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    Frank Accavitti Jr.
    (Dem)

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    Lisa Lane Gioia
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    Paul Mitchell
    (Rep)

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    Benjamin Nofs
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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?

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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 Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan
Age 58
Family Wife - Dawn Gunnell-Accavitti 3 Children, 2 Step-Children, 5 Grand Children
Education Attended Wayne State University Attended Western Michigan University Fraser High School
Vehicles owned 2016 Chrysler 300 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Professional Experience President - Care House Macomb County Child Advocacy Center, Inc. Janurary 2013 - Present Providing hope and healing to child victims of sexual and physical abuse in Macomb County Founder/CEO - Accavitti Consulting Group L.L.C. January 2009 - Present A multi-client Public Relations and Lobbying Firm Proprietor - Automatic Appliance and Electronics August 1979 - January 2003 A Family Business operating on Detroit's Eastside since 1938 Annual Sales of 1.5 to 2 million dollars. Successfully moved company from Detroit to Eastpointe in 1986 Past Member Eastpointe Chamber of Commerce, Past President & Director of the Eastpointe Community Chest, Past President and Member of the Eastpointe Kiwanis Club, Past Member of the Selfridge Air National Air Base Community Council, Member Eastpointe Lions Club. Member Italian American Cultural Society. Member Americans of Italian Origin. Member Roseville Optimist Club.
Political Experience County Commissioner 22nd District - County of Macomb January 2009 – December 2010 Chairman Committee on Technology and Communications, Member of several other committees including Planning and Economic Development, Administrative Service, Public Services, Personal, Budget, Finance, Provided Constitute Services to the 22nd County Commission District Representative 42nd House District - Michigan House of Representative January 2002 - December 2008 Chairman of Committee on Energy and Technology, Membership on several other committees including Commerce (subcommittee chair), Transportation, Local Government and Urban Policy, Child and Family Services, Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Constitute Services 42nd House District (Eastpointe, Roseville, Fraser) Mayor - City of Eastpointe November 1999 - December 2002 Suburban Community with population of over 35,000, Annual Budget $17 million Trustee South Macomb Disposal Authority, Trustee Southeast Macomb Sanitary District, Chairman Eastpointe Pension Board City Councilman - City of Eastpointe November 1995 - November 1999 Suburban community with population of over 35,000, Annual Budget $ 17 million, Member Library Board, Trustee Pension Board
Race/ethnicity White - Italian American
Campaign Website http://frankaccavitti.com
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Yes - I expect Michigan to be a battle ground state in the Presidential Race and when elected to Congress would like to have my Party also hold the executive branch. So naturally I will appear with my party's presidential nominee.
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I am deeply disappointed in the State’s response in the Flint water crisis, If the effort to dodge blame and cover up the events that led to the problem had been used to immediately start remedying the situation the residents would have been much better served. This should not be a partisan issue but a let’s work together to solve the problem issue.
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The Federal Government response was comprehensive. I am especially grateful for the work of the Center for Disease Control in identifying the effects and tracking the eventual remediation of this crisis. Congress acted like it must in any disaster and provided much needed funding. Although this disaster was man-made it is a disaster never the less and was deserving of federal assistance.
NO, the cost of repairs and replacement has always fallen on the users of the water system. Congress should make it possible for all communities with lead infiltrated water lines to more simply replace/upgrade their current water distribution system especially those with extraordinary circumstances, but not with a hand-out. This can be achieved by guaranteeing bonds and assisting communities to obtain low cost financing.
I do not support the current proposed version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. My main concern is this will cost jobs, not create them. It appears that the Partnership agreement would also make it easier for member countries to undercut the U.S. auto industry by importing cheap auto parts from China. These parts could end up in vehicles that are eventually shipped back to the US for sale. This would be disastrous to our Auto Industry which is only now recovering from bankruptcy and/or restructuring. Definitely the deal does not go far enough to protect our workers.
