State House of Representatives
Job History: I've worked ten years in state, regional, and local government; another ten years of private-sector jobs, including two teaching English in Japan; and close to the same amount of experience with non-profit organizations and campaigns, including 5-1/2 years working with Michigan Citizen Action and a half-year job running and improving the inventory system for the Food Bank of South Central Michigan. Now I'm about to complete my tenth year in my latest career as an attorney – after graduating cum laude from Cooley Law School with concentrations in administrative law and Constitutional law and civil rights, and specific training in plain-English legal writing and the legislative process. Much of my paid work combines my legal training and my knowledge of Japanese, but I have also done significant pro bono and paid work in the fields of election and Freedom of Information law. Important Issues: Michigan Michigan's constitution says: “All political power is inherent in the people. Government is instituted for their equal benefit, security and protection.” But around Michigan – from Detroit to Benton Harbor, from Flint to the Straits of Mackinac to the Kalamazoo River, in Lansing and East Lansing – politicians are clinging to power. To find a pleasant peninsula today, we need to do more than just look around. We need to take back our power, use it to lift Michigan up from dead last in state government integrity and accountability, and invest it in benefits for the people: • Education to help young people become good citizens and learners, ready for the work of the future – not just specific jobs that may not exist tomorrow. • Sustainable transportation and other public infrastructure and utilities. • Protection for Michigan's water, air, and soil – and other public trusts. • Workplace policies designed to help workers and families. • Tax and justice systems based on fairness to the people. • Fair elections – countable, recountable, and accountable to the people.