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.