The tax system should be simplified and work for all Americans with lower individual and corporate tax rates and fewer brackets. Certainly we must cut inefficient and unfair tax breaks so that American people and businesses spend less time and less money each year filing taxes and no one can avoid their financial responsibility.
The Affordable Healthcare Act should be augmented. It was a start toward fixing the problems within our countries healthcare system. It has provided the opportunity for many who did not have health insurance coverage and used emergency rooms as their primary care to purchase insurance. It was always thought that the reason for increases in health care cost and insurance premiums was the coverage to the uninsured. Unfortunately, the savings anticipated when health care systems had a reduction in non- paying or slow paying patients does not seem to have materialized. We need to continue work to implement and improve health care reform to ensure that our health care system gets better.
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Colleges need to be given incentives to graduate students in a nominal amount of time for a nominal amount of money. If they are intelligent enough to be educating the next generation of wage earners, they must be intelligent enough to devise methods to efficiently carry out their mission.
As a Nation and as a State we have always addressed all the people of the world’s humanitarian needs. We cannot block out immigrants/refugees from certain countries or regions because of bad actors within their former homeland. What we do need to do is use our extensive and superior intelligence network to screen out people who would come here to damage our country and our citizens.
No, While I agree that big money has changed and some say corrupted elections in our country. I do not think amending our constitution, especially on issues pertaining to the first amendment is the best method. It would be far better to add more transparency provisions to our current election law; with that information the persons/groups receiving information from organizations like Citizens United can fairly validate the contents of the message.
Automakers and for that matter any American company should be able to locate manufacturing plants anywhere in the world they choose. We need to make our United States where they would prefer and where they do locate their plants. We can do that by assuring them ample inexpensive utilities (electricity, gas, water), a well educated highly trained workforce, and a fair tax system for both the Corporation and the Employees
We should concentrate on educating and creating high skilled workers that can provide companies with the workforce they need to compete globally. Much effort should be directed toward startup firms. Startups may only account for 3 percent of employment but they provide almost 20 percent of gross job creation. Geographically, Michigan’s 10th Congressional District is the perfect place to concentrate job creation. We have many eager people, community colleges to provide training, and the infrastructure to support every type of business
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The role of Congress when its majority sits in political opposition to the President is no different than when is controlled by the same party as the President. Congress makes laws, holds hearings to inform the legislative process, conducts investigations to oversee the executive branch, and serves as the voice of the people and the states. It’s not Congresses role to block everything the Executive Branch is working toward, but to work with the executive branch so that the results make our country a better place for our citizens.
Yes, I believe the relationship has lost respect. The best repair would be to find and work with representatives on both sides of the aisle who understand compromise and the value of mutual respect, not only within the chamber, but respect for the President regardless of his/her party affiliation. Certainly, there are members of both parties that believe we are stronger together than apart and that sometimes we just need to agree to disagree.
The Constitutional role of Congress (Outlined in Article 1 Section 1-8 of our Constitution) is a frame work that every congress has adhered to since the original 59-member Congress met in 1781. The current majority party has for the most part operated within the parameters outlined.
I do believe there is a greater divide then there has been in the past. But I think the divide that has grown the most is been between the middle class and the wealthy. Our middle class fell behind during the economic downturn, many taking concessions and reduced benefits, and have not yet recovered. We can remedy this by continuing the rebuilding of our economy with career paths that contain upward mobility, and opportunity for every American.
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Years of injustice cannot be turned around overnight, and I doubt we will see true "equality" in my lifetime. However, in order to bring us further along as a united American people, we can re-embrace Dr. King's doctrine to unite around common causes, close income and educational gaps, and inspire more united-community events, celebrating the rich cultural diversity that makes Michigan what it is today.
Yes, provided these undocumented workers 1. are in good standing 2. admit that they broke the law 3.pay taxes and a penalty 4. learn English 5. get right with the law. Then they can get in line to earn their citizenship. Family reunification should continue to be the cornerstone of our legal immigration system.
