GENESEE COUNTY — Incumbent 51st District State Rep. Mike Mueller (R-Linden) will be challenged for his seat by Brad May (D-Fenton) in the Nov. 3 general election.
The 51st District covers Argentine Township, Atlas Township, Fenton Township, Flushing Township, Gaines Township, and Linden.
Here is what the candidates had to say, in their own words:
Mike Mueller, Age: 46
Education: B.S. – Criminal Justice, Eastern Michigan University
Accomplishments: In my first term as a state Representative, I introduced and passed legislation that made sensible reforms to our criminal justice system. Specifically, these bills amended the laws pertaining to suspended licenses and require that licenses only be suspended for driving-related offenses. I also secured additional budget funding for law enforcement officers in Genesee County, passed legislation that protects restaurants from frivolous third-party delivery services who advertise their products without permission, and 16 introduced legislation that properly funds our roads without a tax increase.
Tell us what your goals are for the community if elected? Keep our schools and infrastructure properly funded, continue to support the safe re-opening of Michigan’s economy, and promote government transparency at all levels.
Brad May, Age: 51
Education: Earned a BSW and MSW from Spring Arbor University.
Accomplishments: My biggest accomplishment(s) is raising 4 children, and second to that would be starting college at 43 years old with zero credits and graduating at the top of my class seven years later (Summa Cum Laude) with my Master’s degree in Social Work so that I could fulfill my dream of becoming a mental health therapist.
Tell us what your goals are for the community if elected? If elected I’ll prioritize health care (Medicare for ALL, quality mental health care access for anyone who wants it, as well as removing the stigma associated with seeking mental health care) as well as removing the barriers to municipal broadband (inexpensive internet paid for with our tax dollars at a fraction of the cost), increased funding for our public school systems, and increased salaries for our teachers.
In addition to these if elected I will further initiatives to better prepare our community for COVID19 (and any future public health crisis) including increased funding for testing and contact tracing, and better support for small businesses struggling to stay afloat throughout the restrictive periods. There is a lot more to me than I can fit into a short bio, so if you would like to know more please visit electbradmay.com and read detailed information about myself and my campaign platform. If you believe you have not been heard (properly represented in Lansing by your previously elected Representatives) vote for me and take your voice back!”
The Genesee County View will run more candidate profiles over the coming weeks for the various races through the county.