GENESEE COUNTY — Republican Allen D. Hardwick of Whitmore Lake, Libertarian candidate Harold Jones of Coleman, and incumbent Democrat Dan Kildee of Flint will square off in the Nov. 4 general election for Michigan’s 5th Congressional seat.
Hardwick, 50, is a political newcomer, facing Kildee, who is completing his first term as Congressman, a seat held for several decades by his uncle, Dale Kildee.
Kildee, 56, is a graduate of Flint Northern High School; he holds a B.S. Administration, Central Michigan University Graduate college (School, degree and year earned) Other education; Fannie Mae Foundation Fellow, Kennedy School, Harvard University, 2005
He said he wants to bring Republicans and Democrats together to deal with the nation’s problems.
“I want to continue to work in a bipartisan fashion in Congress to help Michigan and tackle the challenges we face as a country,” said Kildee.
Hardwick, owner of Computech Computer Service since 1997, and his wife, Lynnette, have four children – James, Patrick, Courtani, Adam and Elisha.
He lists his education as having graduated Paint Valley High School in Bainbridge, OH, and as having attended Pickaway-Ross VoTech, in Chillicothe, OH.
He said he has been a servant and served in leadership roles in his church and community serving as usher, home group ministry leader, men’s group ministry chair, City Wide Community Outreach Program, building maintenance and the IT Department.
If elected to the U.S. Congress, Hardwick said he wants to bring back jobs and prosperity to the area.
“We need to make it profitable for manufacturing and other trades to come to this area. To do this we need to ease restrictions and tax burdens on businesses,” he said. “Also we need to embrace the use of our own domestic energy to bring down the cost of fossil fuels until green energy can be more widely utilized. Focus on education to better prepare of kids for the job market from high school. Bring back programs for skilled trades and life skills.”
“There is much more that needs to be accomplished that will benefit every American as well,” he said.
Jones, 52, also a political newcomer, has worked 27 years as a Field Geologist/Scientist and is currently employed by Parsons Corporation.
His family include daughter Lauren, 19, and son Clayton, 25. He hold a Bachelor’s of Science in Geology from the University of Alabama
He lists his community service as being a Presbyterian Deacon and a Red Cross volunteer.
Jones said he sees jobs and education has the main issues facing the state of Michigan.
“The excess burden of government intervention in every aspect of our lives has discouraged individuals businesses and individuals from hiring new workers,” said Jones. “If elected, I will never vote to increase taxes on businesses and the individual. Tax exemptions for new innovative, business will be promoted to come to Michigan.”
He said to address education needs in Michigan, he would like to see more emphasis on the skilled technical trades.
“The state educational system must partner with the business wanting to hire skilled workers,” said Jones. “Apprenticeship and co-op programs within existing business will also build a strong skilled workforce.”