industries until they can be competitive enough to withstand cheap imports dumped on our market. The technology to implement Wind and Solar and manufacture the infrastructure to support it will provide jobs.

We need to invest in our infrastructure as well: roads, bridges, internet, communication systems and energy transmission systems all of which should create jobs.

We should also promote high speed rail separated from freight lines
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Congress has forgotten that we need to work in a bi-partisan fashion and that compromise and concensus is necessary to the political process. One party has essentially become the party of obstruction.

Congress controlled by the opposite party from the president has a duty to voice their positions but also an obligation to work with the president to arrive at win-win solutions for each (and the American people).

Work to create bi-partisan solutions. I think the President and leaders of both parties in Congress should have weekly or bi-weekly meetings to advance discussions in an amicable manner
The Republican led Congress has been effective constitutionally. They have NOT been effective ethically or morally when it comes to governance. Obstruction is not gover
YES We need to adjust the tax code: 1. Return to more progressive tax code 2. eliminate the capital gains (hedge fund) loopholes 3. tax income made from speculation and "money from money" at a higher rate than labor's wages 4. create graduated standard deductions based in reverse on income scale- the lower the income the higher the deduction. The higher the income the lower the deduction. 5. Simplify the tax code by eliminating the 1040 form and all loopholes that go with it Have all US citizens use either the 1040EZ or 1040A
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I think it all starts first at the ballot box and jobs.

The Supreme Court has gutted the Voting Rights Act which facilitates minority participation in the electoral process. We need to re-enact this legislation. Electoral reform is necessary in order to eliminate gerrymandered districts which serve to put minorities in less political power. Other reforms could include means to enable minorities to attend universities (though these are challenged in court quite often).

The federal government can assist minority communities with job training as well as helping to bring in industries and jobs to depressed communities.
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NO. It is not logistically feasible.

What I do support is immediate legislation to provide visas to all undocumented to actually document them. The length of time the visa is good for is negotiable but for example: We offer all undocumented aliens a visa good for 4 years. BUT they must come forward and apply for it within six months- we create a deadline. IF they miss the deadline and are then subsequently picked up, they they do get deported.

This has the effect of getting them all out of the shadows, so our INS can investigate them to see if we want them to stay longer.

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First we need to ask the right questions before we can get to the solutions There are differet kinds of "gun violence" and the solutions for each may differ.

The next president should convene a commission on this issue to properly brainstorm the various types of violence, work on possible solutions and present them in a report. Frankly, such a commission should take input from the public and lobby groups but should deliberate in private to avoid having ideas shouted down by either the pro-gun NRA side or the anti-gun Brady type pressure groups
We need to increase funds to social security and medicare, encourage workers to retire earlier rather than later. Educational opportunities for people to become nurses or caregivers should be facilitated by grants and loans

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