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.
Good afternoon, thank you for coming out today. I'd also like to thank you for inviting me and giving me this opportunity to speak.
As some of you know already, I work as a truck driver to support my family. For this reason I am familiar with the terrible conditions of the roads here in our district and across the state. In their current state, many of you have found yourselves personally affected by road damage to your vehicles. Damage that is costly, takes away hard earned money for repairs, burdens plans and dreams for your families.
It is my goal to start down a path to really fixing our roads, not just patching them over and over as we have been, but by removing, resurfacing and rebuilding not just our roads but all our crumbling infrastructures.
Fixing our roads and infrastructures will also offer new employment opportunities. If we can work together to take advantage of these opportunities, then we can see our communities grow and evolve around us, giving not just our generation but our children, the chance to grow in improved environments and communities.
Speaking of our communities, Friday, I had the opportunity to tour Greenville High with superintendent Linda Van Houten. We spoke about the importance of skilled trades education, partnerships with community colleges, and STEM education to prepare our next generation for the jobs of the 21st century. I also learned about the state of our state education, the challenges our schools face. Such as the per student funding shortfall of approximately $2,000 and challenges with transportation funding.
While I am speaking of costs, I have an announcement. As of today, I pledge when I’m elected, I’ll cosponsor Abdul’s Michicare plan. This plan will drive down the cost of healthcare while providing improved care options. It’s time to join the rest of the industrialized world and provide a healthcare plan which works for all.
My name is Mark Bignell, a citizen candidate and I stand before you ready to work for you, strengthening our communities, rebuilding our state, funding our schools, and helping everyone get back to what we spend our time working for, our families.
Mark Bignell is an alumni of Montcalm Community College and Grand Valley State University. He is a former Democratic Nominee for Michigan State Senate and current candidate.