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Oakland County is home to three farm-friendly candidates in races for seats in the Michigan House of Representatives: Chase Turner in the 38th House District, incumbent Rep. Ryan Berman in the 39th House District and Mark Tisdel in the 45th House District.
Republican Chase Turner is vying to replace term-limited Rep. Kathy Crawford in the 38th district, which includes Northville, Novi, South Lyon, Walled Lake, and Lyon and Novi townships. Turner, who works at his family’s marketing firm, says that working with small business leaders is the best way to understand their needs and create an environment that businesses can grow in.
“Ideal government is government that has the ability to help those in need, as well as fosters growth and innovation within communities, states, and the country,” Turner said. “A government with a simple common-sense approach is a better alternative than one that hides behind thousands of pages of regulation.”
In addition to his Friend of Agriculture designation, Turner is endorsed by the Michigan Retailers Association, Michigan Association of Builders and Contractors, the Great Lakes Education Project, the Michigan Freedom Network, and former Michigan Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, among others.
Republican Rep. Ryan Berman is seeking reelection to his second term in the 39th district, consisting of Commerce Township, West Bloomfield Township and the city of Wixom.
During his freshman year in the legislature, Berman voted in support of several bills important to agriculture and Farm Bureau policy, such as: a resolution to overturn Gov. Whitmer’s Executive Order that would have abolished three environmental oversight panels advocated for by MFB in 2018, a seven-bill package making updates to the state’s livestock law, and funding for the Agricultural Disaster Loan Origination Program.
As vice chair of the Regulatory Reform Committee, Berman – who’s also an attorney – says he’s fought to get rid of red tape and the bureaucracy of the regulatory framework that burdens Michigan families and small businesses.
Positioning future generations for success has always been at the top of Berman’s priority list. Additionally, he’s supported the largest investment for students in state history, fought for funding increases in early education programs, and sponsored legislation providing $1.3 billion to schools so that they have the resources to craft educational and safety standards for the coming school year as COVID-19 continues to impact the state.
In addition to his Friend of Agriculture designation, Berman is endorsed by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Retailers Association, Michigan Association of Builders and Contractors, the Great Lakes Education Project, the Michigan Freedom Network and Michigan Realtors.
Republican Mark Tisdel is looking to replace term-limited Rep. Michael Webber in the 45th district, which includes Oakland Charter Township and the cities of Rochester and Rochester Hills.
In a recent response to the Detroit News, Tisdel shared that he’s passionate about policy related to infrastructure, energy, government transparency and health – like many in the agriculture sector.
“Road quality has been an issue for years but there are less visible needs like storm sewers and, now, we understand the need for the inspection of enhancement of our state's dams,” Tisdel wrote. “We have under-spent, relative to our neighboring states, for years. It will take a sustained commitment to increase annual spending to work our way out.”
As it pertains to energy, Tisdel said energy density and efficiency are critical considerations for new generating capacity and that “building energy-diffuse and intermittent infrastructure requires too much land, too many resources plus 100% back-up (almost always fossil fuel) generating capacity.”
Shifting to transparency, Tisdel believes, “The Governor and state legislators should be subject to the same FOIA and Open Meetings Act requirements that apply to municipalities.”
And as far as health issues, he feels that, “Health insurance, health care spending, and the shortage of primary care physicians are all concerns that require attention.”
In addition to his Friend of Agriculture designation, Tisdel is endorsed by the Michigan Corn Growers Association, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Retailers Association, and the Small Business Association of Michigan, among others.