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    The 21st Michigan House District seat is currently home to a hotly contest open seat in western Wayne County. The district includes Canton Township, Van Buren Township, and the City of Belleville. The seat was held by Democrat Dian Slavens for three consecutive two-year terms. Prior to her taking the seat, Republicans had held it for a number of decades. Kristy Pagan, Democrat, and Carol Ann Fausone, Republican, are the two candidates vying for the seat in the 2014 Midterm Elections.

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    Candidate Background

    Democrat

    Kristy Pagan is the Democratic candidate for the 21st Michigan House District. Pagan was born in Belleville, Michigan and raised in Canton, Michigan. She received her bachelor degree from Western Michigan and her Master’s degree in Political Management from George Washington University in Washington D.C. Soon after graduating, Pagan worked for Senator Debbie Stabenow for two years on education policy.

    Pagan returned to her hometown of Canton, Michigan in 2011 and started her own small business, Kristy Pagan Consulting LLC. In 2012, her business provided fundraising assistance for Michigan House and Senate candidates. Some of her clients were current State Representative Gretchen Driskell, State Senator Rebekah Warren, and current holder of the 21st Michigan House District, Dian Slavens. She currently works for Wayne State University's Law School. This is Pagan’s first time running for public office.

    Republican

    Carol Ann Fausone is the Republican candidate for the 21st Michigan House District. She was born in Eastern Ohio and has been a resident of Wayne County since 1981. Fausone is the first retired Brigadier General in Michigan National Guard history. She is also a former nurse and State of Michigan employee. She received her bachelor degree from University of Michigan in 1975 and her two Master's degrees from Madonna University in 1983 and 1995 ("Biography"). From 2003-2011, Fausone served as the State of Michigan's Assistant Adjutant General of Veterans Affairs.

    She currently sits on a number of boards including the Canton Chamber of Commerce and the Michgan Freedom Center. Fausone also runs a small business her husband, Jim, called Legal Help for Veterans, PLLC ("Biography"). This is Fausone's second time running for public office.

    Candidate Policy Positions

    Kristy Pagan

    Pagan and her campaign’s top three policy positions are investing in Michigan’s K-12 education system, repealing Governor Snyder’s senior pension tax, and fixing Michigan roads ("Meet Kristy". In addition to her top issues, she has declared herself to be a strong pro-choice advocate, pro-renewable energy, and for removing Nuclear waste from Belleville.


    Carol Ann Fausone

    Fausone’s and her campaign's top three issues are fixing Michigan's roads, investing in Michigan's children and education, and support policies that promote job growth("ISSUES AHEAD OF US"). She also a staunch supporter of the first and second amendments, Governor Snyder's Freedom to Work policy, and pro-life movement .

    Differences on the Issues

    Kristy Pagan and Carol Ann Fausone are actually pretty close in terms of issues and policies they support. However, they are some issues that separate the two candidates. Pagan is a strong supporter of the pro-choice position on abortion while Fausone is an anti-abortion advocate. Pagan disagrees with Governor Snyder's policies including his Right to Work bill that did not require certain employees to be part of a union. Fausone believes in Governor Snyder's policies including what she calls "Freedom to Work" law.



    Works Cited

    "Biography." Tobacco Issues.com: Voter Resources. Web. 6 Oct. 2014.

    "ISSUES AHEAD OF US." Fausone for State Representative. Web. 6 Oct. 2014.

    "Meet Kristy | Kristy Pagan for State Representative." Meet Kristy | Kristy Pagan for State Representative. Web. 5 Oct. 2014.











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