Although, I was unable to attend this conservation forum due to work obligations, I was given the questions by the host agency and below are my responses. Thank you to the Mid Michigan United Sportsman's Alliance for hosting this forum and giving me this opportunity.
There comes a time, in every election, when a controversy or controversial endorsement is given. Today is such a day. As I stated earlier today, it is my intent to decline this endorsement and at 14:02 CST, I tendered my letter to the organization in question to decline their endorsement. I further requested all likenesses, logos, banners, quotes, data about me and my campaign be removed from their databases, social media pages/accounts and sister pages. This notice also serves notice, their organization does not have expressed written, or implied consent in publishing my likeness, logos, banners, quotes, or video of me.
Attached inside this blog post, I have made available a signed copy of my letter, refusing the endorsement.
The Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ) is pleased to inform you that you have received the Association's endorsement for your candidacy for Michigan State Senate District 33.
I humbly and gratefully accept your endorsement. I look forward to working for the people of the 33rd and Michigan, in ensuring every person has the equitable opportunity to exercise their right to a trial by jury. Thank you for this opportunity.
Today was the Tri County Picnic, in Beaverton Michigan. I was on hand as a candidate for Clare County. The day was full of events, with many great speakers present. When it was my turn to speak, I delivered a bold announcement. That when I am elected, I will cosponsor Abdul's Michicare proposal. Below, you can find the contents of my speech.
In the last few years, under the current governorship and a recovering Michigan economy, education has been slipping. Even as our state increased funding, state standardized test scores show a gross drop in performance across the entire school age population of our state. Under current circumstances, a rational person can only conclude: something in education is broken and it's time to figure out where and how to fix it.
As such, I support the following proposals: All Year School, Temporary Moratorium on Standardized Testing, Ending Homework, Feeless Breakfast & Lunch, & Reformulating School Funding.
I am honored to accept the endorsement of AFSCME Council 25 and I'm proud to stand by the men and women who serve our state. I hope if elected to help enact comprehensive solutions which which will benefit Michigan families, by creating the opportunities hard working Michiganders need.
Campaign Announcement, campaign policy change.
As of today I, Mark Bignell will not knowingly accept any campaign contributions from the oil, gas, and coal industries.
The Pledge: I pledge to not take contributions from the oil, gas, and coal industry and instead prioritize the health of our families, climate, and democracy over fossil fuel industry profits.
Taking the pledge means that your campaign will adopt a policy to not knowingly accept any contributions over $200 from the PACs or executives of fossil fuel companies — companies whose primary business is the extraction, processing, distribution, or sale of oil, gas, or coal.
America; we have a problem. There; I said it and now the questions are, what exactly is the problem and are we going to solve it?
Well, no solution can fully be proposed and expected to solve a problem, without first fully understanding what factors are contributing to this crisis. Make no mistake, this is a problem of crisis level. The very first of these, that I can recall was Columbine. I was in my senior year of High School, attending Journalism class, when the teacher wheeled in the TV cart and tuned to the news. She announced simply, everyone, please watch this. A mass murder and possible hostage situation was playing out, in the news broadcast. Two seniors: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School in Jefferson County, Colorado, murdered 13 people in cold blood and injured an additional 21 people. The motives of these young adults was never made clear, other than to spill the blood of their peers. The latest such incident occurred on February 14, 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, when Nikolas Jacob Cruz entered the school he previously attended and murdered 17 people in cold blood, wounding an additional 14. I wish these two incidents were isolated, however these are the first and last, in a string of incidents spanning all these years.
Welcome to Michigan, where the U.S. knows us for our lakes, our winters, and notoriously for our roads. As I travel the states, anytime the CB chatter turns to roads, Michigan gets mentioned in a terrible light. I know it cannot be helped, Michigan has had a couple decades of hard knocks and slashed road budgets, after the last two economic down turns.
I say its time to rebuild. It's time to stop reinventing Michigan and start rebuilding and reinvesting in Michigan and its people. We have a state budget surplus, we could use it to start rebuilding our state's crumbling structures and roads.
As of January 8, 2018; I am proud to announce I have filed for ballot access for Michigan State Senate, District 33. All requirements and fees were met, so I will be appearing on the ballot this primary season. In accordance with this recent development, I have also withdrawn from the US Representative in Congress; Michigan District 4 race. It was my sincerest honor to earn the support of many and learn soo much about politics, from a hands on perspective.
Mark Bignell is an alumni of Montcalm Community College and Grand Valley State University. He is a former candidate for US Representative in congress and a current candidate for Michigan State Senate.