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    Michigan State Legislative Race 2014

    Patrick Colbeck is a member of the Republican Party and Michigan’s 7th State Senate district where he has served since 2010. He was born and raised in Michigan. He grew up in Westland and Livonia and currently resides in Canton, MI. He graduated from Catholic Central High School in Redford, MI and decided to pursue a higher education. He earned a bachelors and masters in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan and is also a graduate of Life Sciences Department and International Space University in Strasbourg, France. Patrick was one of the first Senators to be elected into office without previously holding any other elected office. He currently serves as the Vice Chairman for Reform, Restructure, and Reinvent, Vice Chairman of Appropriations Subcommittee of Transportation, and Chair of Appropriations Subcommittee on the Michigan State Police and Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. The senator has 20 years of experience of engineering and management, spanning a variety of industries like automotive, healthcare, aerospace, defense manufacturing, information technology, pharmaceuticals, and telecommunications. Prior to him being elected as Senator and his 20 years of engineering and management, he served as Treasurer of the Board of Canton Charter Academy, which ranks as one of the top K-8 public institutions in Michigan. During his first year in office he launched a Freedom Center in Detroit Metro Airport, which serve those that serve us . He also launched a bipartisan, bicameral SE Michigan Caucus and launched the 10th Amendment Caucus. He is also the Assistant Caucus Chair for the Republican Caucus Leadership.

    Dian Slavens is Patrick Colbeck’s opponent for State Senator. She is a Democrat and is serving her third term as State Representative for the 21st district. Dian has lived in Canton county for 20 years and has an associates degree in applied science. She also has a certification as a Respiratory therapist from Oakland Community College. As State Representative she work to protect the health and well being of Michigan residents, sponsored a law that held accountable health care professionals when they engaged in harmful and unethical practices.

    Dian and Patrick both promote education excellence and the economy. Dian has fought cuts to K-12 schools and higher education. School Aid Fund is her top priority as a Senate alone with fighting to turn education into a for-profit enterprise in Michigan. Dian is in support of Michigan 2020 Plan, which provides in state tuition to all Michigan high school graduates and continue to fight to make higher education affordable. Patrick as a former school board Treasurer has a different approach to education. He believes
    people dedicate too much time on how much we are spending on students rather than how well are the students performing. Patrick believes the problem lies in the escalating health care and pension costs, which are bringing financial pressures to schools and impacting the delivery of education to the kids. Patrick will also continue to fight against legislators who pass legislation that complicates the fundamentals of educating children.
    ! As far as the economy, Dian believes the road to recovery requires attracting new businesses and supporting the big businesses that already exist. She is a leader in job creation strategies and promotes Michigan-made products. She is a big supporter in urging consumers to buy locally and support Michigan businesses as much as possible. Dian also works with workers by promoting education and training opportunities so they become more applicable in the jobs that Michiganders desire. Patrick has a different approach to this as well, he believes it takes lowering health care costs, lowering tax rates, tax mechanisms that are easy to interpret, freedom for skilled workers to work any where they want, natural resources, and low cost energy will improve Michigan’s economy.

    One of Dian and Patricks differences is the people who they are focusing on. One of Dian’s main priority is to protect seniors’ hard earned retirement income, repeal tax increase on seniors’ limited incomes, and protect them from physical and financial abuse by strengthening laws against those who harm them. Lastly, she will defend services that seniors depend on. Patrick is focused on adopting a real transparency. During his first term he was able to pass a law called Ten Million Accountants, which gives citizens information on how the government is spending their tax money. His plan for his potential term is expand his metrics based budget approach to budgets to all other budgets. This will improve public safety and state services to veterans.

    Overall, both candidates care about the economy and education, but have a different approach on how to fix it. They also have different focus groups and priorities, but it is up to the citizens of the 7th district to decide who will lead their county to success.

    Work Cited

    http://www.senatorpatrickcolbeck.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 8 Oct. 2014.

    http://www.dianslavens.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 8 Oct. 2014.

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