No, not all undocumented immigrants. Criminals definitely need to be returned to their native country. But, until we reform the INS to provide better services, and we invest the resources needed to reduce the backlog of citizenship applications from nearly two years to three months, we cannot return people to countries they have fled because of violence, war, and oppression. Provided they are working and paying taxes we should provide a pathway to citizenship. In all fairness, they should not get a place in line ahead of people who have immigrated here legally and are following our processes.
I would support such legislation. Gerrymandering has been practiced since the founding of the country and while at different times it has benefited different political parties including my own. I feel we need to adopt a process to end it and bring fairness to our redistricting process.
I believe the 2nd Amendment guarantees the right of a law-abiding citizen to keep arms for personal use. The vast majority of these firearm-related injuries and deaths are perpetrated by individuals who obtain guns illegally or may not have been issued a gun legally if a more thorough background check were performed. The key to decreasing injuries and deaths is to use more thorough background checks, as well as current legal means of removing or keeping firearms from dangerous or unstable individuals. Honest, law-abiding citizens have nothing to fear from such a process.
Careers for elder care workers can be made more desirable through training initiatives and fair wages and benefits for these workers, as so many will be needed and should be fairly compensated to ensure quality workers are attending to (and not abusing) our nation's vulnerable seniors. Congress continues to increase social security payments in accordance with the cost of living.
City of residence West Bloomfield
Age 48
Education Bachelor of Arts with Distinction, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1989); The Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies, Yokohama (1990-1991)
Professional Experience self-employed (patent and technical translation) 2001- present; Taiyo, Nakajima & Kato (translator, Translation Department Director) 1991-2001
Campaign Website http://lisaforliberty.org
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I am extremely proud at having Gary Johnson as the presidential candidate of the Libertarian Party. The gubernatorial records of Johnson (New Mexico), and our VP candidate William Weld (Massachusetts) show that the Libertarian principles of fiscal responsibility and social inclusiveness can be implemented with positive results. I will proudly be voting this November for the change that this country so desperately needs and that the traditional two parties have failed so miserably to give us. Join me in voting Libertarian – in returning our land to the principles of the Constitution and to the liberties that are our fundamental rights.

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Our state government’s handling of the Flint water crisis has been poor, but what more could be expected from agencies and bureaucracies whose incompetence helped bring about the crisis in the first place? The state is beginning the process of aiding the residents of Flint, but it seems as if their efforts are too little and too late, and motivated primarily by a response to “tidy things up” from a political perspective. This tragedy happened in our backyard, and it will ultimately be up to us – the Michigan taxpayers, to remedy the situation that our fellow Michiganders now face.
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Our federal government’s handling of the Flint water crisis has been poor, but, sadly, not unexpected considering their handling of most emergency situations. FEMA’s denial of repeated requests for assistance illustrates the unwillingness and inability of the federal government to aid citizens who are in need. How much of our federal income tax has gone to FEMA and then subsequently been doled-out to other states to help them in their crises? The elimination of inefficient federal programs and agencies would allow us to the freedom to directly contribute to organizations who can utilize resources more efficiently and bring about better results than the federal government can.
The role of Congress should be limited to the powers granted thereto in Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution. We would be best served if our tax dollars remained here in Michigan to aid our Michigan cities and improve our Michigan infrastructure, rather than sending money to Washington and have them dole it out to us as they please - or if they please.
The federal government should not be involved in negotiating trade deals with other countries. If an American company wishes to work with or trade with a foreign-based company, the American company should assume the responsibility and the risks involved therein. The Trans-Pacific Partnership appears to provide greater liberalization of trade, but studies are conflicting, and we can in no way know with any certainty whether or not this agreement will be advantageous to U.S. companies and the U.S. economy. Although this agreement may have been negotiated with the best interests of Americans in mind, it will likely have unforeseen consequences.
