I’m running for state house because Lansing is broken, and I want make a positive difference in Michigan.
Some people want to be a representative; I want to do the work of a representative. The 86th District deserves a competent, qualified and accessible representative. If elected, the first action I would take is to begin building relationships with others in Michigan’s House. I want to work with them to solve problems for the people of our state.
I think we can probably all agree that politics has come to a very hard place over the last few years. I know that’s what I hear when I’m out campaigning and, believe me, I feel it too. But, what can be done? We’ve all chosen which camp we’re in, right? Fox or MSNBC. Blue or Red. Left or Right. But choosing up sides is not enough. Something else needs to change.
Why can’t I be concerned about police shootings of unarmed civilians, but also be a strong supporter of our law enforcement community?
Why can’t I feel that we ought to encourage clean energy, without feeling like I have to sell my car and become a vegetarian?
How is it that wanting to fix our roads and bridges makes me a “big government, tax and spend liberal”? Isn’t keeping up our infrastructure kind of a basic job of government?
The thing is, I don’t think that’s actually the way people want to feel. We’re fed this black and white mentality by the media these days. Most of the people I talk to actually want our elected officials to work together to solve the problems that we face. People want government to work – to make their day-to-day lives a little better.
At the state level, this means some very basic things, like decent roads, excellent schools, and police and fire departments that are well equipped and trained to do their jobs.
We also want good jobs. We REALLY want our kids to be able to get jobs, especially here in Michigan – so they’re not moving off to some faraway place, where we rarely see them anymore.
Working hard, serving others, and making a positive difference is some of what I am all about. That’s the practical approach I took as a four-term County Commissioner. My main question was always, “Will this work? Will it solve the problem?” I didn’t particularly care who suggested the idea, which, being only one of two Democrats on the commission was probably a good thing. But that’s how local government works. It’s much less partisan, and it’s much more focused on getting the job done.
I’m Lynn Mason, and I’m running for Michigan’s 86th House District. I promise to work hard to deliver practical solutions and more accountability to my district.
I need your support. I’m asking for your vote. If you are really interested, please volunteer.
Thank you very much.
– Lynn Mason