February 23, 2024


General will live on forever

Education, economy are priorities for Tim Kelly in state senate primary


Tim Kelly is pulling no punches in his candidacy for the Republican nomination for the 35th District state senate seat.

If elected in the Aug. 2 main and the Nov. 8 normal election, Kelly pledges to obstacle the policies of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who is operating unopposed for the Democratic nomination to serve a next phrase.

“Michigan has various problems and issues that need to have to be resolved, a host of which are exacerbated by a lawless governor and administration,” Kelly explained.

He is operating in the major towards present 98th District Condition Rep. Annette Glenn, of Midland retired Dow Corning executive Chris Velasquez, of Midland and retired Army Reserve Colonel and health-related medical doctor Martin Blank.

“As a previous condition consultant, termed out in 2018, I nevertheless have a enthusiasm and a drive to support individuals in Michigan, and I really feel I can ideal provide them through the senate (35th District),” Kelly additional.

The freshly drawn 35th district involves the towns of Midland, Saginaw, Bay Metropolis, Auburn, Essexville and Zilwaukee 6 townships in eastern Midland County 6 townships in northern Saginaw County and 9 townships in Bay County.

Instruction and the overall economy are two of the top priorities of Kelly, a Saginaw County resident who served the highest 3 consecutive terms as the 94th District state representative from 2013-19. He also won the Republican nomination in 2020 for the U.S. Household just before dropping in the typical election to incumbent Democrat Dan Kildee.

“We need to have to reclaim schooling. They’ve ignored issues we’ve place in place to make education improved,” Kelly explained. “This governor has decimated the economic system of this point out, alongside with her counterpart in Washington (President Joe Biden).

“I think that we have harmed maybe a era of youngsters with these COVID closures, hampered them and hindered their advancement,” he continued. “We need to do anything we can to get them again on track.”

The newly drawn 35th state senate district involves the cities of Midland, Saginaw, Bay Town, Auburn, Essexville and Zilwaukee 6 townships in jap Midland County six townships in northern Saginaw County and 9 townships in Bay County.

Kelly intends to reduce what he sees as also significantly govt regulate around citizen’s lives, and to uncover remedies to inflation and higher costs.

“I want to do what I can to rein in the manage in Lansing in excess of our personalized and company lives, and set an conclusion to it,” he reported. “I feel we have an affordability dilemma and we have a governing administration challenge. We need to be a additional economical point out. Evidently, paying is out of hand, and we need to have far better priorities in our finances.”

When questioned what sets him aside from his opponents in the Republican key, Kelly, who spent 6 a long time as an education plan advisor to Republican Gov. John Engler in the 1990s. said he has connections with persons in Lansing who will support him make alterations that he feels are crucial.

“It can be the persons that I have aligned with in Lansing to thwart factors that have been impinging on the development of Michigan,” he claimed. “(For the reason that of) the perform that I’ve completed, there is teams that are fearful of my return. And I do not assume any individual is fearful of my opponents’ return to Lansing.”

Kelly reported he “fought the general public faculty cabal and teachers’ unions for most of my 6 several years under Engler. Those persons anxiety my return mainly because they know I’m powerful. I don’t feel everyone (amongst my opponents), such as a sitting down state representative (Glenn), has performed just about anything that has automatically been effective in Lansing. 

“We have to have potent leadership, and I think that I can deliver that.”



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