Meet the Candidates: Joe Graves
Fenton Patch takes a look at 51st District House of Representatives candidates.
The time is vote is almost here.
In addition to the Republican presidential primary Tuesday, voters in the 51st District, covering Fenton and Linden cities along with Fenton and Atlas township and most of Genesee County, will choose the next member of the Michigan House of Representatives after Paul Scott's recall in November.
There are three candidates running, including Republican Joe Graves, Democrat Steven Losey and Green Party candidate Cary Neuville-Justice.
Fenton Patch has put together a quick guide to the election for Fenton and Fenton Township residents.
Today, we get to know Joe Graves.
1. What are your work and educational backgrounds? I have an MBA with a concentration in Leadership from Baker College and an undergrad from Sienna Heights University.
2. How old are you, what city do you live in and who are your family members? I am 58, I live with my wife Denise in Argentine Township. We have four adult children and 12 Grandchildren who all live in the district.
3. What public offices have you held, and how are you involved in the community? I am serving my first term as County Commissioner and was a Township Clerk from 2004 - 2008. I serve on the Board for Community Parent which is a non-profit organization (no paid staff) which supports the needs of local families and the anti-drug presentation "Chasing the Dragon" which I formed with Sheriff Robert Pickell and Undersheriff Chris Swanson.
4. Why did you decide to run for the 51st District? I made the decision after the recall when I was urged by many members of the local party. I believe it is important to make sure Michigan continues to move out of the past and the residents have a voice that shares their priorities, not special interest who believe in large tax payer benefits.
5. What issues, in your opinion, are big ones for the area? Without a doubt the two largest issues facing this community is the economy, (lack of jobs) and crime. We have one of the largest unemployment rates in the nation and also lead the nation in violent crime out of Flint which statistic show does spill over into our community. The two go hand in hand and we must address them and not return to the last decade where 50 percent of all jobs lost in the nation were lost right here in Michigan.