The federal personal income tax should be eliminated and replaced with a consumption tax. There are currently too many loopholes and too many ways for those with the financial means to do so to tinker with the current tax code and reduce their own taxes, whereas we middle-class citizens lack the resources to do so and end up at a disadvantage.
In spite of having no Constitutional authority to do so, the federal government has meddled into the issue of healthcare time and again, directly resulting in the skyrocketing costs of medical insurance and healthcare. Opening up the insurance market and the healthcare industry to the free market, and shifting the work of the creation and implementation of medical safety nets to the individual states will result in innovative policies to handle this crucial issue, leading in turn to decreased costs and improved care.

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Federally guaranteed college loans are one of the major factors contributing to the skyrocketing cost of college tuition. These subsidies have led to colleges and universities increasing their rates, and have led to crippling student debt for so many. Removing such subsidies would result in lower tuition costs. State-based educational initiatives (the federal government should have no role in mandating education) could be directed toward the promotion of vocational schools and trades which, for many, would be more suitable and more remunerative career choices than being saddled for the rest of one’s life with debt while holding a degree that is worthless in the marketplace.
Should a private organization wish to sponsor a refugee immigrant family, that organization must be held responsible for the care of the family until that family is able to provide for themselves without receiving public assistance. We Americans have always and should always welcome immigrants, but we cannot afford to subsidize those who move here and rely on our social benefits.
No. The amending of the Constitution is not a matter to be taken lightly. Multiple opinions have been put forth both for and against the claim that Citizens United results in further corruption of our political system. Money and politicians have always gone hand-in-hand, and the best way to reduce the influence of money on politicians is to reduce the size and scope of the government and the extent to which politicians have control over our lives.
All companies should have the freedom to make their own choices relating to their own businesses. This freedom is not to be infringed upon by politicians. The outcomes of a company’s choices should be left to the workings of the market; a company will prosper if they make the right choices and fail if they do not. Government regulations and the imposition of tariffs and other trade restrictions stand in the way of progress, and ultimately do not translate into benefits for the American consumer.
Each individual company and enterprise should concentrate their job creation efforts wherever and however they believe such efforts will best benefit their own company.
The U.S. Senate should begin considering potential candidates, but should not be rushing through the process, regardless of the fact that there will be a change in the presidency next year.

The role of Congress is to do what is best for those whom it should be representing (the citizens who elected the congressmen and not special interests), and Congress should be limiting their own powers to those put forth in the Constitution. It would also be beneficial to all if they were to place limits on the terms that they themselves can serve. Whether the President is of your party or is of a different party, the focus should be on the benefit of the citizens – something that has evidently been forgotten by those currently in power in Washington.
Not only the “relationship between Congress and the President”, but also Congress itself, the presidency itself, the Supreme Court, and our federal government in general have lost the respect of the people – and deservedly so. Working to bring about real change by minimizing the scope of the government and the waste and corruption inherent therein is the only way to restore the faith of the American people in a system that has strayed so far from the initial form envisioned by our forefathers and prescribed by the Constitution.

Republicans and Democrats in both the House and the Senate seem to be unconcerned about the limitations placed thereon by the Constitution, and have no problem in expanding the scope of, and accordingly, increasing the monetary amounts required for, the federal government.
Yes, income inequality is a problem, and is a problem caused in large part by the burden that the middle class has been forced to bear. Eliminating the federal income tax and replacing it with a consumption tax will result in those who spend more (i.e., wealthier citizens) having to pay more tax.
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Racial inequality exists and is being perpetuated by government programs that have ended up worsening the situation for minorities in this country. The failed War on Drugs is an obvious example. Convictions for drug-related crimes are a major factor in the high incarceration rate of minorities. Education in inner cities can be improved through vouchers and tax credits which would provide incentives for schools to enter and compete for students there. Local law enforcement agencies can make their own efforts to improve relations with minority communities, because we all deserve an environment in which citizens are treated equally and respected as individuals.
