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Democratic candidates for State Legislature, 110th District

VerBerkmoes, Casey
Metsa, Janet
Dale, Lawrence

Lawrence Dale

1. In your view what is the most pressing issue for the 110th District at present?

The first order of busine

ss upon being elected to the Legislature will be to assure that the necessary investment in terms of PPE, medical equipment and financial assistance for distressed essential workers, individuals and households will be readily available in the event of an upsurge in COVID-19.

2. If elected as State Representative, how do you propose to address that concern?

In addition, I will support legislation to put people back to work upgrading and building our State’s bridges, roads, schools, dams, rural economy and transition to Renewable Energy. I will support a Living Minimum Wage.

Janet Metsa

1. In your view what is the most pressing issue for the 110th District at present?

The COVID pandemic of last few months has been hard on all of us, and getting families, schools and businesses back on their feet is the major issue facing the 110th District. No one should face financial ruin because of health care costs due to COVID or other medical crises. Our public schools and universities have unprecedented challenges while facing major budget cuts. Small businesses and tourism need to make up for lost income, and state and local budgets will feel the impact. A comprehensive plan to help to “jump start” the economy of the Western U.P. is needed.

2. If elected as State Representative, how do you propose to address that concern?

The Western U.P. is far from Lansing and we need solutions that work for us. To help “jump start” our economy I have a 5-point pandemic recovery plan that includes: 1) leveling the national job market by improving infrastructure for working remotely, 2) lowering electricity and heating costs by upgrading facilities, and improving renewable energy supplies, 3) seeking federal and state financial relief for schools and upgrading technology for teachers and students, 4) supporting affordable, accessible regional health care, and 5) promoting a major state-sponsored outreach campaign for U.P. businesses and tourism. Details on each are provided at www.friendsofjanetmetsa.com.

Casey VerBerkmoes

1. In your view what is the most pressing issue for the 110th District at present?

The most pressing issue for the State Legislature, 110th District at present can be difficult to determine but I am comfortable stating that improvements to healthcare particularly in the arena of mental health could strongly contend on the basis of overall net benefit. Resources applied effectively to mental health contribute to advancements not only in individual quality of life but also in other areas including economics and education.

2. If elected as State Representative, how do you propose to address that concern?

If elected as Democratic Representative for the 110th District I would address healthcare reform by working to expand mental health services to the geographic areas underrepresented by health professionals, strengthening the telemedicine and peer support networks and committing resources to eliminating the responsible causal factors. Michigan has a high proportion of untreated individuals and addressing restrictions to access is an essential step in correcting this important issue.

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