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State House - 5Th District - Democrat



REGGIE REG DAVIS


Reggie Reg Davis is a community liaison for the city of Detroit and a retired broadcast journalist. He resides in northwest Detroit. He attended Wayne State University and Oral Roberts University and is founder/president of CeaseFire Youth Initiative. He previously was a Detroit City Charter commissioner, Detroit Deputy District Manager and a Wayne County commissioner.


Legislative bans on education topics


In 24 states legislation has been introduced to restrict or outright ban the teaching and/or discussion of certain topics such as race, racism, gender-based issues and how American history is taught in the K-12 public school system. Critics of these efforts to restrict what is taught in public schools say such legislation prevents open inquiry into important issues. Should the state legislature in Michigan dictate or restrict what is taught in public school classrooms? Would you support such legislation? Why or why not? Please be specific in your answer.


Our children should not be restricted from information, they should begin learning and researching true history and life experiences as soon as they are able to speak in complete sentences. I will not support legislation which restricts or bans the teaching or discussion of certain topics such as race, racism, gender-based issues and how American history is taught in the K-12 public school system.


Legislative ethics/transparency


Michigan continues to rank near the bottom in comparison with other states when it comes to codified ethics and transparency rules for state lawmakers. The Michigan House, during several recent sessions, has approved bills to force disclosure of personal financial information of House and Senate members, along with members of the administration, and in some cases members of the state Supreme Court and university boards, although the Senate has not advanced such bills. Would you support financial disclosure legislation and, if so, are the current bills approved by the House sufficient? Should the disclosed information be publicly available?


Yes, I support financial disclosure legislation and the current bills are probably not strong enough. The disclosed information should be publicly available because those who are elected by us, the people, should at all times be subject to scrutiny and evaluation by the people who put them there; it’s called public trust and transparency is a very important part of that type of trust.


Term limits for legislators/administration


Do you think the current term limits for House and Senate members are in need of review? Do you support the proposal for term limits that could be on the November ballot which would allow an elected House or Senate member to serve longer terms in either the House or Senate? Why or why not?


Yes, I believe that the current term limits for House and Senate members are in need of review. I support the proposal for term limits that could be on the November ballot which would allow an elected House or Senate member to serve longer terms. The state of Michigan should have term limits, however, I believe that three two-year terms for the House of Representatives and two four-year terms for Senate is not enough time for a representative of the people to serve. Many citizens never have the chance to know their representative because they come and go so fast.


State budget surplus


The state of Michigan has been running a general fund and school aid fund surplus for two years and is expected to carry over a surplus of $7 billion moving into the budget for fiscal year 2022-2023, which must be adopted by October 1. The surplus has been driven by growing tax revenues and a decline in student population, which reduces spending in that area by about $300 million annually. The budget surplus does not include nearly $15 billion in federal pandemic funding that will be spent over the next several years. A variety of proposals from the administration and the Republican-controlled Senate have been put forth, including tax cuts for both business and individuals. What are your ideas for using the budget surplus for the coming fiscal year’s budget? Be specific.


The budget surplus should be used to rebuild and prolong the infrastructure of our roads, bridges and highways. Michigan should never have a pothole season and our highways should run smoothly, similar to the roads in the state of New Jersey. The surplus should also be used in an effort to fight against senseless gun violence in which our state has its fair share of.


Highland Park water/sewer debt


Highland Park, a member of the Great Lakes Water Authority, since 2012 has failed to pay for what now amounts to over $54 million in water and sewer debt, which means member communities in Oakland County will be placed in a position to underwrite this debt whether through increased rates for water and sewer or tapping budget reserves to accomplish the same. The state of Michigan has failed to deal with this issue. What do you think should be the solution to this growing problem of a GLWA member community failing to pay for water and sewer services? Please be specific.


It’s probably not the absolute answer, however, one solution is that Highland Park water and sewer should be held responsible and they should pay whether by a long-term payment plan or a reduced lump sum. Either way, they need to be held responsible.


Voting law changes


Voters approved no-reason absentee voting and a number of other changes by a wide margin in 2018. There have been several attempts since 2020 to make changes to the election laws, but critics have charged that some of the changes would negatively impact some voters. Do you think further changes to the election laws are needed and if so, what specifically would those changes be? If you do, why do you think so? How would that impact the proposal voters passed in 2018?


