Friday, May 23, 2014
Christopher Germain announces run for Michigan Senate, 38th District
"In my work as a realtor, I talk with Upper Peninsula families every day," Germain said. "I know what concerns they have when they are considering where to put down roots. With our state’s unemployment rate still one of the highest in the nation, local schools shutting their doors, and working families shouldering the burden of corporate tax breaks, it is obvious that the U.P. needs a stronger voice in the State Senate."
As a nine-year veteran of the Ford River Fire Department, Germain is especially concerned about drastic cuts to public safety services. He will work to restore crucial funding to local police and fire departments and area correctional facilities.
"The men and women who keep our communities safe have been forced to do more with less, and that needs to end," Germain said. "These severe cuts compromise public safety. Adequate funding is crucial to protecting our communities and keeping these workers safe on the job."
With devastating cuts in recent years forcing the closure of several public schools across the district, restoring education funding will be a top priority for Germain. His campaign will also focus on preserving the Upper Peninsula’s natural beauty and ending tax hikes on working families and senior citizens.
"This Legislature has dished out tax breaks to corporations with no strings attached, and it has all been done on the backs of the middle class and senior citizens," Germain said. "Retirees who played by the rules and worked hard their whole lives have been hit with a new tax on their pensions to help pay for these corporate handouts. The 38th District needs a senator who will oppose these tax hikes and put the middle class first."
In addition to his service with the Ford River Fire Department, Germain is also active with the Delta County Jaycees, Delta County Relay for Life, and Delta Lodge 195 of Free and Accepted Masons. He also serves as the President of the Upper Peninsula Association of Realtors, Inc.
"I have a long history of serving my community, and I’m excited to take that passion for public service to Lansing," Germain said. "I will be traveling around the Upper Peninsula in the weeks ahead to meet with voters. I am looking forward to learning more about their concerns and the issues most important to them."
Germain will be launching a website soon at votegermain.com. He will also be announcing a campaign kickoff tour that will include various stops around the Upper Peninsula. This will give voters an opportunity to meet with him face to face and ask questions about the campaign.
Click here to visit Germain's campaign Facebook page.
The 38th Senate District spans the western and central Upper Peninsula. The district includes Alger, Baraga, Delta, Dickinson, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw, Marquette, Menominee, Ontonagon and Schoolcraft counties.
Inset photo: Christopher Germain. (Photo courtesy Christopher Germain)