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Michigan Representative District 15

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  • Terrance G. Gerin
    (Rep)

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    Abdullah Hammoud
    (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?

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City of residence Dearborn, MI
Age 26
Education - University of Michigan - Dearborn, Bachelor of Science, 2010 - University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Master of Public Health, 2012
Vehicles owned No.
Race/ethnicity Arab American
Campaign Website http://www.votehammoud.com
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The State must do what it can to protect the pensions and financial obligations promised to current and future retirees.
The safety and service delivery of municipalities is of upmost importance and sets the standard for the quality of life across the State. The State's role is to ensure that cities and municipalities have the proper resources to deliver high quality public services.
Emergency management and State takeover has proven to be more detrimental than helpful in the past. Instead, the State should work hand-in-hand with cities that are struggling and help guide them to financial health through resource infusion, technical support, and strategic planning.
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The State has not done enough to address the Flint Water Crisis and needs to take into account both short and long term effects of this crisis including physical and mental health of Flint residents, the changing of lead pipes, and the unknowns that are still yet to come to light. I would engage voters and stakeholder in investigating and assessing the crisis through a transparent process. Secondly, I would educate my fellow policymakers on the findings and mobilize them in an effort to push forth legislation to address them.
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The Federal government has not done enough in response to the Flint Water Crisis. While the President did sign an emergency declaration, no action has been taken by the House to provide relief to Flint citizens. The House has taken its time in responding to the situation and has failed to address the deplorable water quality, replace lead pipes, or react to the people's needs.
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Michigan's tax system can be improved by reducing taxes for working class families and repealing the Senior Pension Tax. Additionally, we should regularly assess our tax system to ensure adequate resources to provide high quality public services.
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Michigan needs to hold Charter schools more accountable for their performance. Charter authorizers and charter school boards should improve transparency, focus more on quality, and better coordinate all charter schools openings and closings.
Yes, no individual should be discriminated against for any component of their identity.
No, this model infringes on the rights of many minority groups. Supporting such legislation has proven to be a gateway for attacking the civil rights and liberties of fellow Americans.
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Yes, I support the use of a third party nonpartisan body to draw legislative districts in a fair and objective manner.
Yes, far too many resources are wasted prosecuting and imprisoning marijuana users. Many states across the nation impose a civil fine for possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal consumption which avoids the life-altering consequences that a criminal records carries. Additionally, this decriminalization would free up law enforcement to focus on serious crimes.
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Yes, it has proven beneficial for our environment, health, and economy.
Yes, Michigan's incarceration rates are too high. State spending on prison has increased exponentially over the last decade and the budget for the Michigan Department of Corrections continues to soar in excess of $2 billion. Rather than pouring dollars towards the incarceration system, we need to invest in education and wrap around services that serve as preventative measures. We also need to reassess our sentencing guidelines to ensure our system serves its purpose.

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