A mortgage loan officer and a state official fight over the seat of the State House in the Grand Rapids area

WALKER, MI — A state representative and a mortgage officer face off Nov. 8 for the State House seat representing Walker and Grandville as well as the west side of Grand Rapids and the northern part of downtown.

State Representative Carol Glanville, D-Walker, takes on Republican Mike Milanowski in the general election contest for the new 84th State House District.

Glanville currently represents the 74th State House District after winning an upset and special election victory in May to fill a vacant seat. Milanowski entered the special election as a write-in after Republican nominee in that race, Robert Regan, made controversial comments.

The new State House and Senate districts are in play for the November general election, with Walker and Grandville moving from the 74th State House district to the new 84th district.

Glanville served as Walker City Commissioner from 2019-2022 and holds a master’s degree in instructional programs and technology from the University of Phoenix.

Milanowski has been a mortgage loan officer for 21 years and holds a bachelor’s degree from Aquinas College.

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What, if anything, should Michigan do to 1) provide equitable, quality public education to all students and 2) address the teacher shortage?

Glaville:

Adequate and equitable funding of public education should be a priority for the state. Reducing the education funding gap projected by the 2021-2022 school aid budget is an essential first step. But we cannot stop there. Curriculum, delivery, teacher preparation and teacher compensation are other areas of critical need. To meet the specific needs of different regions of the state, this work should be done in collaboration with CIOs and local unions. Infrastructure improvements such as free, quality statewide broadband and capital upgrades such as HVAC further impact access and success.

Milanowski:

We need to give parents more control over their child’s education, allowing them to work with schools to do what’s best for the child, whether it’s remote, in-person learning. , whatever they think is best and delivers results. We also need to put in place merit-based incentives for top performing teachers.

What policies do you support to help Michigan residents improve their economic situation?

Milanowski:

We need to help small businesses and businesses that are still struggling post COVID, but by lowering their taxes and helping them find trained and qualified employees. Specialized trades must be promoted among young people and urban areas who are unaware of this option. We need to lower the tax burden on people and suspend the gas tax.

Glaville:

The middle class has long suffered the economic consequences of a lack of policies that support paid parental and sick leave, affordable health care and post-secondary education/degree options, and a minimum wage that matches the true cost of living. There has been some movement in each of these areas and I will support the initiatives included in the SOAR by building partnerships to explore and implement policies and initiatives that provide relief to small businesses, working families and young people. adults, paving the way for a strong future in Michigan.

What state policies do you support regarding Michigan elections, campaign finance, and voting rights?

Glaville:

Voting rights are under attack in Michigan, which not only makes it more difficult to vote, but also imposes obstacles to the administration of free and fair elections. In addition, taxpayers’ money is wasted on frivolous investigations and accusations of widespread voter fraud. I support the measures reflected in the Freedom to Vote Act that facilitates access to voter registration and protects and expands access to early voting and mail-in voting. It is incumbent on legislators to ensure equal access to the vote for the entire electorate.

Milanowski:

I believe in mail-in voting for people who request a ballot or cannot vote on election day. I believe in the identification of the voter in order to be able to vote.

What actions or policies do you support to protect Michigan’s water, air, and land for current and future generations? What is your position on energy efficiency and renewable energies?

Milanowski:

I believe Michigan’s natural resources are what make the state great and unique and the envy of other states across the country. That is why we must do everything possible to protect these resources. I also think we need to continue to be energy efficient and explore more ways and options for renewable energy. However, I think we need to use all available forms of energy as we move towards renewables. You cannot drastically cut one or more forms of energy and switch to another.

Glaville:

Michigan is surrounded by 84% of North America’s fresh surface water and ten million people live in our state. We have a responsibility to prioritize the protection of public health and the conservation of our land, air and water. I support the expansion of access to solar and renewable energy at the residential and community level. Invest in workforce development for the clean energy transition and support renewable energy-ready communities to ensure local governments have the authority and tools they need to develop the development of renewable energy in their communities.

How would you address racial, economic, health, and educational inequalities, including Michigan’s 23% children and 17% seniors living in poverty?

Glaville:

The MI New Economy Plan creates a pathway to address the wide range of issues that contribute to poverty. I support investing in programs and policies that address the historical systemic inequalities that brought us here. From opportunities to earn a post-secondary degree, to the Elliott Larsen expansion, to the benefits cliff (that dead-end space where you have to choose between earning a little more money or keeping the benefits) and invest in affordable housing. We must identify and address not just needs, but design measures to correct the injustices that keep many people trapped in a perpetual cycle of need and want.

Milanowski:

As I mentioned in previous questions. We need to give parents more control over their children’s education to give them more choice, especially in failing school districts. We also need to promote other options at a younger age in these areas, especially with the skilled trades. We also need more affordable housing options.

What steps, if any, should be taken to reduce gun violence in our communities?

Milanowski:

Again, a lot of that comes down to fixing education, providing career options, but we also need to improve mental health programs.

Glaville:

In light of the shooting at an Oxford school last year, it would be hard to say there isn’t a problem with gun violence in Michigan. Laws with regulatory measures like prohibiting the purchase of guns by felons have been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court and provide the perfect way to protect the Second Amendment by balancing responsible gun ownership fire while mitigating gun violence. Examples of this type of legislation include the Child Access Prevention Acts, Extreme Risk Prevention (aka Red Flag) Orders, and the maintenance of CPL licensing requirements.

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