Mass deportation of all undocumented immigrants is inhumane, impractical and, quite frankly, impossible by a government that has not been able to keep track of them in the first place. It would be in the best interest of the entire country for those undocumented persons who are already here to undergo a background check, register to pay taxes, and thereafter legally transition toward permanent residence and/or citizenship. Most of these immigrants are hard workers who are needed for and are willing to contribute to the prosperity of our country. It would behoove us and benefit us as a country on the whole to take a logical and efficient approach to addressing this issue.
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Detailed consideration of studies as to the benefits/drawbacks of switching the current system, and comparison with other states, would be necessary to determine whether such a switch would indeed be of benefit to the citizens of our state. Any change to put more power into the hands of the people rather than governing officials would be welcome, but doubts arise as to how a “non-partisan” agency would be selected, and the influence that they could potentially wield.
Our second amendment right to bear arms is inviolable. However, we as a nation need to take a look at and begin to have serious conversations, based on facts and not inflamed rhetoric, relating to how we can make our country safer. Would stricter regulations relating to sales at gun shows actually translate into a decrease in deaths? How does the Swiss system work with them having such a large number of firearms per capita while suppressing the number of shootings? One step that can be taken (at the state, not the national, level) is the permitting of concealed carry in places where it is currently not allowed (schools, places of worship, etc.).
Shortages in services for the elderly result in opportunities for entrepreneurs to create companies addressing the needs of this burgeoning demographic. One factor in increasing poverty among the elderly is the astronomical cost of healthcare and medications, both of which can be addressed by decreasing federal regulation, opening up the insurance market, and shifting the work of the creation and implementation of medical safety nets to the individual states which will result in innovative policies to handle this crucial issue, leading in turn to decreased costs and improved care.
City of residence Dryden, Michigan
Age 59 years old
Family Wife Sherry, 6 children
Education Bachelor of Arts from James Madison College, Michigan State University
Vehicles owned I drive a Ford F-150 and two Jeep Wranglers
Professional Experience Spent 27 years at Ross Education with the last 6 1/2 years as CEO. Workforce Development at Chrysler Corporation. Workforce Development at State of Michigan
Political Experience Former member of city of St. Clair City Council
Race/ethnicity White
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I will support the Republican nominee for President and work for his election.
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The state's response to the Flint water crisis was slow, but is now moving forward in a way that will hopefully solve the problem.
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The EPA is culpable in the slow response to the Flint water crisis, but unlike the state of Michigan they have not stepped forward to accept accountability.
Since there was federal culpability in the Flint water crisis I believe the federal government has a responsibility to help solve it. No community should have to drink lead tainted water and appropriate action must be taken to fix the problem. I would like to hear all options available from experts in the field before making decisions on what actions must be taken.
I believe it is a good thing to open new markets to which to export Michigan made products, but the devil is always in the details. We should have more free trade because I believe our manufacturers and agriculture producers can compete with anyone on the planet given a level playing field. I will carefully examine any trade deals put before me in Congress and communicate with affected industries in Michigan before casting a vote for or against any such deal. I will not support any deal that adversely impacts Michigan workers, Michigan manufacturers or agriculture producers.
I have put forward the Paul Mitchell Prosperity Plan which can be viewed at MitchellProsperityPlan.com. Currently our tax code spans more than 70,000 pages and is so complex that nobody can fully understand it. To bring about economic growth I believe we must reform and simplify our tax code. My plan would eliminate the tax code all together at the end of the next Congress forcing debate on a better replacement. I would prefer a tax code that eliminates special interest deductions for the best connected and those with the best lobbyists so that we can reduce rates for all. Nothing is more fair or will spur growth faster than a simplified tax code that everyone can understand.
