As decisions made by government began negatively affecting our family business and interfering in my personal and spiritual life, it became clear government was out of control.
I understand the importance of standing up to the stronghold of a bloated government. We must live within our means, and stop spending away our children's future.
I am running for my family and yours.
A country girl growing up in the cornfields of Buckley, I was raised in a Christian home with God fearing parents who taught me the values of faith and hard work. My first job was collecting eggs on our neighbor’s poultry farm. I earned two cents per flat of eggs.
My father, who never finished high school, proved to us that through hard work you can achieve the American dream. His mechanical contracting business is now one of the largest and most lucrative in Northern Michigan. I worked in the business office of my father’s company and realized his work ethic and family values were the path to a good life.
Later I met my husband, Phillip, who much like my father did not receive a college education but rather used his relentless work ethic to advance. Together we forged our skills and now own a successful energy consulting business.
Along the way, I knew it was important to give back, the way I watched my parents do so graciously.
I have held a variety of volunteer positions: served as Treasurer and President of the Chamber of Commerce; appointed Vice Chair of the Wexford County Republican Party; Policy Committee Board Member on the Energy, and Environment and Technology Board.
Currently I serve as Mayor of the City of Manton and participated in many other nonprofit organizations, with a strong passion for working with veterans.
In college, I earned a Human Service degree which allowed me to serve as a Legislative Assistant at our State Capitol in Lansing. That opportunity gave me valuable experience and only further solidified my aspiration to run for State Representative.
As a Concealed Pistol License (CPL) holder, Life Member of the National Rifle Association, and Director of the Wexford County Women on Target, I understand the importance of protecting ourselves and our families from those who wish to do us harm.
The Second Amendment of our Constitution states this right shall not be infringed and therefore I will do everything in my authority to protect these rights which were handed down by our founding fathers. I am a supporter of Constitutional Carry and all law-abiding citizens should be afforded these rights.
As a business owner, I have experienced firsthand how excessive regulations and complicated tax codes hinder and stifle small business.
Small business is the backbone to our Michigan economy and successful businesses can only be achieved through free market solutions; free from excessive regulations, taxes and bureaucratic red tape.
Businesses cannot expand if all of their profits are going to fund a bloated government in the form of taxes. Business owners can use those profits to further stimulate the economy by employing more citizens, expanding their business plans or helping their families achieve their dreams.
Taxes by their very nature reduce a citizen’s freedom. As stated in the Republican platform (2012), "in a free society, taxes should fund services that are essential and authorized by the Constitution, such as national security and the care of those who cannot care for themselves."
I reject the use of taxes to redistribute income or fund ineffective programs. I will stand up for fellow small business men and women and embolden an entrepreneurial environment in Northern Michigan.
The Declaration of Independence states: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”.
Thus, we must protect the rights of the unborn just as we protect the rights of the born.
Psalm 127:3-4 Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth.
When I became Mayor of the City of Manton, I quickly realized that municipalities are held under the same governmental strongholds as my business, only on a much grander scale. The legislators in Lansing must stay cognizant of the laws they enact that have negative repercussions on municipalities.
As Mayor, I understand the challenges all counties, cities and villages face when dealing with government, especially as funding for communities gets smaller and smaller. I will give every effort to streamline bills enacted by state government so that communities can better understand and proceed with less complicated forms and unnecessary regulatory strongholds.
Watching my son graduate from Marine boot camp was the proudest, yet most ambiguous time of my life. I was leaving my son in the care of the USMC at a time when the Obama administration was gutting our military, eliminating benefits and the VA hospitals neglect came to light in the media. I was not confident leaving my son behind - not knowing if his country would take care of him as much as he was volunteering to take care of his country.
We must make Michigan a welcoming place for our veterans to come home to. Taking care of our veterans through job placement and adequate health care should be our priority.