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Montcalm County Farm Bureau board member Patrick Outman is the AgriPac-endorsed Friend of Agriculture candidate for the 70th House District, encompassing all of Montcalm County and portions of Gratiot.
Born and raised in Six Lakes, Outman demonstrates unwavering commitment to and investment in the local community through his family’s cattle farm and multi-generation excavating business. His rural community values, paired with experience in construction, agriculture, business and legal studies make him an ideal candidate to represent his rural community’s needs – including agriculture – in the Michigan House of Representatives.
“Like many people in our community, I know the value of an honest day’s work,” Outman said. “If elected, I will bring a familiar, common-sense perspective to Lansing.
“In addition to helping families and small businesses recover from the economic shutdown due to the coronavirus, my priorities include improving local infrastructure, bolstering skilled trades and career training, protecting farms and helping address the opioid crisis.”
For Michigan farm families, Outman is eager to advocate for a regulatory environment that helps the food and agriculture sector thrive.
"I believe I can make a significant impact in the continuously changing and overreaching regulatory structure farms are dealing with," he said. "Agencies need to be held responsible for changes...and grow a relationship with the farming community to help reasonably bring about changes needed."
“I will advocate for scaling back unnecessary regulations and supporting science-based regulation that is created in a transparent manner, along with identifying opportunities that improve farmers ability to be competitive.”
Outman is a proponent for prioritizing education reforms that bolster the state’s career and technical education and skilled trade programs.
“We need to offer more education at the K-12 and community college levels on agriculture,” Outman explained. “The skilled trade shortage is becoming a crisis for our state that must be acted on immediately.
“I fully support flexibility in the Michigan Merit Curriculum to allow students to enroll in career and technical education classes and provide them apprenticeship opportunities. All of these efforts ultimately benefit our economy.”
As Outman works toward a successful primary election, he’s drawing inspiration in part from his father, Senator Rick Outman.
“Over the last several years, I have seen first-hand the positive impact that members of our state Legislature can have on our community and state. The earnest service of my father and the difference he has been able to make is what inspired me to announce my campaign for the seat he once held.”
In addition to his Friend of Agriculture designation, Outman is endorsed by current state representative in the 70th district, James Lower; former State Senator Judy Emmons and former Speaker of the House, Tom Leonard.