Obamacare is hopelessly broken, overly complex, and driving up healthcare costs. Obamacare must be repealed. My replacement would be centered on the patient and strengthen the doctor patient relationship. Costs must be reduced and we can accomplish this by bringing market forces to bear. We should allow companies to sell policies across state lines, and allow small businesses to join together to share risk and reduce costs. We must also put in place medical liability reform to reduce frivolous law suits that force doctors to practice defensive medicine and drives up costs. We should also expand the use of health savings accounts to allow people to get quality healthcare tax free.
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I worked at Ross Education for 27 years and the last 6 1/2 years I served as CEO. Each year we had to publish student employment outcomes showing the percentage that found work in their field of study within 6 months of graduation so students and parents knew the costs and the likely benefit of the program before they started at the school. That information is not required to be given by our state universities and I believe it should be so students can have a better understanding of potential earnings before entering a field of study. We should also end the federal government's sole control of the student loan industry which keeps costs high.
The Director of the FBI has stated in Congressional testimony that refugees from the Middle East cannot be properly vetted for potential terrorist ties and reporting shows that terrorist groups like ISIS are attempting to use the flow of refugees to send terrorists to our shores. We cannot and must not allow that to happen. I believe we should support efforts to provide safe haven for those whose lives have been disrupted, but those safe havens should be in the Middle East.
No. The First Amendment of our Constitution guarantees the freedom of speech, and political speech is perhaps the most important to protect our democratic freedoms. I will not support any amendment whose sole purpose is to limit the freedom guaranteed by the First Amendment.
Our tax code is the primary reason so many companies move operations out of the United States and it must be reformed. We currently have among the highest marginal corporate tax rates in the world which makes us less competitive in the global marketplace. Our global taxation system double taxes foreign profits of American companies when they bring that money back to the United States. As a result more than $2 trillion of such profits are in foreign banks instead of being invested in American jobs or distributed to American share holders hurting our domestic economy. If we go to a territorial tax code we would encourage investment at home and jobs will be created instead of being lost.
The government does a terrible job when picking winners and losers in the economy. The best way to create jobs is to pass pro-growth tax reform which would allow everyone to compete on a level playing field and the best companies would thrive. The federal regulatory system is also stifling job creation and growth. A National Association of Manufacturers study pegs the cost of federal regulation at $2 trillion a year, 1/8 of our entire economy. Compliance costs kill new jobs and growth in our economy. I support legislation to require any new regulation with large impact on our economy to be approved by both houses of Congress as a check on bureaucrats over regulation.
No nomination to the Supreme Court for a vacancy which has occurred in a presidential election year has been confirmed in over 80 years. Particularly with the importance of picking a replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia I believe the American people should have their voices heard in the election before this his replacement is chosen.
The role of Congress is always the same whether it is controlled by the same party or the opposite party of the president, and that is to provide a check and balance on executive power through vigorous oversight. Additionally, Congress has the duty to work toward passing legislation that directly addresses the challenges facing our nation. The duty of an individual member of Congress is to undertake the duties I have described in addition to representing the interests of the citizens in the district he or she serves. The next Congress will have to meet many challenges including protecting our nation, securing our borders, and getting our economy moving. I am ready for the job.
This President has viewed the Congress with disdain beginning from the first week he took office when he failed to reach out to Republicans to find common ground and instead simply saying "I won." Barack Obama has overstepped his authority by issuing executive orders instead of working with Congress, passing regulations that exceed the authority of the laws passed by Congress, creating a lawless amnesty for illegal aliens, and many more. The Congress is a co-equal branch of government and any President must work with Congress. Congress also has a responsibility to find common ground with the President and I am committed to working respectfully with whoever the American people choose.
I think the Republican House majority in Washington has been woeful in exercising its constitutional duty to control the power of the purse. Washington is simply allowing this President to spend too much money driving our debt higher. Congress should also better exercise its authority to defend this nation. That means securing our borders, and defeating our nation's enemies who threaten our interests and security both at home and abroad. Congress can and must do better. That is why I believe we need to change who we send to Washington. I am a political outsider who has succeeded in the private sector. I will use the same skills that built my business to solve our challenges.
