MI List Endorses: Scott Dianda
Scott J. Dianda is a lifelong resident of Calumet. 42 years old and married to Deborah for 16 years, Dianda attended and graduated from Calumet High School and took classes at Lake Superior State University before beginning his career in the Michigan Department of Transportation. Scott is seeking office because the current representative is not truly representing the voters of the 110th house district. Having been a small business owner/operator, he understands the responsibilities of budgeting and meeting a payroll. He has served as a Calumet Village Council Trustee and during part of that period of service, was elected Calumet Village President. As president of Statewide Local 5 AFSCME, Dianda has represented 5200 Michigan state workers. These experiences have given Dianda the know-how and contacts in Lansing to bring a voice for the people of 110th district. The voters of the 110th District deserve a representative who votes for them and their interests, not the big money interests the current representative votes with to the detriment of the District.
ABOUT THE DISTRICT & WHY I WILL WIN:
The 110th House District is made up of 6 counties in the Western Upper Peninsula plus two townships in Marquette County. This House district has one of the highest average ages per person of any House district in the state, as well as having chronically high unemployment. Over the years, the out-migration of youth has been a severe problem.
These problems are exacerbated by the Republican majorities in Lansing and Scott wants an opportunity to address these problems. For example, Dianda believes we need to stop cutting the budgets for schools, quit taxing senior citizen pensions, restore revenue sharing with local units of government, stop having the State House steal powers from townships, county government, and eliminate the unconstitutional “emergency fiscal manager” takeovers of the people’s prerogatives to run their local government and schools. Most importantly, we must put Michigan citizens back to work so that ever more jobs can be created by consumer spending. This could be accomplished, in part, by massive infrastructure investment at the state level as well as by the federal government. Further, we need to change our spending priorities to stop giving huge tax breaks to banks, big oil and insurance companies. Dianda believes we should be spending those revenues to help local units of government and schools to meet their budgets and serve the people. Also, he would like to return to a time when education and teachers were respected and education was funded at a level that didn't require that we have our children selling candy to raise money for school supplies. Because of my positions and my opponent’s votes on these issues, Dianda will win this election.