MICHIGAN house of Representatives - District 8 Candidates

State Representatives are elected by district from all over Michigan to pass laws and adopt the budget for the whole state.

 


This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE August 7th 2018, in the Primary election and November 6, 2018 in the General Election.

Q1. Majority Party & Compromise

Should your party not be in the Majority, would you be willing to compromise with the opposing party and an opposing Governor to get your legislation signed into law?

ANSWER: Passing legislation is important; however, the values that I hold as a Democrat and person of faith come first. I've learned as a 2nd term legislator that building trust and compromise can prove helpful to reach a mutually beneficial goal. I would be willing to work across party lines to collaborate, and compromise for consensus, but never on my values.

Q2. Car Insurance Costs

Over the past several years, many attempts have been made to reform the State’s Auto Insurance system. According to a 2017 Bridge Magazine study, Detroiters pay the highest car insurance premiums in the nation. Had you been in the State House of Representatives, would you have voted in favor or against the Mayor’s proposal House Bill 5013? If you are a current member of the House of Representatives, did you vote Yes or No, and why did you vote that way?

ANSWER: As the only Detroit resident and person of color serving on Michigan Legislature's Insurance Committee, auto insurance is extremely important to me. After researching the issue and the cost formula composed of stakeholders from the insurance industry, hospitals, long term care providers, and attorneys, coupled with an understanding of the prior Tort system, and the history of territorial rating, and redlining, I could not in any way imaginable support Mayor Duggan's insurance bill 5013 or the prior D Insurance model.

While auto insurance rates are enormous, moving the aforementioned package forward would've ensured dire consequences to our health systems, and our most vulnerable population. The package provided no real relief or savings as the rate reduction included were expressed as an average savings with a backdoor for insurance companies to escape based on "hardship" that they determined. Given we live in a file and use state, and term limits, it would not have be long before institutional knowledge would give way to Lansing's Super Power "Insurance Companies", resulting in increased rates, and a fractured system which no longer ensured adequate care for those that might need catastrophic coverage.

Instead, I support the fair and affordable package that I along with a bipartisan group of legislators put forward to ensure savings without compromising benefits for Michigan drivers. https://www.fairandaffordable.com/

Q3. Education Reform

Bridge Magazine’s overview of twelve recent education reports yielded four common themes for improving public education outcomes in Michigan: 1) Differential spending for students with different needs (ie. it costs more to educate low-income students who come into kindergarten already behind in reading skills), 2) More investment in teacher training, 3) More and better early childhood education for ages 0-4, and 4) Better college/career preparation. How will you, as a state legislator, support evidence-backed reforms for public education in Michigan?

ANSWER: As a former Detroit Public Schools teacher, quality education for all children is a high priority for me, and currently serving at the Education Reform Advisor and Chair for the Democratic Caucus, that requires advocating for what actually work. Far too often education policy is shaped by those that lack pedagogical competency both in the legislature, or by those within the foundation communities. Hence, educating stakeholders during every given opportunity is required.

Throughout my tenure I have hosted forums, town halls, and legislative updates to ensure my constituents are aware of best practices. I work very closely with schools, Principals, and educators throughout my district and throughout the city of Detroit for optimal outcomes. As a community organizer, I collaborated with the 13th and 14th Congressional District and Bridge Magazine to hold a policy forum. I have and will continue to work with our newly elected school board, Superintendent and our State Board of Education for optimal outcomes.

I hosted a bipartisan Pre-Mackinac Education Update to ensure Dr. Vitti was introduced to all policymakers, treasury, the Department of Education and State Board of Ed May 2017.

I have worked to advance partnerships with unlikely partners, our intermediary school districts i.e. Wayne RESA for the advancement of early childhood and literacy, as well as working with members on both sides of the aisle to lift up the need for adequate funding allocation and advanced bipartisan resolutions to ensure proper special education funding from the U.S. Congress. I am committed to strengthening the aforementioned partnerships for best practices in education reform.

Q4. Lawmaker Accomplishments

In what way have you moved the needle for progress for Detroit as an elected official through legislation or the appropriations process? If your proposal passed, how did you gain bipartisan support for it? If an appropriation passed, how much was it and what did it accomplish?

ANSWER: I have introduced legislation in line with my priorities for quality education for all children, fair and affordable auto insurance, safety in our schools, and protecting children and seniors. I have introduced resolutions for adequate special education funding, resolution to increase our pipeline to higher education, greater investments in small business, and passed bipartisan resolutions to increase women and girls in STEM, a resolution to lift up African American contributions as the Montford Pointe Marines. I was able to pass legislation in the House to ensure efficacy in social work training for children impacted by abuse could be shared across county lines. Passing legislation in a minority requires the ability to establish trust and compromise, and the aforementioned bill is a reflection of such. As the Detroit Caucus Chair I was able to work with the Governor's office to negotiate an appropriation of $1M to support literacy, STEM, and public safety community initiatives.

This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE August 7th 2018, in the Primary election and November 6, 2018 in the General Election.

Q1. Majority Party & Compromise

Should your party not be in the Majority, would you be willing to compromise with the opposing party and an opposing Governor to get your legislation signed into law?

ANSWER: No Response

Q2. Car Insurance Costs

Over the past several years, many attempts have been made to reform the State’s Auto Insurance system. According to a 2017 Bridge Magazine study, Detroiters pay the highest car insurance premiums in the nation. Had you been in the State House of Representatives, would you have voted in favor or against the Mayor’s proposal House Bill 5013? If you are a current member of the House of Representatives, did you vote Yes or No, and why did you vote that way?

ANSWER: No Response

Q3. Education Reform

Bridge Magazine’s overview of twelve recent education reports yielded four common themes for improving public education outcomes in Michigan: 1) Differential spending for students with different needs (ie. it costs more to educate low-income students who come into kindergarten already behind in reading skills), 2) More investment in teacher training, 3) More and better early childhood education for ages 0-4, and 4) Better college/career preparation. How will you, as a state legislator, support evidence-backed reforms for public education in Michigan?

ANSWER: No Response

Q4. Why are you Running?

What issues motivated you to run for State office? How have you worked on these issues prior to running for office?

ANSWER: No Response