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Gregory Alexander, drain commissioner for Sanilac County, is endorsed by the Michigan Farm Bureau’s AgriPac Committee as a “Friend of Agriculture,” in his bid to serve as Michigan’s 83rd District State Representative.
Alexander, a former dairy farmer from Sanilac County, has served as the county’s drain commissioner since 2008. Prior to his public office role, Alexander sold farm equipment at a John Deere retailer.
“The 83rd District plays a vital role in the success of Michigan,” Alexander said. “As home to 28 highly developed agricultural townships, it is vital that we have representation that will support the betterment of all residents. As a lifelong resident, born and raised on a dairy farm in Sanilac County, I understand firsthand the everyday challenges facing our district.
“From crumbling roads, government overregulation and wasteful spending, I know we deserve better.”
Besides public office, Alexander’s chaired the Sanilac County Farm Bureau Policy Committee for 12 years and actively supports the grassroots effort of MFB. His other ag activities include involvement in the Sanilac County 4H fair board, FFA, and the Michigan Right to Farm Siting GAAMP Committee.
Michigan's 83rd State House District represents about 90,000 residents in St. Clair and Sanilac counties. Elected officials serve two-year terms with term limits.
“When the economy is back on track, the biggest issue I see is ensuring that tax payer money is spent effectively,” Alexander said. “As the Sanilac County Drain Commissioner, I have found ways at the county level to save taxpayer money by using new technologies, and orchestrating interdepartmental cooperative projects fitting the need for all residents and entities.”
Some hurdles for Michigan farmers include regulatory mandates, added Alexander, noting that “sound science and common sense should play a role in directing environmental issues going forward, not unfairly by bureaucrats.”
Alexanders also supports the continued use of GAAMPS to define farm practices and Michigan’s Right to Farm Act. When looking at Michigan’s current infrastructure picture, he said the COVID-19 crises has highlighted the need for more rural broadband and road improvements.
“Roads need to be built on solid foundation, and drains need to be included in funding conversations and revenue streams to accomplish that,” Alexander said. “I believe that a funding mechanism can be found with-in our current budgetary sources and resources. … Highlighted by the COVID19 epidemic, I see a great need for rural access for broadband internet service to enhance the ability of rural Michigan residents to compete and participate in today’s economy.
“I would be honored to champion a bill that would address the policy for the provision of universal broadband access statewide that is equitable in cost and quality to all Michigan citizens.”