Michigan District 8 Copyright League of Women Voters of Michigan Education Fund 1
VOTER GUIDE - League of Women Voters of Michigan Education Fund
U. S. Congress
Michigan District 8
Primary Election: August 5, 2014
VOTE in ONLY ONE PARTY
either Republican or Democratic
for ALL partisan offices
Candidates are ordered below within each office by party with Republicans preceding Democrats.
Candidates on the ballot: 2 Republicans and 4 Democrats
Representatives share the responsibility with Senators for enactment of the nation's laws as provided in the U.S. Constitution. Laws that require payment of taxes are initiated in the House of Representatives.
A Representative must be at least 25 years of age and a U.S. Citizen for at least 7 years. There are 435 Representatives based on Congressional districts reapportioned after each census. Michigan has 14 districts as of 2012.
Term: 2 years VOTE for ONE (1).
Occupation / Current Position
: Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel, International Bancard Corporation
: Juris Doctorate of Law
Michigan State University DCL (1993) B.A. in History/Psychology
University of Michigan (1989) Real Estate Broker
Curry Management Institute (1994)
Qualifications / Experience
: Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel
International Bancard Corporation (2013
present) Senior Attorney
Clark Hill PLC (2011
2012) Adjunct Professor of Law
Thomas M. Cooley Law School (2011
present) Senior Attorney
Simon, Galasso & Frantz, PLC (2004-2010) Senior Attorney
Booth Patterson PC (1993-2004) MI House of Representatives (1998-2003) Michigan Senate (2003-2011)
What are your top three national legislative priorities? Why did you select them?
Healthcare - The number one concern on the minds of families and businesses in the district is the rising cost of healthcare. We need to work on reforms that will make healthcare affordable and accessible, and not by mandating a government-managed marketplace. Jobs - My top priority is getting Michigan
s economy moving again so the private sector can create jobs. I believe one of the biggest challenges facing Michigan is uncertainty. Debt and Deficit - Its time to stop the out-of-control spending policies in Washington, D.C. and halt government expansion. We need to curb spending and begin paying down our debt.
What should the federal government do to strengthen the national economy, reduce unem- ployment, and address the widening income gap?
I believe that the fiscal policies of Washington, D.C. are out of control. I do not think the massive expansion of government and huge amount of new debt American taxpayers have been forced to take on in recent years will help our economy grow or create jobs. The President
s fiscal policies have paved the way for unsustainable spending in Washington while borrowing even more from countries like China. The first step to economic recovery is to stop out-of-control spending and begin to pay down the deficit and the debt so employers in Michigan and across America can borrow the money they need to grow and create jobs.
3. ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT:
What steps would you propose to secure America
s energy needs while protecting our water, air and land?
I believe we must do much more to expand all sources of American energy and create an all-of-the-above energy policy. While the debate over energy issues has often been heated, I believe that it also presents an opportunity for America to innovate, rather than regulate, our way to a cleaner more secure and affordable energy future. We must have a new energy policy in this country that focuses on safely using American innovation and American natural resources to