Any type of measure or law that suppresses a citizen’s right to vote freely, safely and without any type of condition or stipulation is uncalled for and I do not support it.


2020 presidential election results


Do you accept the presidential election results of 2020 in Michigan? Will you accept the results of the 2022 primary and general election? Explain why or why not.


Yes, I do support the presidential election results of 2020 in Michigan and I will accept the results of the 2022 primary and general election. The state of Michigan has one of the most steadfast and reliable election systems in this country and I stand by it.


Michigan abortion ban law


In 1931, Michigan legislators adopted a law that banned abortion in the state, based on an 1846 ban that had been in effect. Now with the U.S. Supreme Court preparing to rule and likely overturn Roe v. Wade, some are concerned that the 1931 Michigan law will prevent any abortions here. Do you think the 1931 Michigan act banning abortion should be revised or eliminated to allow for abortions here if Roe V. Wade is overturned? Why or why not?


The 1931 Michigan act banning abortion should be immediately eliminated to allow for abortions here if Roe v Wade is overturned. A woman should have the absolute right to choose what she does with her body. I support a woman’s right to choose.


Right of redress


The Michigan House and Senate have in the past employed seldom used maneuvers to prevent the public from challenging laws that were enacted. Lawmakers accomplish this by attaching an expenditure provision to the legislation which then prevents citizens from petitioning to overturn the law. Citizens in Michigan are allowed referendum rights when it comes to legislation but not laws involving spending. Do you think that such legal maneuvers should be used by the legislature or do such actions diminish the rights of the public to challenge what lawmakers have adopted? What can be done to eliminate such maneuvers on the part of the legislature?


Citizens should allow their representatives to do their job, however, there should be certain thresholds set in place by which the democracy by which we live should come into play. If our legislators are continuously spending incorrectly according to the majority census of the citizenry, then the people should be able to step in and make some type of correction.


Why select you?


Why should voters choose you over your opponent(s) in this contest? Please be specific.


I campaign on the ideal of how important it is for us to save lives in the great state of Michigan. From my plans to reform mental health care to my stance as an anti-gun violence advocate, we must begin to shift our focus as a state to one of the most important reasons that we have government in place and that is for the safety and welfare of the citizens of our beautiful state. As state Representative I will sponsor and support bills that make for better auto insurance rates and for roads and highways that allow for better travel however, I will first and foremost be concerned with and support bills that stand for a healthier, safer, happier Michigander who can breathe fresh air, have access to good health care (physical and mental) and can go to school and walk the streets without the threat of gunfire. This is why the citizens of the newly drawn State House District 5 should vote Reggie Reg Davis for State Representative.


STEELE P. HUGHES


Steele P. Hughes is currently constituent services director for District 10 in the state House of Representatives for Rep. Mary Cavanagh (D-Redford). He received a degree in business administration from Northwood University. A resident of Detroit, he has been a board member and football coach for Detroit City Lions Youth Organization, involved with the Detroit branch of NAACP and Detroit PAL organization.


Legislative bans on education topics


The simple answer is no I will not support legislation that limits or bans of Michigan teachers from teaching critical topics. President Franklin Roosevelt said it best in his first inaugural address, “…the only thing we have to fear is fear itself – nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” Unfortunately, the political leadership in the Republican Party deems it necessary to attack educators like my wife, a current teacher in metro Detroit. Limit the critical analysis of our nation’s history and legislate nationalism instead of promoting free thought and unbiased environments. If the left is suffering from so-called wokeness, then the right is suffering from intolerance. As Malcom X was quoted, “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” Our children can’t be adequately prepared if we hide the truth, degrade the facts and whitewash our struggles that have led to some of this country’s amazing advancements.


Legislative ethics/transparency


To be a true public servant you must be open to public scrutiny. I am not sure if the current bills in the state house go far enough. The best model we have currently is the state of Alaska which ranks as one of the highest in ethics practices according to a 2015 Washington Post article. Personally, I would support a constitutional amendment creating a new elected State Office of Inspector General – this person should be non-partisan and given broad scope to investigate state political officials, state agencies, local government practices, open meetings and FOIA request/investigations. After the amount of fraud perpetrated on the UIA during the pandemic and the lack of trust in government we need proper oversight in Lansing and throughout the state.


Term limits for legislators/administration