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US Senator Gary Peters

Position: US Senator
Phone: (517) 377-1508
Address: 124 West Allegan Street Suite 1810 Lansing, MI 48933

In the 114th Congress, Gary serves on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee and the Joint Economic Committee.

In the U.S. Senate, Gary’s top priority is to continue supporting job creation and economic growth to strengthen Michigan small businesses and our middle class. He is committed to working with members of both parties to find commonsense, practical and bipartisan solutions to the challenges facing Michigan and our nation.

US Senator Debbie Stabenow

Position: US Senator

Born in Gladwin and raised in Clare, Debbie Stabenow knows what matters to Michigan. Elected to the United States Senate in 2000, she is respected for her ability to build coalitions to get things done for Michigan and our nation.

As Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and a member of the Senate Energy, Finance, and Budget Committees, she has a powerful and unique role to play in shaping our nation's manufacturing, health care, and agriculture policies, which are so critical to our future.

Among her many accomplishments, she has cut taxes for small businesses and passed initiatives to revitalize our manufacturing sector. In 2009, she authored the successful "Cash for Clunkers" program that gave a critical boost to the auto industry and manufacturers, and she authored the retooling loan program for advanced manufacturers that is bringing jobs back to Michigan from Mexico. 

She serves as Co-Chair of the bipartisan Senate Manufacturing Caucus, and was appointed to the President's Export Council by both President Bush and President Obama, where she helps Michigan companies export their products overseas.

She is a true friend and fighter for Michigan.

US Representative Tim Walberg

Position: US Representative, 7th District

Tim Walberg is known throughout south-central Michigan for his commitment to bringing good-paying jobs back to Michigan,  restraining government spending, reducing the national deficit and defending traditional values.

Walberg is currently in his second term in the U.S. House of Representatives, serving Michigan’s Seventh District, which includes Branch, Eaton, Hillsdale, Jackson and Lenawee counties and parts of Calhoun and Washtenaw counties.  Congressman Walberg is a principled, independent conservative dedicated to serving his constituents and willing to work in a bi-partisan manner on legislation that benefits the Seventh District.

Since taking office in 2007, the Congressman has hosted hundreds of public meetings and visited many parts of the district not accustomed to seeing their representative. He has attempted to be the most accessible representative in south-central Michigan's history.

Born in Chicago, Congressman Walberg grew up on the city’s south side and worked briefly as a union steel mill worker before attending Western Illinois University, Moody Bible Institute, Taylor University in Fort Wayne, IN (formerly Fort Wayne Bible College) and Wheaton College Graduate School, earning his B.S. and M.A. degrees.

Previously Congressman Walberg served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 1983 to 1999, gaining a reputation as a principled voice for less government spending, lower taxes and fewer regulations, as well as a compassionate voice for the culture of life and traditional values.

During Tim's 16 years in the state legislature, he never voted for a tax increase and successfully fought to reduce income taxes, property taxes, capital gains taxes and death taxes. He also compiled a 100% pro-life voting record and earned a lifetime A+ rating from the NRA.

Prior to his time in the Michigan House, Congressman Walberg served as a pastor for almost 10 years. Following his 16 years in the Michigan House, he served as president of the Warren Reuther Center for Education and Community Impact where his duties included creating local community betterment programs in the 7th District. Tim also worked as a division manager for the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, before retiring in January 2006.

Tim and his wife Sue have been married for over 35 years. They live in Tipton, Michigan, where they raised their three now-adult children Matthew, Heidi and Caleb.

Senator Mike Shirkey

Position: State Senator, 16th District
Phone: (517) 373-5932
Address: P.O. Box 30036 Lansing, MI 48909-7536

Shirkey serves as chair of the Senate Health Policy and Michigan Competitiveness committees, and is a member of the Elections and Government Reform and Energy and Technology committees. He also serves as the vice-chair for the Appropriations subcommittee for Community Health.

 

Representative Earl Poleski

Position: State Representative, 64th District
Phone: (517) 373-1795
Address: P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909-7514

District
State Representative Earl Poleski was first elected in November 2010 to the Michigan House to represent the people of Jackson County including the city of Jackson and the townships of Concord, Hanover, Napoleon, Parma, Pulaski, Sandstone, Spring Arbor and Summit.

Poleski has promised to work towards making Michigan more business friendly by cutting the Michigan Business Tax and replacing it with a tax that aligns the interests of business with that of our State. Poleski is committed to fix state government and stop Michigan from wasteful spending.

Committees
Poleski serves as chair of the House Financial Liability Reform Committee. He also is a member of the House Appropriations Committee, and chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government; and serves on the subcommittees on Corrections and Transportation.

Education
Poleski graduated from Albion College in 1978 and went on to receive his Master’s Degree in Taxation Science from Walsh College in 1986.

Professional
A Certified Public Accountant since 1981, Poleski’s career has included balancing budgets, keeping a watchful eye on spending, and protecting the financial security of his clients, neighbors and fellow taxpayers.

Throughout his career, Earl has been a sole-practitioner and partner with accounting firms providing individual and business accounting, tax and consulting services, and representing clients to the IRS and state tax agencies. Currently, Earl is a member of the Lally Group, PC accounting firm in Jackson.

Personal
Poleski’s family has lived in Jackson since 1973. He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Candy, since 1978. Candy’s family has lived in Jackson for five generations. Together, they have two grown sons, Earl Wayne and John.

Poleski and his family are members of the First United Methodist Church where he sings in the Chancel Choir and has been active in several leadership roles. Poleski has also led several mission trips around the country with Jackson youth teaching values such as service, hard work, honesty and responsibility.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder

Position: Governor

After graduating from Battle Creek Lakeview High School a semester early, Rick earned three degrees from the University of Michigan, all by the age of 23. He obtained his Bachelor's degree with high distinction in 1977, his MBA with distinction in 1979 and a JD in 1982.

