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Michigan Representative District 92

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    Marshall Davis
    (Rep)

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    Terry J. Sabo
    (Dem)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Do you support decriminalization of recreational marijuana?

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

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

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

City of residence Muskegon, MI
Age 47
Family Single
Education High School
Vehicles owned Pontiac
Professional Experience Photographer
Political Experience First time canididate
Race/ethnicity White
Incumbent? false
I disagree with the premise that pensions are the main cause of local government and school insolvency. We need to take into account that the state has underfunded these institutions for years. If the state would fund at proper levels, there would not be the same level of financial shortfalls.
The state should follow the law and pay local governments the funds they are due under revenue sharing. Simply meeting that obligation would go a long way to solving the problems.
I believe emergency managers have made matters worse, not better. I feel people should have the right to elect their local officials to make decisions. The state should send people in with a mandate for cooperating with local officials not dis-empowering them.
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The people there are still drinking bottled water and our leaders are playing the blame game. This needs to be fixed right away, and I will make getting people clean water a top priority. We need to get the lead out now around the state also to avoid more problems like Flint. There are old pipes and other neglected infrastructure throughout the state.
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There is only so much the Feds can do. This problem resulted directly from the decisions of the Snyder administration. That is where the buck stops.
Non-violent drug offense in 1993
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We tax the working people too much and largely give the wealthy and big business a pass. This has lead to severe income inequality. We need a fairer system.
Depends greatly on the details. That is a large amount of power, and there needs to be local accountability and oversight of any commission that has that much power. The state should not be dictating to local communities with no input.
I feel we have the right amount. I would not do anything to expand the number. We need to invest more in our public schools.
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No. We already have religious freedom protected in the 1st amendment to the U.S, Constitution.
No. I will use my best judgement on issues as they arise.
Yes. This is an important reform.
Yes. Other states have shown a model of legalization that works and produces much needed revenue for their state budgets without negative consequences.
I am focused on my local community and issues in Michigan.
Yes. I believe climate change is an urgent challenge we need to address. If Michigan leads the way in renewable energy, it can be a win-win for our economy. I feel I can lead on this issue because I am the only candidate in this race not to accept campaign money and support from the fossil fuel industry.
Since the Nixon era our government has waged a “War on Drugs”. Millions of Americans have been locked up. Billions have been spent imprisoning them. Decades have passed and yet the drugs keep flowing Addiction and substance abuse are medical problems. Having millions of our fellow citizens simply warehoused behind bars is not the solution to a problem. It is the problem. We need effective jail diversion programs, especially for non-violent drug offenders. We need to treat substance abuse and addiction compassionately like the illnesses they are. We need better assistance for former prisoners reentering society and finding employment. We can start by “Banning the Box” on job applications.
City of residence Laketon Township
Age 49
Family Wife Denise, Daughters Ryan Swanson, Bianca Rodriguez and Aubree Mitchell. Son Garret Mitchell. Five beautiful grandchildren
Education Ravenna High School Class of 1985, Community College of the Air Force 1986-1990, Delta College Police Academy Class of 1991.
Vehicles owned GMC Denali and Chevrolet Malibu
Professional Experience Muskegon Heights Fire Fighter and Police Officer for the last 25 years and previously worked part-time for the Muskegon County Sheriff’s Department and the City of North Muskegon Police Department.
Political Experience Muskegon County Road Commission Muskegon County Board of Commissioners Chair of the Muskegon County Board of Commissioners
Race/ethnicity White
Campaign Website http://VoteSabo.com
Incumbent? false
The state has a multi-part role. First I believe it is the state’s role to work as a mediator between all the parties in order to find a solution. The state should give money to help struggling cities and schools, but this money must come with strings to make sure it is properly allocated and is having its desired effect.
No. I think the most important change that could occur is for the state to restore revenue sharing to previous levels. This would mean millions of dollars more for municipalities all across the state (32 million has been cut from my district alone in the last 10 years). This would help ensure cities do not need to cut essential services like police and fire.
I am against the Emergency Manager Law, as are the citizens of Michigan who have already voted it down. As Chair of the Muskegon County Board of Commissioners, I see firsthand the benefits of local control. In some cases, the state or even the federal government needs to offer assistance especially in terms of money to ensure stability and that a basic level of service is maintained. This however, does not mean that democracy should be trampled on like it has been with the EM law.
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The state not only responded so poorly to the problems of Flint they caused a public health catastrophe of worldwide note, but they have subsequently botched the response of their own manmade problem. We must demand accountability and change from the legislature and from Governor Snyder. We need to take immediate action by ramping up water and filter delivery programs, while rapidly working to replace the lead pipes.
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With the State’s inaction, the federal government could and should be taking a more prominent role in the response.
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No. The state has long been cutting taxes to the wealthiest people and corporations and making the average Michigander pay. If elected, I will work to close special interest tax loopholes, repeal the unfair senior pension tax, and restore the homestead property tax credit. I am tired of balance the books on the backs of the working class while corporations get off scot free.
Yes. I think ensuring a strong united educational system in Detroit is important. It must take a holistic approach and ensure every public school gets a fair shot and not just the magnets. They also need to crack down on charter schools that are vastly underperforming compared to their neighborhood school.
I strongly believe in the importance of strong neighborhood public schools. I am against the further expansion of for profit charter schools in Michigan. I have seen firsthand the negative effects that charter schools have had in the City of Muskegon Heights.
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Yes, I support non-partisan redistricting.
Yes, I believe that marijuana should be decriminalized. Law enforcement needs to be considered with violent crime and not small time marijuana smokers.
Yes, I fully support Hillary Clinton.
Yes. I support renewable energy mandates.
Yes. We have far too many people locked up in prison for small time non-violent crime, especially drug related offenses. Addicts need treatment not jail. At the same time, we need to be better at prosecuting violent crime to make sure people who pose real danger to society are not free.

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