GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — In this Aug. 17, 2014 episode of “To The Point,” the three candidates for the 20th District state Senate seat discuss why they’re vying for your vote in the November general election.
“I looked at what my priorities and what my values of been and what I think Kalamazoo County’s priorities and values are. I think they’re a good alignment, so I decided to take the step,” state Rep. Sean McCann (D-Kalamazoo) said. “There’s two sides to the term limit debate. This certainly creates change when seats open and terms expire, but I think that I can make a greater impact in the state Senate.”
“A lot of people encouraged me to look at this open seat. And as I sat back, talked to my family, prayed about it, I realized this was a position that I’m well-suited for,” state Rep. Margaret O’Brien (R-Portage) said. “In the House, I’ve established a record of working in a bipartisan manner with both Republicans and Democrats and finding ways to come to a win-win for our communities and our state. And I thought this is a natural step to keep serving my community.”
“I decided to run as a Libertarian … I believe that the Republican Party has led the effort in our Kalamazoo County, our state and our nation in an effort to discriminate against gay family members, friends and neighbors and I don’t want to be part of the party that does that anymore,” candidate Lorence Wenke, a former state representative, said.
State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R-Lawton), who currently serves the 20th District, is running to represent the 26th District in November due to the redrawing of district lines.