2014-10-30 / Community

Candidates for U.S. Senate

Q & A

Terri Lynn Land Terri Lynn Land 1. What experience or education to you possess that qualifies you to be a successful senator?

2. What do you believe are the top three issues impacting the residents of our nation and how do you plan to address those issues?

3. Many Huron County communities are struggling with the prospect of wind park developments in their vicinity. Do you believe wind energy is our best alternative to fossil fuels and why?

4. One of the criticisms of the current U.S. legislative climate is its partisanship. What efforts do you make or plan to make to work with people across the aisle?

Terri Lynn Land


Age: 56

Hometown: Byron Center

1. I served as Kent County Clerk for two terms and as Michigan Secretary of State from 2003- 2011. And I’m running because Washington is broken; it’s breaking Michigan – and we need a Senator who will put Michigan First! Michigan has gone through tough times, but we’re making a comeback. Governor Snyder is doing a great job in Lansing, and he needs a partner in Washington to help make Michigan the Comeback State. I am a mom and small business owner. Moms get things done, and I will get things done in Washington.

Gary Peters Gary Peters 2. My number one priority is growing the economy and putting the people of Michigan back to work by putting Michigan first. And that means reforming the tax code; balancing the budget and paying down the debt; and repealing and replacing ObamaCare.

In order to get Michigan back to work, we need to create an environment for economic growth and job creation. Families and businesses need their taxes to be lower, fairer and simpler. It’s time to reduce the tax burden and the compliance burden for Michigan’s families and small businesses.

Since Congressman Peters took office in 2009, the national debt has exploded from roughly $10 trillion to $17 trillion. The only way to ever hold Washington politicians accountable is to ratify a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution. It’s the only way we’ll ever get them to rein in spending. If Congress can’t pass a budget, then they shouldn’t get paid.

Finally, 225,000 Michiganders have lost their health insurance and many more have lost their doctors. By repealing and replacing ObamaCare, we can once again have the best health care system in the world.

3. As Michigan’s next United States Senator, I will support “all-of-the-above” policies that produce cleaner and affordable energy. I favor safe, expanded domestic production and use of natural gas, oil, coal, nuclear, solar, wind and biofuels.

However, I also believe in local control. We must protect our natural resources, like the Great Lakes, and we must respect and work with local communities in how we go about producing energy.

I will support policies that produce cleaner and affordable energy. I believe that we can use America’s domestic resources and renewable energy in the United States. My common sense energy policies will create jobs, reduce our dependence on Middle East Oil, create price stability for families and businesses and protect the environment.

4. As Michigan Secretary of State, I worked with a Democrat governor and legislature and was able to accomplish some important reforms. I believe in making government work for the people, and that’s exactly what I’ll do in Washington, D.C. I’ll work with anyone who will put Michigan first. Michigan needs good-paying jobs, and that will be my top priority in the United States Senate. I believe that if you don’t care about who gets the credit, then you can accomplish a lot. And that will be my philosophy – put Michigan First and don’t worry about who gets the credit.

Gary Peters


Age: 55

Hometown: Bloomfield Township

1. My family has been in Michigan for generations, and my wife Colleen and I are proud to be raising our own family where we grew up. My parents, a public school teacher and a nurse’s aide instilled in me the same values that guide me today: service, integrity, and fairness.

I worked in business for over 20 years, helping families plan for retirement and their children’s college education. At 34, I joined the U.S. Navy Reserve, rising to the rank of Lt. Commander and earning a Seabee Warfare Combat Specialist designation.

Frustrated by the gridlock, I ran for Congress in 2008, where I’ve worked to be the independent voice that Michigan families and small businesses can count on. My top priority has been jobs, and that’s why I’ve worked to invest in small businesses, creating programs that have helped create thousands of Michigan jobs.

2. My top priority is working to reinvest in Michigan’s economy to create good jobs, strengthen our middle class, and responsibly reduce our deficit.

We must invest in our strengths to reinvest in our economy. Michigan has the talented workforce, the tradition of innovation, and the entrepreneurial spirit to lead the nation. Our agricultural sector helps feed our families here and people all over the world. We also have untapped potential to capitalize on our strategic location between Chicago and Toronto and transform our state into a logistics, transportation, and innovation hub.

I will continue to focus on our engines of growth - small businesses. I helped pass into law two programs that have helped Michigan small businesses have access to capital they need to grow and have helped create thousands of Michigan jobs. In the U.S. Senate, I want to expand on their success.

Our economy is only strong when our middle class is strong. I support raising the minimum wage to $10.10 so that folks can support their families and save for retirement. I will continue fighting to stop wage discrimination and pass new laws that guarantee women equal pay for equal work. At the end of the day, I believe our seniors must be able to retire with dignity. I will make sure that Social Security and Medicare are protected.

We must cut wasteful spending like the estimated 95 billion in duplicative programs. I will fight for more accountability to streamline government and responsibly reduce the deficit.

3. Wind energy should be part of Michigan’s energy portfolio. However it is important that wind development observes local control, property rights and quality of life for residents. Wind developers must work with community stakeholders, state and local government, and residents in a productive and inclusive way to develop solutions that work for all of Michigan’s communities.

I support an all-of-the-above energy policy to create good jobs and make sure that Michigan families have access to affordable, reliable energy. We must combat climate change in a way that works for Michigan. Addressing our nation’s energy needs the right way presents a tremendous opportunity for Michigan to lead and create good jobs. We are blessed with abundant natural resources – from our forests to the Great Lakes – and we have the talented manufacturing base to lead in clean energy development.

Michigan’s Great Lakes supports thousands of good paying jobs in tourism, shipping, fishing, and agriculture. I am committed to protecting our Great Lakes so that we can ensure economic stability while leading the way in clean energy.

4. I worked for more than 20 years in business and served more than a decade in the U.S. Navy Reserve. In both experiences, what mattered was practical problem solving, and that’s the approach I bring to Washington. The bottom line is what’s important to Michigan matters more than Party.

I’ve made working across the aisle to deliver for Michigan a priority. Recently, I worked with a Republican colleague from Ohio to pass a new law to eliminate unnecessary paperwork for car dealers. Another Republican Representative from Colorado and I have introduced two proposals to cut spending and responsibly reduce the deficit. Additionally, I worked with a bipartisan group to repeal a tax on entrepreneurs that was holding back innovation for small business owners.

In the U.S. Senate, I will continue to focus on working with both parties to identify practical solutions for Michigan.

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