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Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives, Tom Leonard, was endorsed by Michigan Farm Bureau’s AgriPac in the statewide Attorney General race. Term-limited out of the State House this year, Speaker Leonard has continuously demonstrated his support for the state’s food and agriculture industry through his actions while serving in the legislature.
“Over the five years, I believe, I have a 100 percent Farm Bureau voting record,” Leonard said. “I was a prosecutor for Flint for three years, worked in the AG’s office for three years and when I’m elected it will be the first time in history of the state we’ve elected someone who has experience in working in that office. I’ll be ready to hit the ground running.”
Leonard also shared his thoughts on the role of local government in agriculture, reassuring farmers, “I will do everything I can to ensure that the Right to Farm law is upheld.” The topic fresh on farmers minds following the current Attorney General’s opinion asserting that the Right to Farm Act preempts local govt ordinances attempting to restrict farming activities.
In the same vein, Leonard wants to prevent and act against overregulation.
“Overregulation is a big issue not just with farmers, but businesses as a whole,” he explained. “In the event we had a change in administration, for example, and a state agency was not properly following the law the Attorney General can be there to make sure the law is being enforced properly.”
More broadly, Leonard wants to utilize his experience working with prosecutors to continue advocating for mental health reform, create an elder abuse task force to better investigate financial crimes, and appoint a state integrity officer charged with overseeing a public integrity unit, prosecuting corrupt politicians and working to hold all levels of government and state departments accountable.