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Michigan Representative District 11, partial term ending Jan, 1 2017

Choose one candidate to fill the seat of the late Rep. Julie Plawecki, who passed away in June, through the end of the year.

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  • Lauren Plawecki
    (Dem)

  • Robert Pope
    (Rep)

  • Marc Joseph Sosnowski
    (UST)

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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 Dearborn Heights
Age 22
Family Mark Plawecki (father), Juliana Plawecki (mother, deceased), Rachel Plawecki (sister), Monica Plawecki (sister)
Education University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (BA 2015) Major: History of Art Minors: Museum Studies, Latin Divine Child High School, Dearborn, MI (2012)
Professional Experience Norton Simon Museum- Summer Intern, Education Department (2016) Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum- Spring Intern, Adult and Access Programs (2016) Museo Palazzo Vecchio- Intern, Education Department (Fall 2015) Norton Museum of Art- Summer Intern, Education Department (2015)
Political Experience Campaign Assistant, Julie Plawecki for State Representative (2014)
Race/ethnicity Caucasian
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The state should step in to ensure the solvency of funds for both schools and retirees. It should also renew its previous commitment to revenue sharing that allowed cities and school districts to adequately provide for its constituents and students.
The funds are not adequate. I would support an increase in revenue sharing between the state and cities, as this was cut by 56% between 2002 and 2012. This has greatly weakened Michigan’s cities, especially those that were already struggling.
Though the state must be able to review struggling cities' finances, I believe local legislative bodies should be given a greater say in the process as they often have a greater understanding of their communities' needs. I don’t think state intervention should automatically come with dollars attached, but should depend on the individual situation.
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I would pay attention when citizens first complained of contaminated water. The reluctance to take the citizens’ claims seriously led to a genuine humanitarian crisis and made Michigan a national embarrassment. The subsequent delay in holding anyone accountable for this debacle points to a corrupt system that cares more about its officials than its constituents.
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The fact that the government can spend so much money protecting our supposed interests abroad but cannot find the funding to protect our communities’ water supplies shows a serious gap between our government’s priorities and those of the voters. I support Congressman Kildee’s Families of Flint Act, which would have provided immediate relief for Flint residents. Instead, bipartisan bickering obstructed aid packages for too long, and the package that finally passed in the Senate last week was essentially taken out of funding for advanced-technology vehicles. The current Congress’ disregard for environmental safety is dangerous and selfish.
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The state’s tax system is generally fair. However, tax cuts to large corporations are depriving communities of much-needed funding, and we need to repeal the tax on retirees.
Seeing as policies up to now have failed miserably, I am willing to try an Educational Commission. This governance model has proven successful in other cities, and I believe the additional oversight may help ensure access to quality education while protecting students and teachers from mismanagement of funds.
Any school that is funded by public taxes should be held accountable to the taxpayers. Charter schools should be as transparent and regulated as public schools in order to eliminate fraudulent use of funding.
Yes, I favor amending the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to ensure people cannot be discriminated against based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
I do not support this act, which essentially allows people to discriminate in the name of their religion. We must strive for a more tolerant society in which people are treated as equals regardless of their identities.
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Absolutely. Gerrymandering prevents elections from being truly democratic. Nonpartisan groups should draw legislative districts.
Yes, I support the decriminalization of recreational marijuana.
I support Hillary Clinton, and should I be invited to one of her campaign events I would certainly attend.
Yes. This is an important step in moving past the fossil-fuel economy. Only by holding our energy producers accountable to strong mandates can we begin to create a healthier environment for future generations.
We currently incarcerate too many people in Michigan. Much of this is because we treat nonviolent substance abusers as criminals, rather than addressing this widespread issue as a matter of public health. The legacy of the failed “war on drugs” continues to mandate minimum sentences that disproportionately affect minorities.
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