Marcia. Hard-Working. Respected. A Leader.
In my first term at your State Representative of the 92nd District, I have frequently drawn on my 12 years in mental health as a psychotherapist, 12 years in health care administration and 12 years in education as a school social worker. As president of her neighborhood association, I learned about the assets and needs of neighborhood associations. My experience owning my own counseling business was also valuable.
Even as a Freshman representative, I became chair of the Democratic Legislative Women's Caucus, a group of women legislators dedicated to promoting legislation affecting women and getting more women elected to the State Legislature. We worked on bills related to pay equity, woman's health care services, and anti-bullying.
I am a legislator who always does my homework, reading the bill analyses, listening to both sides, and reading and doing research on particular issues. I have scheduled numerous coffees to hear the concerns of my constituents and town halls focusing on the state budget, school cuts, and tax changes. E-newsletters to constituents who sign up regularly communicate about what is happening in Lansing. I have held numerous meetings with constituents on many issues. I have had an open door to all constituents regardless of their position on issues, both in the district and in Lansing.
I fought for against cuts to K-12 education and reduced tax credits for the working poor, for MIchigan 2020, funding tuition for community college and university education and for requiring backup generators for dialysis centers.
I have worked tirelessly to promote economic development, mostly in two areas - renewable energy and food processing. The Muskegon area has assets that need to be utilized to bring jobs to Muskegon. In renewable energy we have manufacturing capability for wind turbines, a research facility focused on renewable energy, MCC to provide job training, a deep water port for transportation, strong wind, skilled labor and agricultural assets that can be turned into bio fuel. In food processing we have a wastewater treatment facility with underused capacity, agricultural products to process in the immediate vicinity, and available transportation by rail and water. I developed a bill with bipartisan support to create guaranteed loans for the food processing industry
For more detail about my plans for the next two years, please read my next term goals.
I know how to put it together.
P.S. Anytime you would like to talk about my campaign, the issues or opportunities to help, please contact me at 231-726-4929.