Following a successful career with Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers), where he became a partner in six years, Rick left his home state of Michigan to help manage Gateway computers. As the 763rd employee to join the company, he guided the growth of Gateway until it became a Fortune 500 company with over 10,000 employees. During these years of rapid growth, Rick was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer of the company. He ran the day-to-day operations of Gateway and worked directly with Ted Waitt - the founder of the company.

Rick's record of job creation didn't stop when he left Gateway in 1997. After proving he can help build and run a multibillion dollar publicly traded company he chose to return to Michigan and focus his efforts on building new businesses from the ground up.

He raised an unprecedented $200 million in venture capital funds to invest in building startup businesses, taking ideas and translating them into exciting companies. One of Rick's many success stories is the creation of HealthMedia, Inc., which provides internet based wellness and disease management tools. HealthMedia's business plan was crafted on a whiteboard with Rick and a University of Michigan professor, Vic Strecher. With Rick's investment and leadership, the company has created over 130 jobs in Michigan.

Rick has provided early investment and start up assistance for a number of other successful businesses, including Esperion Therapeutics, which was later purchased by Pfizer.

In addition to creating new businesses, Rick has been actively involved in economic development on a statewide and local level in Michigan. Governor Engler appointed Rick to serve as the first Chair of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation in 1999. Rick quickly put in place a strong business model that became one of the nation's leading public-private economic development programs. From 1997 to 2000, Michigan won the prestigious Governor's Cup award from Site Selection magazine every year. This award is presented to the state with the highest number of new or expanded facilities in Site Selection's database. Also under Rick's leadership, in 1999 the Michigan Life Sciences Corridor was launched. During Rick's tenure as Chair, the MEDC initiated legislative efforts for SmartZones to support technology startups. These programs contributed to the formation of new companies across the state.

Rick has also been an economic development leader in Washtenaw County for the past decade. Rick wrote the business plan and was the first Chair for Ann Arbor SPARK - one of the most successful economic development programs in the country. Ann Arbor SPARK's mission is to "advance the development of innovation-based businesses in the Ann Arbor region by offering programs, resources, and proactive support to business at every stage, from start-ups to large organizations looking for expansion opportunities." Using their Open Source approach to economic development, Ann Arbor SPARK has been instrumental in growing new businesses and attracting existing businesses. Programs include Michigan's SmartZone network, the Michigan Life Science and Innovation Center, the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund, the Michigan Innovation Equipment Depot and the Economic Development Coalition of Southeastern Michigan. SPARK recently reported that in 2009 it helped secure $147 million in investments for the region, while helping 33 companies announce expansions with plans to hire a total of 2,118.

Creating more and better jobs was the number one issue for Rick Snyder in this campaign. He understands what it takes to plan and launch a new business. He has the vision and plan for creating jobs throughout the state. Michigan needs businesses to start, grow and flourish in order to be a great state again - and as Governor, Rick will lead the way.

Jackson Mayor Bill Jors

Position: Jackson City Mayor
Phone: (517) 740-2733
Address: 910 Essex Park Drive

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Councilmember Freddie Dancy

Position: Jackson City Councilmember, Ward 2
Phone: (517) 740-1250
Address: 1240 Hamlin Place

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Councilmember Derek Dobies

Position: Jackson City Councilmember, Ward 6
Phone: (517) 618-1452
Address: 918 First St.

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Councilmember Dan Greer

Position: Jackson City Councilmember, Ward 3
Phone: (517) 787-4607
Address: 810 Loomis Street

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Councilmember Craig Pappin

Position: Jackson City Councilmember, Ward 4
Phone: (517) 782-6800
Address: 1339 Horton Road

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Councilmember Arlene Robinson

Position: Councilmember, Ward 1
Phone: (517) 960-5866
Address: 159 Randolph St.

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Councilmember Andy Frounfelker

Position: Jackson City Councilmember, Ward 5
Phone: (517) 783-2011
Address: 148 W. Michigan Ave, PO Box 111

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Commissioner Steve Shotwell

Position: Jackson County Commissioner, District 5
Phone: (517) 783-1258
Address: 6140 S. Jackson Rd - Jackson, MI 49201

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Commissioner Sarah Lightner

Position: Jackson County Commissioner, District 1
Phone: (517) 812-9960
Address: 9915 N. Parma Road, Springport, MI 49284

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Commissioner Rodney Walz

Position: Jackson County Commissioner, District 2
Address: 233 Clark St - Grass Lake, MI - 49240

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Commissioner Phil Duckham

Position: Jackson County Commissioner, District 4
Phone: (517) 204-7154
Address: 11610 Waterman Rd - Brooklyn, MI 49230

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Commissioner Julie Alexander

Position: Jackson County Commissioner, District 6
Phone: (517) 740-9982
Address: 5815 Hanover Rd - Hanover, MI 49241

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Commissioner John Polaczyk

Position: Jackson County Commissioner, District 8
Phone: (517) 414-6624
Address: 801 S. Webster, Jackson, MI 49203

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Commissioner David Elwell

Position: Jackson County Commissioner, District 9
Phone: (517) 780-4907
Address: 4219 Clinton Rd - Jackson, MI 49201

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Commissioner Daniel Mahoney

Position: Jackson County Commissioner, District 7
Address: 1205 Sheldon St - Jackson, MI 49203

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Commissioner Carl Rice, Jr.

Position: Jackson County Commissioner, District 3
Phone: (517) 745-2124
Address: 5562 Dogwood Dr - Jackson, MI 49201

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