2014-04-10 / Front Page

Pavlov enters Senate race


Michigan State Senator Phil Pavlov has formally announced his candidacy to represent the residents of Michigan’s new 25th State Senate District, which includes Huron, Sanilac and St. Clair counties and portions of Macomb County. 
Courtesy photo Michigan State Senator Phil Pavlov has formally announced his candidacy to represent the residents of Michigan’s new 25th State Senate District, which includes Huron, Sanilac and St. Clair counties and portions of Macomb County. Courtesy photo SANDUSKY — Speaking with families and job providers recently at Stoutenburg Farms in Sandusky, state Senator Phil Pavlov formally announced his candidacy to represent the residents of Michigan’s new 25th State Senate District. The new district includes Huron, Sanilac and St. Clair counties and portions of Macomb County.

“Families, job makers and taxpayers tell me constantly that they want Lansing to focus on our economy and putting Michigan back to work,” said Pavlov. “That’s the common sense agenda I have been proud to fight for at the state Capitol over the last four years, and the work I am asking voters to send me back to continue in the state Senate.

“The Thumb has always been my home and I see first-hand, each and every day, the importance of putting local families first. Over the last four years, we’ve taken some incredible steps to kick-start our economy. We’ve balanced the state’s budget, cut taxes, expanded personal freedoms, strengthened agriculture, and eliminated over 1,500 government rules and regulations - but our work is far from finished.”

A St. Clair Township native, Senator Pavlov graduated from St. Clair High School, and studied business administration at St. Clair Community College before joining the family transportation business. For 14 years, Pavlov owned and operated his family’s successful small business, Dexter Equipment Company, which specialized in medium to heavy-duty truck sales and heavy equipment repair.

“Phil has been a powerful and effective voice in the Senate for both the Thumb and for agriculture,” said state Senator Mike Green (R-Mayville), who represents Huron and Sanilac Counties. “Huron and Sanilac counties deserve someone in Lansing who will fight for what is important to them, and that’s Phil Pavlov.”

Pavlov has been on the frontlines delivering results for Michigan taxpayers and the state’s agriculture industry since first being elected to the state House in 2004. He was elected to the state Senate in 2010, and his work on behalf of local families has produced dramatic results: he helped enact legislation strengthening the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program, the first bill ever signed by Governor Rick Snyder; Michigan added 220,000 private sector jobs; Michigan is ranked No. 1 among states that have recovered from the Great Recession; Michigan is 3rd in the nation for hightech job growth; Michigan is ranked 1st in the region for personal income growth; Michigan has had a balanced budget each year since 2011, ending years of chronic, billion-dollar budget deficits; Michigan’s rainy day fund has increased from $2 million to $560 million; he helped lead the charge to repeal the job-killing Michigan Business tax; and more than 1,500 government rules and regulations have been eliminated, getting Lansing out of the way of Thumb-area job providers.

Pavlov is a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the National Rifle Association, Blue Water Sportsmen’s Association, and Knights of Columbus.

“It was important to me to launch this campaign in a personal way, meeting face-to-face with local taxpayers to ask for their votes,” said Pavlov. “I’ll continue traveling the district in the months ahead, meeting with voters and sharing my focus on creating jobs, kick-starting our economy and getting government out of their way.”

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