Income inequality is a problem in America and it is being made worse by the policies of the Obama administration. The overly complex tax code and regulatory systems benefit the powerful who can afford the best lawyers, accountants and lobbyists while the little guy gets crushed. A simpler and flatter tax structure which puts everyone on a level playing field combined with a common sense regulatory system will allow our economy to grow and people at all levels of the income ladder to thrive. More abusive and intrusive government will continue to drive further income inequality and the stagnant wage growth we see today. We need change and I intend to bring that change.
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I believe most people in America live by the words of Dr. Martin Luther King and judge people by the content of their character and not the color of their skin. I ran a company with a very diverse workforce and student population and all were treated the same based on their performance regardless of race. Unfortunately, their are some in the racial grievance industry that create and promote division simply to maintain political power. That is what must end.
We are a nation of laws and we must enforce the law, including our immigration laws. We are a nation of immigrants and no nation in the world has been more welcoming of immigrants than the United States, but we are a nation of laws and all must follow the law. Those who violated our laws to come to this nation, who didn't follow the rules we have in place, must be brought to account for violating the law. I believe our borders must be secured and all of our immigration laws enforced.
I believe all of our immigration laws must be enforced and those who violate our laws must be held accountable. It is not fair that so many are waiting in line to come to this nation legally only to have some who disregard our laws to cut to the front of the line. I also believe our system of legal immigration is broken and must be reformed to reflect the needs of our economy.
In Michigan the job of redistricting following the census is a responsibility given to the elected representatives of the people in the legislature. I see no need to change that system. I also do not believe you can take politics out of the political process and that a truly non-partisan agency is a fantasy.
I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment of our Constitution which guarantees each law abiding American with the right to keep and bear arms for their own protection, that of their family, and their property. Criminals don't care about new restrictive gun laws which would only impact the law abiding. Instead we should focus on enforcing laws already on the books. We also need to reform our mental health system to better identify those who may be a risk to themselves or others. But no American should be deprived of any Constitutional right, including the right to bear arms, without due process of law.
More government is not the answer to every problem. To protect our seniors we need a growing economy which will allow us to keep promises made in both Social Security and Medicare into which they have paid. We must keep those promises.
City of residence Port Huron
Age 31
Family Wife, Kathryn; Step-Daughter, Alexandia
Education Associates of Applied Business; Associates of Engineering Graphics Technology
Vehicles owned 2013 Chevy Cruze
Professional Experience U.S. Navy Submarine Veteran; Former Asst. Golf Professional- Lakeview Hills Golf Resort; Founder and Head Coach of Lakeview Hills Junior Golf Program
Political Experience Bernie Sanders campaign activist
Race/ethnicity Caucasian
Campaign Website http://electbenjaminnofs.com
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Yes. Jill Stein was recently in Detroit. I attended and was able to talk to voters throughout the afternoon.Stein does not currently have any future dates plans, but Ajamu Baraka (Green Party VP candidate) will most likely be back, and I plan to attend when he does.
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In order to save money, Gov. Snyder made the executive decision to switch from the Detroit Water system to the Flint River. After several DEQ reports of high lead levels, the people of Flint were not informed, and were forced to continue using the water without knowing the dangers. After activist groups were able to get the word out, Gov. Snyder blamed everyone but himself for the disaster this caused. We currently have over 100,000 people poisoned, some have died, and many children will grow up with learning disabilities. Not much is being done to overhaul the pipes that are still contaminated with lead.
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This should be classified as a state of emergency, and it hasn't. Flint needs more resources allocated to help overhaul the pipes, provide clean water to the residents, and provide health services to those affected.
Absolutely. Fresh, clean water should be a right in this country, not a privilege to those who can afford it.. Doing this will also create thousands of infrastructure jobs across the nation.
