Editor’s note: As the Nov. 6 election draws near, the residents in Huron Township would like to hear more about each candidate that is running for office or reelection.
During the 2016 election, The Huron Hub published a popular column called “meet the candidates,” which gave each candidate running for public office the chance to speak to the residents.
On Nov. 6, residents will have the chance to vote for two candidates that are vying to be state representative for the 23rd District.
Those candidates are incumbent State Rep. Darrin Camilleri and challenger Michael Frazier. Both candidates were sent questions to answer, along with the opportunity to write a letter to Huron residents. Below is Frazier’s response.
Greetings friends and neighbors!!
My name is Michael Frazier. I am the Republican nominee for State Representative in House District 23.
I’ve lived in Huron Township for 40 years. I’ve lived in Brownstown Township for 4 years. I currently reside in Huron Estates, in Huron Township.
I’ve worked at Faurecia Emissions for 19 years. I work on the production line. I also mig and tig weld.
I’m a certified/ licensed second degree black belt in Samurai Jukishin-Ryu Ju-Jitsu. I run in 5k events. And I’m a published author/ poet.
I’ve been involved in grassroots politics for the last eight years. I’ve helped on a few campaigns. I thoroughly enjoyed helping these candidates achieve their goals. Which is one of the reasons I’m running for office.
The idea of being a voice for the community really appeals to me. And inspires me! I love helping others. From my work experience I’ve learned when to follow and when to lead.
I would truly be honored to lead Huron Township and House District 23 in 2019 and beyond!
I love our little town. I want to help it flourish.
Thank you, Huron Hub, for this great opportunity to reach out to my friends and neighbors!
All my best,
House District 23
Q&A with Michael Frazier:
Q: What fresh, or new ideas, do you plan to bring to the 23rd District if you’re elected?
A: First I would like to contact each mayor and supervisor. I would plan a one-on-one meeting and a group meeting every 3 or 4 months. To see what their needs are and how I can help them. And how we can help each other. I would be accessible to them.
I would like to host job fairs. I plan on being very involved in our schools. I want the very best for our teachers and kids.
Q: What will be a goal you’d like to achieve while serving as state rep?
A: My goal would be to inspire each community to strive for excellence. To keep our police safe. To ensure all our First responders have everything they need to do their job. And to stay safe.
Q: What makes you qualified for this position?
A: I know I am qualified for this position because of my willingness to listen and help others. I have learned so much over the years from listening to State Reps. And helping them with their campaigns.
Q: What are your plans for being open with residents?
A: I plan on many town hall forums. I want to be able to talk to the community face to face. Also, be accessible through phone calls and social media. I will be 100% responsive.
Q: What do you think is the most important issue or issues facing the 23rd District, and the state as whole? In addition, how do you plan to address these issues?
A: There are so many issues to tackle. I truly feel the main two are: our kid’s education and our infrastructure. I want to be a leader/ advocate in education. To ensure our kids have the very best. To make sure they have what they need to be their best. And to be there for our teachers. Teachers are loving and caring people who want the best for our kids, too.
I plan on fighting for our roads, bridges and water. Not to be fixed, but to be replaced, if possible. Southern Wayne County has horrific roads and bridges. This is not acceptable. I want clean water for everyone. I want our water tested often to ensure its quality for our health.
Q: In Huron Township specifically, residents are frustrated by the consistent and daily blocking of the railroad crossings throughout the township. What will be your plans to address this major concern among residents?
A: If any person says they will “solve the problem” with the trains are not telling the truth. This is a federal issue. The city of Ann Arbor contested their train problems. It was dismissed by The judge. I can try my best to meet with the train companies board of directors to discuss our concerns. I would propose they shorten their hauls. So not all roads are blocked. I would also be in constant contact with our U.S. Congressional 12th district Congressperson. Maybe we could get some resolve from our friends in Washington.