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3 Questions with the Candidate: MI-House District 70

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Ken Hart (D-Alma)

Ken Hart holds a degree in Police Administration and is a retired state corrections officer.

Q: Why politics?

A: “Why politics because politics is screwed up right now. There’s so much money in politics that we need to get the money gone so that people can actually vote for the people who will represent them not the corporations or special interests groups.”

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

A: “Well, you know, I don’t believe I will support any tax increases. We need to rid the waste and I have proposals on the table that can rid the waste. Once we’ve rid the waste and take care of that there won’t be any problem with overage of money. The money will be there.”

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

A: “I will always vote for my Presidential nominee. If there are things wrong within our party than that’s the reason why I’m staying to make sure that they change and we correct those problems.”   

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James Lower (R-Cedar Lake)  

Republican James Lower has served as Edmore Village Manager and Now he sets his sights in Michigan’s House. 

Q: Why politics?

A: “Because I think it’s important that we have good people that basically want to make our state and our country a better place and I think that’s what we need more than anything right now and I think that’s what the country’s craving is people they can believe in that are going to do the work that’s going to benefit them.”

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

A: “Boy, that’s a, that’s a tough question. Probably if there was a major world war or something like that and we needed the funds to defend ourselves I could see doing that. Outside of that I’d have a difficult time.”

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

A: “I’m definitely voting for our party’s nominee, Donald Trump, on Election Day. I think with this country, this election cycle, more than anything they want an outsider, they want somebody who is going to come in and finally change things from what the establishment’s been doing for the better part of 30 years and I think Donald Trump represents that and I think that’s why he’s probably going to win on November 8th.”

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Michael Anderson (G-Alma)

Michael Anderson is co-sponsored by the Socialist and Green parties. Over the past two decades he’s been a union organizer, LGBT rights and anti-war activist.

Q: Why politics?

A: “I believe that politics play a central role in being able to play a part in basically between the working class and the ruling class and that’s one way in which we can enter the arena and defend working class people and fight for progressive, worker-friendly implementations of the legal system and within politics.”

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

A: “As long as it’s a tax increase on the wealthy I would support it. There’s no reason to raise taxes on the working class. We already work for low wages.”

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 the Socialist Party’s candidates, Emidio "Mimi" Soltysik and Angela Nicole Walker. They are actually in the trenches fighting every day in their respective areas for racial, economic and social justice.”

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.
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