100% NO. TPP would be NAFTA on steroids. We have already lost thousands of manufacturing jobs thanks to NAFTA. TPP includes extreme foreign investor privileges that help corporations offshore more U.S. jobs to low-wage countries. Devastation of U.S. manufacturing drives down wages, erodes the tax base and heightens inequality.
In order to make the tax code more fair, we need to continue earned income credits, child tax credit for working families, and American opportunity tax credit for college tuition, while closing tax loopholes, and ending the capital gains tax breaks.
The Affordable Care Act was a step in the right direction by giving access to healthcare to millions of people who otherwise would not have. Of the 25 wealthiest nations, America is the only one that does not provide universal, single-payer healthcare. I would work to change this to provide healthcare as a right to all citizens.
No.
No.
A college education has become a near necessity in today's work force. Aside from military and union trade apprenticeship programs, students are forced to go into debt in order to obtain the skills for a career to pay for the loans they accrued. State college and university tuition should be tuition free to qualified students. Youth in lower income communities loose hope that they will not be able to attend college due to finances, therefore putting in minimal effort in high school. By making college tuition free, it opens the door to millions of youth who have otherwise lost hope.
Yes. On the Statue of Liberty there is a plaque that reads “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” There are no restrictions to Lady Liberty's silent call of welcome.
Yes. I would move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.
It should be allowed to, as we are not keeping companies prisoner to the U.S.. However, should an American manufacturer choose to move plants and offices to other countries for labor cost reduction, there should be a tariff tax or fee that would equalize what the cost of staying in America would be.
There are 3 areas I feel Americans want to see job growth. 1) Manufacturing: With so many plants closing and moving over seas, thanks to trade deals like NAFTA, Americans want manufacturing back here in the U.S.; 2) Infrastructure: Our roads, bridges, water delivery systems, and electrical grids are becoming, or are already, outdated and pushing the limits of catastrophic failure; 3) Small Business: America has become a world of big box stores and corporate store fronts, which has made it difficult for anybody to start their own businesses. We need to give entrepreneurs incentives for start ups and hiring employees.
Yes.
The role of Congress, no matter what party holds the presidency, or house majority, is to represent the people that elected them. Big money lobby groups have taken away the voice of the people. Congress should always make every attempt to work across party lines to accomplish goals that are for the good of all people.
Yes. Media has helped in giving that image as well. Being a third party candidate, I must work with both major parties. Congress's job is not to vow to block every move the president or opposition party makes, but rather to work to represent the people of their district for the good of all people.
Poor.
Yes. By phasing in a minimum wage of $15/hr over a maximum of 4 years. In order for small businesses to not go under, the phasing in would need to be more gradual than a sudden jump. Also,
Strongly disagree
Disagree
Neither agree nor disagree
Agree
Strongly agree
There are several ways we can begin to curb racial inequality in America. One would be to remove the "Race" question from all applications, including loans, college, employment, and rent application. Another would be to include a race relations training program for all police forces, so that our police forces become better acquainted with the racial divide in many low-income communities. We also need to focus on hiring police officers that represent the race in their community. WE can also initiate programs that encourage police to walk the neighborhoods and talk to residents, so that they are seen in a more positive manner.
Yes.
No.
Yes.
I believe one way to reduce firearm-related violence would be to require mental health and conflict resolution classes in our schools. Many cases of firearm-related violence is cause by mentally unstable individuals or high stress conflicts. This also goes for our police force. Police officers should be required to go through a conflict resolution and deescalation training. The "shoot first" mentality has gotten out of control. We also need to expand on background checks to include mental health.
Social Security needs to be expanded. I suggest we cut Congress pay to the %20 above American median wage of $59,000/yr, and use the savings to fund the social security expansion. We also need to promote elderly care career fields, such as nurse aids, Council on Ageing staff, and other elderly care programs in our communities with incentives for these fields.

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