Our economy in the nation as a whole and in particular in Southwest Michigan has been weakening over the past few decades. Growth in per-capita GDP in Southwest Michigan has dropped from 2% when Representative Upton first took office to now 0%, and continues on a downward trend.
I believe there are three factors which are critical to rebuilding a strong economy here in Southwest Michigan:
If we focus on these three critical factors, our economy will turn around and start to grow again.
Rich speaking on our economy in Southwest Michigan:
No one likes unnecessary, outdated regulations or paying taxes. However, the misguided reliance Representative Upton and other Congressional Republicans have had on reducing regulations which protect our environment and public health and lowering taxes for the wealthiest individuals has been the cause not the solution for our weakening economy.
Why I'm Running
Dear friends and neighbors of Southwest Michigan,
As a scientist with thirty years of business leadership experience in healthcare and other technical industries, I see the potential our region has for developing a clean jobs economy.
My family has a deep love of Southwest Michigan. It’s the place we proudly call home. This diverse community stretches back over generations, but due to lack of opportunity in our region, families are being forced to uproot their lives and move out of state. People deserve the choice to stay near their families, places of worship, and schools. I am running for Congress to help revitalize our business climate here in Southwest Michigan in an environmentally-friendly way and expand opportunities for job growth. We can create jobs where people want to live, rather than forcing people to live where the jobs are.
Clean Jobs = Vibrant Communities
In contrast to politican Fred Upton and other Congressional Republicans, my experience has taught me that tax breaks for the rich at the expense of the middle class and small business owners is not the solution, but rather the cause of our weakening economy.
We have ample untapped opportunity to grow business in our region. What I have learned is that by supporting commercialization of new ideas and technologies, while focusing on the things that matter to people – universal healthcare, education and fair wages – we will also create a vibrant business climate.
I'm asking for your vote so we can fix Washington and together, leave a better Southwest Michigan for our kids.
6th Congressional District (MI)