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Michigan Senate District 4

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    Ian Conyers
    (Dem)

  • Franklin Keith
    (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?

City of residence Detroit
Age 27
Family 4 Sisters - Chisa, Alexis, Raechel, Kyia 3 Brothers - Alex, Kyle, Kaeleb Uncle to 9 nieces & nephews
Education Georgetown University - Masters in Urban & Regional Planning Georgetown University - B.A. in Government University of Detroit Jesuit High School
Vehicles owned Ford
Professional Experience Small Business Owner - Consultant Disadvantaged Business Director - Anacostia Waterfront Initiative Constituent Services Appointee - Executive Office of the Mayor - D.C. iCore Networks ( Business Account Sales Executive)
Political Experience Treasurer - 13th District Congressional Democratic Organization Conyers for Congress - 12,14,16 Transition Team - Mayor Muriel Bowser Obama for America - 2012 Executive Office of Mayor - 2010 D.C. 2004 7th State House MI Primary - Literature Distribution
Race/ethnicity Mixed Race - Mother ( White - USA French/English ) Father ( African American - USA )
Campaign Website http://voteianconyers.com
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The state must do all it can to ensure quality public education is available to all Michigan children. The decision to intervene should first take into account the management of the school system. If, as in the case of Detroit and several southeastern Michigan communities, the system was under appointed leadership, the state must take responsibility and pay the bills created.
We must invest in infrastructure and the success of our vibrant cities - This will increase the amount of our taxes that can be used regionally to sustain and expand current programming. Additionally, we must promote a regional model that is cognizant of the high taxation citizens of Detroit have been subjected to over generations as the city returns to yielding positive tax dollars for our state. The State must always invest in Public Safety services.
State invention should mean answering the call of trial without taking advantage of citizens in need. This means making resources available to a city to fill the gaps within reasonable governance of local and state decision makers. We must move our state forward to compete on the national and global stage, an emergency manager is never the answer and in fact weakens democracy and hurts our economy long term.
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Increase local participation/ workforce development in state funding of infrastructure cleansing and redevelopment projects. Increase outreach and access to long term contamination healthcare Increase education resources , long term
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The Federal Government could of stepped in earlier to protect Flint residents with the failure to act on a issue clear to state and local leadership.
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We must do all we can to protect and include vulnerable and underserved communities, particularly in housing and transportation from being left out. Many of these communities have been over taxed on both state and local levels without adequate to simple remain in the city they love and work within.
This issue has been voted on - Detroit has been unfairly subjected to external governance which other school systems around our state have not. We should be investing in our students and not merely paying the bills. A crucial component was stripped leaving many areas without proportion access to neighborhood schools. Detroit elected leadership, as any other city should have the authority to determine when and where schools open and close to meet these needs.
Locations of schools should be aligned with an expressed need of the community and area of focus that optimizes successful college matriculation.
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No - Discrimination by private organizations via ill spirited legislation is an overreach into the personal life of Michigan citizens.
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Yes -Overwhelmingly from communities of color at a serious financial cost to tax payers. Prioritizing non violent offenders who are serving time for low level drug and addiction / mental health illnesses and encouraging a treatment first model of sentencing.
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