Transparency and Governance
In state rankings by independent watchdogs, the state of Michigan ranks near the bottom for transparency in government. As a local official, I was subject to the Freedom of Information Act and the Open Meetings Act. These are crucial pieces of law that protect residents by ensuring legislative conduct is open and honest. State officials should be held to the same standard.
As a member of local government, I greatly appreciated the non-partisan nature of our city council. Instead of focusing primarily on ideology and party alignment, we were able to solve problems together by focusing on the merit of ideas.
In an age of hyper partisanship and extremism, I am proud to say I will not hesitate to work across the aisle. We are at our best as a community and a state when we work together.
While I hold a constitutionally conservative outlook, I believe there is more common ground than we are led to believe. Issues such as criminal justice reform, education, infrastructure, transparency, and accountability transcend the divide and offer an opportunity for collaboration.
As a teacher I work tirelessly for all of my students.
As a council member, I serve all residents of my city.
As a state representative, I will serve ALL of my constituents.