CRYSTAL FALLS - John L. Faccin of Crystal Falls will challenge incumbent State Rep. Michael A. Lahti, D-Hancock, in Tuesday's Democratic primary in the 110th District.
John Larson is the only Republican candidate.
I am active in Iron County politics and currently chair the Iron County Planning Commission and the Iron County Parks and Recreation Commission. I also serve as secretary of the Iron County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Board.
The economic situation and the lack of jobs in the Upper Peninsula and 110th District is in a dismal state and has seen little improvement from the current office holder.
The Michigan Business Tax (MBT) that was put in place by the current Legislature, at a time when Michigan is trying to attract new jobs, is not a healthy policy for bringing in new business to an area that is in dire need of them.
It is my hope to have the MBT repealed and I will work towards finding additional employment opportunities for the citizens of 110th District.
I support the Michigan State Police, which is currently down 400 employees statewide and will fight to resort the MSP budget to a point where it can continue to operate in a manner that meets the standards required by the state.
I believe in smaller state government, shifting responsibility for many state programs to the local level where it is more economical to implement. I feel this would help reduce the state's out of control budget.
I would like to see the state spending taxpayers' money within the state. We should concentrate our spending on products and services in the state of Michigan and support our local businesses.
With roots in Iron County since the late 1800s, I currently reside in Crystal Falls Township with my wife, Cathy, and our two children.
I am married to Sharon Lahti (Pardini). We have six children and eight grandchildren.
I graduated from Hancock High School and Northern Michigan University. I've been in insurance and real estate development for almost 40 years. I've been a businessman since graduation from Northern Michigan University and have needed to be fiscally responsible.
I've worked well with others to get things done as a school board member for seven years, as chairman of the Houghton County Board of Commissioners for six years and as a Trustee on the Board of Finlandia University. This experience and ability will help me to continue to be an effective state representative.
My priorities will help bring Michigan back to prosperity and keep it a good place to live, work and raise a family. Most jobs are created by entrepreneurs not government, but government can help.
The Michigan Economic Development Corp. helps businesses get established with the incentives and start up help. A legislator that makes sure that MEDC does its job and helps in the process is key to creating jobs.
We must invest in our public schools - K -12, community colleges and universities. Good education prepares our young people to get good paying jobs and encourages businesses to locate here because of quality workers and good school systems.
We must protect and manage our natural resources making Michigan a great place to live, and providing jobs in the tourism industry. Managing our natural resources includes encouraging the renewable timber industry. It also includes mining as long as it follows state laws.
The state has got to be fiscally responsible during these hard economic times so that we can stretch our dollars further.
First let me say that I welcome the opportunity to become known to the readers of The Daily News. The people of the 110th District have shown themselves to be resourceful, caring and willing to face challenges. I appreciate that.
My family and I have had to face our share of challenges too, and I believe these have helped prepare me for office. Having to buy "fixer upper" houses, paying for my education, my service in the Marine Corps, and serving my community as a teacher in the C-L-K School District has given me excellent training for the office of state representative.
Just like in your family, Michigan is faced with "doing more with less." My position as a representative will be to put our families first. With our costs for fuel and food going up, the last thing Lansing needs is more of our money. Michigan Legislators passed an increase in the income tax, taking more of our money and adopted the Michigan Business Tax making it harder for Michigan businesses to compete. This has not helped our district.
My work as a truly conservative, pro-life representative will be to limit the size of state government, make sure that Michigan develops a better business climate, and prioritize those things that benefit all our citizens such as police and fire protection, education, and infrastructure.
Michigan needs to encourage personal responsibility, innovation, and hard work and not crush these qualities with more taxation and regulation. Your support and vote will allow me to take that message to Lansing and go to work for you.