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My priorities: Education, voting rights, environment, says House candidate

My priorities: Education, voting rights, environment, says House candidate

Logan Byrne

(The writer is a candidate to the Democratic nomination for 77th District in the state House of Representatives.

You might think that everything revolves around Washington’s insider political chess game. Don’t be fooled! Legislative bodies in states are where the real action is. They pass laws that affect education, health care access, transportation and the environment. Simply put, state-level legislation has a profound impact on our daily lives. This is why it is so important to elect legislators that understand complex and challenging issues and believe in the democratic process. They also need to be willing to put aside partisanship and work for the common good.

The Covid-19 pandemic was a vivid example of what happens when elected officials put partisanship above good governance. I was dismayed by the way Michigan’s Republican-led State House and Senate politicized a public health issue, delayed disbursement of desperately needed federal aid, and actively worked against the governor to the detriment of Michigan residents. This is one of the reasons why I decided to run for Michigan’s 77th House District, which includes parts of Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton counties.

I am an attorney and dedicated public servant. I am also a graduate of both Eastern Michigan University and Michigan State University College of Law. My professional career has been dedicated to public service, including work in the areas of victim advocacy as well as immigration law. I also have extensive experience in local government. I currently serve on Clinton County Zoning Board of Appeals. I grew up on a small farm and was involved in 4-H. This gave me a strong work ethic, a deep understanding of American core values, and an appreciation for the community. I believe that my professional experience combined with a strong work ethic will make me a productive legislator.

I intend to continue my commitment to public interest work by providing a strong and reasonable voice in the legislature on important issues to Michiganders such as:

Building a stronger economy:The success of the economy is crucial to our collective well-being and ability to provide for our families. It also affects the strength of our community. As such, a comprehensive economic plan is needed to revive and protect our agricultural and domestic manufacturing sectors while also supporting small businesses as well as private enterprise.

Education: Public education is the cornerstone of Michigan’s social and economic structure, and it helps guide and reinforce our moral, ethical, and cultural values. I support universal early education programs for children because of this. These programs are proven to have strong benefits for children and help them succeed in their educational endeavors. All students should have access to vocational training programs and college education to be able to succeed in the workplace.

Protecting the Environment: Michigan’s residents understand the importance of environmental protection and conservation. The State’s natural resources must be protected to safeguard the health of Michigan’s residents and to prevent permanent damage to the environment. Likewise, I understand that to Michigan’s farmers, land, air, and water are more than just vacation spots or scenic beauty. They are vital resources for their businesses and therefore, must be preserved.

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Protecting voting rights:Voting is the cornerstone of democracy. It should be protected and cherished. Through voting, we assert our beliefs and chart the State’s political course. As such, I oppose any legislation that would violate this fundamental right. Instead, I support measures that ensure that every vote counts. 

I believe Michigan would benefit from leaders who care more about their constituents than they do about themselves. Outstanding public servants are known for their empathy and humility. Politicians should be elected for their public service experiences and the strength and dignity of their character. As a candidate for State Representative I pledge to embody these qualities in office and approach each issue with an open mind, a clear goal, and promote the common good.

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