September 20, 2018

Michael Shmina

Candidate for State House of Representatives, 32nd District

Republican

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Campaign Issues

Why are you running for this office?
To roll back the ever-increasing welfare state.
What skillsets and real life experience do you have that makes you the best candidate for the role?
I have been a taxpaying resident of my district for ten years. I am have been working in a private-sector career for over two decades. I know that every dollar Lansing spends is a dollar taken from a taxpayer because I am one. For far too long I have seen my freedoms being eroded while my taxes creep ever higher to address problems that only seem to get worse.
What are the top three issues you are concerned with for your district/municipality?
By far the main issue is JOBS; followed by the ever growing and centralization of government; and LIBERTY.
What are the solutions you will bring forward if elected?
The solution is simple, not easy but simple. Through stifling taxes and regulations it is becoming harder every day to make an honest living. Crony capitalism and favoritism need to be eliminated in order to unleash the vitality of hard working Michiganders. Big Government, Big Business, and Big Labor always seem to be able to come to some accommodation at the expense of the citizen, the individual. Ronald Regan said it best nearly fifty years ago: This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American Revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.
What specific measures will you take to maintain low taxes and less expensive, limited government?
Our state government does too much and wastes far too much taxpayer money. We need to eliminate programs that could and should be (and in many cases are already being) done at the local level where the citizens have a greater say in their government. By thoroughly reexamining what the proper role of the state should be we will create a smaller, less expensive state government.
If elected, what will you do to better promote transparency in government?
Laws should be much shorter and written so all Michiganders can understand them. When Lansing does less, we will return more responsibilities to counties, cities, and townships, which are more responsive and controlled by individuals.
Have you received any endorsements?  If so, please list.
None. The state-wide groups seem to be quite content to fall in line behind the pliable incumbent.

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Party Issues

Why are you a running as a Republican?
I have been a lifelong Republican. I believe the GOP is more closely aligned with smaller, limited government, lower taxes, The Constitution, and the rights of the individual.
What prior involvement have you had in the Republican Party or Conservative organizations?
I ran for this office once before. I have been a convention delegate and worked on other some elections.
What is your position on Obamacare?
I am virulently opposed to Obamacare and will do everything in my power to fight its implementation.
What is your position on abortion?
I am opposed to abortion and will begin working on Pro-Life issues from day one.
What is your position on the 2nd Amendment?
The Second Amendment guarantees the individual the right to bear arms. Most gun laws only make life more difficult for law-abiding citizens while doing nothing to hamper criminals.
What is your position on public sector unions?
We need to limit the ability of any publicly funded organization to then turn around and use public funds to lobby for more public funds, including, but not limited to, public sector unions.

State/County/Local Issues

What are the two biggest issues you feel Macomb County is facing today?
Jobs
Do you think Macomb County should have casinos?
No!
What is your position on the Ambassador bridge project?
I do not think we need another bridge at this time, but I will not stand in the way of any individual or corporation with the wherewithal to build one to do so—this is a freedom issue. I am opposed to a publicly funded bridge.
What is your position on special millages like the DIA or Zoo millages?
I am opposed to any government: state, county, or local tries to fob off popular programs on the electorate rather than finding the money within the general budget.

Michael Shmina

Residence: Ira Township
Marital Status: Married
Current Occupation: Construction Project Manager, A. Z. Shmina, Inc.
Contact Email: shminaformichigan@comcast.net
Contact Phone: 586-725-6318
Contact Address: 7911 Bouvier Bay Road, Fair Haven, Michigan 48023
Website: michaelshmina.org
Social Media Links: Facebook

 

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