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    Michigan State Senate District 7
    District 7 is located in Wayne county Michigan. It includes Belleville city, Brownstown Twp, Canton Twp, Flat Rock city, Gibraltar city, Grosse Ile Twp, Huron Twp, Northville city (part), Northville Twp, Plymouth city, Plymouth Twp, Rockwood city, Sumpter Twp, Trenton city, Van Buren Twp and Woodhaven city.

    . Kathleen Law

    Democrat
    Hometown: Gibraltar, MI
    Personal: Married to Richard Law and have 1 son and 2 grandsons.
    Professional Experience: Research Scientist in alternative energy for 22 years.
    Political Experience: Michigan State House Representative for the 23rd district 2002-2008. As representative she served on the House Committees of: Agriculture, Great Lakes and Environment, Government Operations, Tourism, Outdoor Recreation and Natural Resources and Transportation.
    Past Mayor Pro Tempore for City of Gibraltar in 1998
    Education: Bachelors in Microbiology and Chemistry from Eastern Michigan University
    Total Contributions: $35,216.00
    Total Expenditures: $13,658.41
    Focus Issues: Economy, Education, and Reform.
    Priorities: Stabilizing the municipal funding and creating sustainable career development.

    Patrick Colbeck

    Republican
    Hometown: Canton, MI
    Personal: Married to Angie Colbeck
    Professional Experience: Worked in Aerospace, Defense, Pharmaceuticals, Healthcare, Telecommunications, Automotive, Information Technology, and Financial Services.
    Since 2004 he has been President of Perspective Shifts, LLC and formed web hosting services company Tek Made Easy in 2007. Prior to his entrepreneurial endevors, he worked on designs for the International Space Station. He also served as a regular lecturer at Space Camp in Huntsville, AL while with Boeing. He has been certified by Microsoft as a Small Business Specialist. He wrote the book Information Technology Roadmap for Professional Service Firms, which is designed to help small businesses ease onto the information highway, in 2006.
    Political Experience: He is a member of the Northville and Canton Chambers of Commerce and Treasurer of the Canton Charter Academy Board.
    Education: Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Aerospace Engineering from University of Michigan.
    Total Contributions: $49,617.00
    Total Expenditures: $36,349.48
    Focus Issues: Economy, Healthcare, and Education.
    Priorities: His big focuses are job and business growth for Michigan and reducing the cost of healthcare through promotion of Heath Savings Accounts.

    Contrast of the Candidates

    The candidates have an immediate difference in their experience. Kathleen Law has more experience in the political sphere, and primarily in the Michigan State House of Representatives, but she lacks in business experience. Patrick Colbeck has less political experience, but he does have much business experience and helping small businesses. This is also stressed in the groups that choose to contribute to each candidate. Bankers, auto dealers, and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce are among several PACs to contribute to Colbeck. Many of these are considered to be the voices of business. Kathleen Law gains contributions from Michigan laborers, the UAW, progressives and more individual contributions. Law's contributions tend to be more on an individualistic level than Colbeck, who is popular with businesses.

    Both candidates have similar issue focuses for the election. They both believe that education should be a spending priority and that fixing the economy is a priority focus. Patrick Colbeck strongly focuses on job growth and accomplishing this through decreasing the financial burden on people, creating a stable and regulated environment for businesses to grow, and focus on exceptional education for future generations. He also strongly focuses on healthcare solutions. Kathleen Law looks to turn the economy of Michigan around through restarting manufacturing, attacking new capital and building up smaller businesses. She also hopes to increase jobs through sustainable career education. Both candidates have similar goals, but a main difference is the perspective in which each candidate focuses. Patrick Colbeck is experienced in business and working with businesses, he does have some political experience, but little compared to Kathleen Law. Kathleen, on the other hand, does not have the extensive business background that Colbeck has, but does have a stronger political background. The difference is whether a business focus and strategy would be a better avenue or a political minded strategy could fix Michigan.

     

    Works Cited

    Kathleen Law AMENDED POST-PRIMARY CS . http://miboecfr.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/cfr/sum_pg.cgi?doc_seq_no%3D334058%26doc_stmnt_year%3D2010%26com_id%3D514645%26doc_date_proc%3D10/15/2010%26doc_type_code%3DP2A (accessed October 18, 2010).
    Kathleen Law for State Senate. http://www.kathleenlawforsenate.com (accessed October 18, 2010).
    Patrick Colbeck for Michigan Senate, 7th District. http://www.colbeckformisenate.com (accessed October 18, 2010).
    Patrick Colbeck POST-PRIMARY CS . http://miboecfr.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/cfr/sum_pg.cgi?doc_seq_no%3D332816%26doc_stmnt_year%3D2010%26com_id%3D514803%26doc_date_proc%3D09/02/2010%26doc_type_code%3DP2 (accessed October 18, 2010).
    Project VoteSmart. http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=37792 (accessed October 18, 2010).
    State Senator Bruce Patterson. http://www.senate.michigan.gov/gop/senators/district.asp?District=7 (accessed October 18, 2010).
    VOTER GUIDE - Tuesday, November 2, 2010, GENERAL Election. League of Women Voters of Michigan Education Fund. http://www.lwvmi.org/documents/VG2010MIGeneralSS07.pdf (accessed October 18, 2010).

     

     

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