TRANSPARENT. ACCOUNTABLE. ACCESSIBLE. ALWAYS.
In a time when it feels like we’re more divided than ever, trust in our elected officials in at an all-time low. And it’s no wonder why. You should feel like your representative is fair, honest, and spends 100% of their time and efforts working for you. Unfortunately and for far too long, that hasn't been the case in Michigan. Nationally, Michigan ranks as one of the worst in government ethics, and representatives often seem to vote against the wishes of their constituents.
Accessibility and transparency are my #1 priorities. I'll treat this campaign as a test run for how I'd treat the office: I'll always keep you informed on what's going on, bring you inside the campaign trail, and be available to talk about the issues.
The best ideas come about when everyone is heard. And I'm here to listen.
I’m the only candidate in the race who has committed, if elected, to closing down my current work and business to focus 100% of my time, energy, and efforts on serving as your State Senator.
Because that’s the type of representation you deserve.
WHERE WE ARE NOW
- Michigan currently ranks dead-last in government ethics and transparency, per the Center for Public Integrity
- In 2017, Governor Snyder signed “Citizens United on Steroids” into law, allowing candidates to raise unlimited amounts of money, including from corporation, to SuperPACs and allowing them to share lawyers and consultants with those organizations and increasing the amount of dark money in state politics
- Michigan currently does not require lawmakers to file asset disclosure forms, recuse themselves when there may be a conflict of interest, and has no laws prohibiting cronyism or nepotism in legislative staff hiring.
- Michigan is the only state in the country which exempts the governor, lieutenant governor, and legislature from the Freedom of Information Act.
- According to a 2017 report, Michigan is one of three states whose legislative districts show the “most extreme examples of partisan bias,” or gerrymandering.
WHAT WE CAN DO
- Reverse “Citizens United on Steroids”
- Expand the Freedom of Information Act to include the governor, lieutenant governor, and legislature
- Support the Proposition 2 ballot proposal to end partisan gerrymandering and create an independent redistricting commission
- Pass legislation requiring financial disclosure and conflicts of interest from legislators