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3 Questions with the Candidate: MI-House District 86

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Lynn Mason (D-Belding)

Democrat Lynn Mason is a former school teacher and four-term Ionia County Commission. Now she’s running for the Michigan State House in the 86th District.

Q: Why politics?

A: “I like to be a part of making good policy, solving problems. I’ve been into advocacy working for people for years. Frankly I think I’m good at it. I have great mediation skills and I think right now people want legislators and elected officials who mean what they say and say what they mean.”

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

A: “I would be willing to raise taxes if we could have a good, solid, strategic plan for infrastructure, also with a plan to bring revenue back into the state so that we could do tax relief later.”

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 vote for my party’s nominee. She is someone whose resume shows hard work and knowledge.”

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Thomas Albert (R-Lowell)

Republican Thomas Albert is an Iraq War Veteran with degrees in Political Science and Business Administration from the University of Michigan and Michigan State University.

Q: Why politics?

A: “I’m running for three reasons. I offer much needed leadership in government. I’ve led marines and I can be an effective leader in Lansing as well. Secondly, I have the courage to make tough choices. Lastly, I want to fight for families. I know how hard it can be to support a family and I want to make decisions that support families in Lansing.”

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

A: “I don’t want to support tax increases. Families are having a tough enough time out there. We need to support good jobs and the local economy. We need to support small businesses. I don’t want to focus on taking more money out of households, that’s where it needs to stay. It needs to stay supporting families.”

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 a proud Republican and I support Republican principals and the Republican Party. I’m focused on supporting the 86th District. That’s what I care most about right now and what I want to do is focus on is good jobs because that’s what leads to both stronger wages and stronger families.” 

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Bill Gelinau (L-Lowell)

Libertarian Bill Gelinau is former Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Michigan. A former small business owner and title insurance administrator has a long history of political experience. Now he seeks office in Michigan House District 86.

Q: Why politics?

A: “Well, I think it’s important, not only for me personally but when I think about where our culture is going, it’s important to be involved. I know my parents were very involved years ago and I think more people should be engaged in the things that matter.”

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

A: “Not very many. I think our tax system needs serious reform. But certainly when you look at the Constitution that’s really the place where we decide what government should or should not be doing. I think we overstep those boundaries most of the time.

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

A: “Well actually I do support Gary Johnson and the reason is is that I believe he is the best emblem of where America should go believing on both free market economics, not crony capitalism, but also a more socially tolerant view of the world which includes respect for people across the board including marriage equality and just involvement in our culture. I really admire him for that.”

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Cliff Yankovich (G-Ada)

Green Party candidate Cliff Yankovich is running in Michigan House District 86.

The Lowell business owner has served as a Chamber Board member and currently the Downtown Development Authority.

Q: Why politics?

A: “At one point I was a precinct delegate for the Republican Party. I lobbied Governor Snyder to tax sales on the internet. The thing that really pushed me over the edge was probably the Flint water crisis.”

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

A: “I would be willing to support a tax increase to do something as mundane as pave our roads if the money was designated solely for that purpose? I think where things get confusing is when all sorts of attachments are put on bills that are supposed to address a single problem.”

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 wholeheartedly vote for my party’s nominee because she has a plan that would positively impact our country. She wants to turn away from fossil fuels and she wants to cut military spending.” 

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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