With current State Representative Pam Byrnes being term-limited out of her seat in the 52nd State House of Representatives District and seeking a State Senate seat, four candidates are scrambling to replace her. On the Democratic ballot are Christine Green, Jeffrey Lee, and Robert Wozniak. The winner of their primary tomorrow will face Mark Ouimet, the sole Republican candidate.
Christine Green is currently a member of both the Scio Township Board of Trustees and the Scio Township Planning Commission. On her website, Green also lists her service on Scio Township Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, Scio Township Zoning Ordinance Amendment Committee, where she served as Chair, Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood, Mid-Michigan Alliance, serving as Secretary and Chair, the Development Committee of SOS Community Service, the Board of Trustees of the Michigan Environmental Council, and Board of Trustees of Ann Arbor’s New Center. She works as a partner in the law firm Green, Green, Adams, and Kent.
Green believes in in restoring civility to state government and that a strong democracy is dependent on the integrity of its laws, long-lasting, broad-based change begins with the passage of laws at the state level, and sound policy decisions must dictate the state’s budget, revenue, and spending.
She has endorsements from the AFL-CIO, the Fraternal Order of Police, and the Sierra Club.
Jeffrey Lee resides in Dexter. Lee has no experience in elected office, but has been director of the American Association of University Professors, where he claims he was
a strong advocate of making a college degree once again affordable to middle class families.” On his campaign website, also lists his service on the Professors’ Fund for Educational Issues and the Academic Freedom Lecture Fund. He is running on a platform of serving his neighbors by balancing the budget, while building a world class educational system and globally competitive business market.
Robert Wozniak currently lives in Manchester, but was a member of the Hamtramck City Council from 1996-2000. According to his website, Wozniak is running on a platform of job creation through bipartisanship and bringing manufacturers to Washtenaw County.
Mark Ouimet has extensive experience in local government. On his website, Ouimet describes his service as a Washtenaw County Commissioner, which includes being Vice-Chair of the Board and serving on the Accommodations Ordinance Commission, Emergency Medical Services Commission, Michigan Township Association, Money Purchase Pension Plan, Retirement Commission, Road Commission (Liaison), and the Workforce Development Board. Before he was on the County Commission, Ouimet served on the Ann Arbor City Council. Like Wozniak, Ouimet is running on a platform of job creation and bipartisanship.