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Michigan Representative District 56

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  • Al R. Bain
    (UST)

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    Tom Redmond Jr.
    (Dem)

  • Jason M. Sheppard
    (Rep)

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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?

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City of residence Lambertville, Mi.
Age 66 years old
Family Wife: Darlene Redmond, Daughters: Kelly Struth, Ashley Sutter, Amber Redmond, and Jennifer Redmond
Education Graduate Monroe High School, attended Michigan Christian College, Monroe County Community College and Wayne State University
Vehicles owned Lincoln Aviator and Dodge Ram 1500 pickup
Professional Experience Served three years in the US Army as a Military Policeman during the Vietnam War. Worked 37 years with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office and retired in 2010. I then worked 5 years part time for two smaller Police Departments in Monroe County. I also coached girls' junior high basketball at Summerfield School for 12 years, and also coached varsity softball at Summerfield High School.
Political Experience Ran unsuccessfully for Monroe County Sheriff in 2012 and ran unsuccessfully for this office in 2014.
Race/ethnicity White
Campaign Website http://votetomredmond.com
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As far as school districts are concerned, the state could reduce the MPSERS cap for school districts, potentially to zero, so that more money can go into the classroom where it will help kids get a good education. The state also needs to rein in the expansion of charter schools and privatization that forces more of the unfunded liability onto traditional public schools.
I saw the effects of revenue sharing cuts first-hand during my law enforcement career. The state needs to fully fund statutory revenue sharing so that vital public services such as police and fire protection aren't put at risk.
More than incentives, we need to keep democracy intact. The emergency manager law doesn't contain enough safeguards and accountability to the people affected by it.
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The response has been middling at best. After state officials finally admitted there was a problem in Flint, money and resources have been slow in arriving. Much of the funding to address the crisis is in the fiscal 2016-2017 budget, which doesn't take effect until October. Officials should have declared an emergency sooner. Flint residents are still responsible for paying a portion of the bill for poisoned water, which isn't right. We need to do more for the people of Flint now instead of forcing them to rely on bottled water until the next budget kicks in.
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Federal officials who uncovered a problem in Flint should have taken a stronger and more immediate action, either forcing state officials to act or stepping in themselves.
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Michigan's tax burden is shifted far too heavily toward individuals. The restoration of credits and deductions that were reduced or eliminated would help working families save money, afford necessities and generally benefit the economy more than continued corporate giveaways would.
Yes. Community involvement is the right approach to ensuring a strong public school system everywhere, but especially in Detroit, whose schools have been under state control for many years. I believe that's why the proposal had such a broad base of support.
All public schools should follow the same rules, whether they're traditional, charter or cyber. Ensuring that all schools deliver the best education possible will improve outcomes for kids across the state.
Yes. Any kind of discrimination is wrong.
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Yes. A nonpartisan redistricting commission would serve the people better than allowing politicians to pick their voters to maintain control.
As a retired police officer, maintaining public safety is paramount. However, I would be willing to look at how such laws have affected other states.
I am concentrating on my campaign and race at this point and time. I am concerned with my state race and not the federal race at this time.
Yes. Experts say it's entirely possible to raise Michigan's renewable energy standard to 20 percent by 2022, and I support that goal.
Again, public safety is a primary concern for me, so I favor tough sentences for people who commit violent crimes. That being said, we should invest more in programs that drive down entry and re-entry into the prison population, including more educational opportunities and better wrap-around services for at-risk youth.
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