Dear Friends and Neighbors:
Hello and Welcome! Thank you for visiting our campaign website and your interest in Fixing Michigan.
Our campaign committee was created on Michigan’s 172nd Birthday, January 26, 2009. Since then I have traveled throughout our beautiful state listening to the concerns of citizens and sharing my ideas on how to Fix Michigan. This summer, during my Fix Michigan Bicycle Tour, I rode over 620 miles through our two peninsulas. From log rolling in Escanaba to touring blighted neighborhoods in Detroit, I visited dozens of cities, villages, and townships and conducted campaign events in Grand Rapids, Birmingham, Kalamazoo, Bay City, Manistee, Flint, Marquette, Houghton, Eben Junction, Escanaba, Silver City, Thompsonville, and Petoskey.
Campaigning across our state has given me the opportunity to meet with individuals who are eager to learn about my candidacy and exchange ideas to help turn our state around. Michigan’s problems are economic and Fixing Michigan requires creating jobs. Unfortunately there is no single, simple way to bring jobs here. Instead, creating a competitive economic environment involves a series of steps such as:
- Health care reform - with the emphasis on health!
- Fixing the state’s budget process
- Making the state’s energy portfolio reliable and affordable
- Creating a re-development authority to fix blighted neighborhoods
- Eliminating Michigan’s business tax surcharge
Fixing Michigan will require using the legislative process. Serving in the legislature during the past nine years gives me the experience necessary to be an effective governor.
When the legislature is not in session, I have continued to see patients as a medical doctor. Caring for people as an anesthesiologist, and formerly as a hospice physician, is a privilege that has given me special exposure to real problems people encounter in their lives.
Running for Governor is a serious commitment, but I believe that with my legislative and professional experience, combined with my record of achieving results, I have unique qualifications to offer voters. It is my hope that you will join our Fix Michigan team and provide your thoughts, ideas and comments on how we can best address the critical challenges facing our state. Together we can make a difference by fixing
Michigan and changing its future course for the better.
Thank you again for your time and interest. I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you along the campaign trail.
Candidate for Governor