Meet the candidates column The Huron Hub Posted Sept. 21, 2020
Editor’s note: As the 2020 election draws near, the residents in Huron Township would like to hear more about each candidate that is running for office or reelection.
Recently, every person running on the Huron Township ballot was invited to use The Huron Hub as a platform to get their voice heard. All letters in this column are submitted by the candidates themselves and are not edited by Huron Hub staff.
Readers can access all candidate letters on a special section of HuronHub.com HERE.
The following was submitted by State Rep. Darrin Camilleri:
Hi, I’m Darrin Camilleri. I’m a lifelong Downriver resident, a former high school social studies teacher, and your State Representative running for re-election.
As an educator and the son and grandson of union autoworkers, I’ve always prioritized working families and our Downriver stories when making decisions in Lansing. That’s why my focus has been on supporting our public schools, protecting and expanding our health care, preserving our environment, holding corporations accountable, and fixing our train issues. I know that Michigan can be a place of promise and possibility for many seeking to build their lives here — and will only improve when we focus on these issues. But we need to do more to ensure that Downriver families can get a fair shot in today’s Michigan.
These past four years, I have listened to your stories and delivered for our community. In Lansing, I’ve stood up to corporations, special interests, and even my own party when I knew that legislation would hurt our community or working people. And I’ve reached across the aisle and across levels of government to get things done — including negotiating a $40 million deal to finally build an underpass on Allen Road in Woodhaven to stop the train from blocking access to the hospital. And now that we have this project as a template, I’m fighting to create a statewide train fund to build more bridges, which would create a pathway to stop the trains in Huron Township and Trenton, too.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, Downriver is facing challenges unlike any we’ve ever seen. This crisis has demonstrated how important it is to have good medical care, to create safe workplaces, to invest in students and teachers, to support small businesses, and to have a government that shows up for you when you need it most. I’m running for re-election because we have more work to do to protect our community and deliver for Downriver.
It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve as your voice in Lansing over these last four years. I hope to earn your support for State Representative again this year. Together, we can build a better Downriver for all of us.
Rep. Darrin Camilleri
House District 23