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3 Questions with the Candidate: MI-House District 100

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Sandy Clark (D-Baldwin)

Q: Why politics?

A: “Well, I teach Political Science, American-National Government and it is so awesome to be able to represent my constituents in Lake, Newaygo, Oceana Counties and to help to educate them in terms of their Constitutional rights and particularly their rights to vote.”

Q: Under what dire circumstance or government necessity would you be willing to support a tax increase?

A: “I would not at this particular point look at any tax increase. Our seniors, in particular, our middle-class, our veterans are faced with overwhelming taxes. Our seniors are faced with just meeting the needs of their day-to-day activities.”

Q: If the election were held today, why would you – or – why would you not, vote for your party’s Presidential nominee?

A: “I would vote for my party’s candidate, Hillary Clinton, I think she has the background. She has the presence of mind to work on behalf of all of the constituents, all of the citizens in our great nation and she certainly would be able to support middle-class working Americans.” 

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Scott VanSingel (R-Grant)

Q: Why politics?

A: “I’ve had a lot of people ask me that. It’s really just a desire to continue the positive direction of the state. We’ve done a lot of good things the last few years as far as paying down debt, creating 400,000-plus private sector jobs and I just want to see that trend continue. I want to do my part and use my skills to make that happen.”

Q: Under what dire circumstance or government necessity would you be willing to support a tax increase?

A: “It would be a very tough sell with me. We have a budget that’s exceeding $55 billion in our state. Revenues have been growing just because of the growth of the economy. It would be very unlikely that I would support a tax increase. I won’t make a promise that that would never happen because we just don’t know what the circumstances are going to be over the next few years.”

Q: If the election were held today, why would you – or – why would you not, vote for your party’s Presidential nominee?

A: “I really would be voting more against the Democratic candidate than I would be for the Republican candidate. I see him as the better of the two alternatives but I just am not extremely enthusiastic this year about our pick.”

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