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Bryan Mielke

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Bryan Mielke
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Former candidate for
Michigan House of Representatives, District 99
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sCentral Michigan University, 1986
Master'sCentral Michigan University, 1991
Personal
ProfessionBusiness owner
ReligionChristian
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Bryan Mielke was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 99 of the Michigan House of Representatives.[1][2]

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Mielke's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

Education

It is no secret that recent legislative policies have devastated our schools, and I want to go to Lansing to fix that. Over the last three years, legislators in Lansing have cut $3 billion from school funding across the state, leading to overcrowded classrooms, a lack of basic school supplies, school closings and large-scale teacher layoffs.

As the father of two grown girls, and the husband of a Mount Pleasant Public Schools employee, I know that our kids need a world-class education if they are to prepare for the high-paying careers of the future. And I know that in order to give them that education, we need to properly fund our district’s schools, which are still $602,957 short of the funding they received before the fiscal year 2011/2012 cuts to education.

Rather than taking the Band-Aid approach that is favored by Rep. Cotter, I will work to fix the underlying problems facing education in Michigan - a lack of funding. As your representative, I will fight to fully restore school funding so that all of our kids can get a fair shot at a good future. With your support, I know we can get Michigan’s education system moving in the right direction again. ​ Tax Fairness

I am ready to go to Lansing and fight on your behalf to restore tax fairness and put some money back in your pockets. In 2011, the governor and Lansing legislators made severe changes to the Michigan tax code, punishing middle-class families and seniors. These changes include imposing a tax on retirement income, eliminating the Homestead Property Tax Credit for many families, a drastic cut to the Earned Income Tax Credit and the elimination of the $600 per-child tax deduction and tax credits for charitable donations. These changes were made to fund nearly $2 billion in tax breaks for big corporations, effectively making Michigan’s low-income and middle-class families pay for a handout to big corporations. We were promised that these handouts would bring jobs to our state. But it has been two years, and our economy is still struggling. It’s time for a change.

As your state representative, I pledge to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to fight against tax increases on the middle class and seniors every time a new, harmful tax is introduced to the Legislature. I look forward to beginning the fight for Michigan’s middle class. ​ Job Creation

For 23 years, I have owned and operated DCG Inc., a small business located in downtown Mount Pleasant. I proudly employ hardworking Michiganders, and do all I can to support our Mount Pleasant community by fostering economic growth. As a AAs a small-business owner, I know how important small businesses are to the growth and success of Michigan’s economy. I know that small businesses bring jobs to local communities, and foster economic growth on both a local and statewide level. Most importantly, I know what Michigan needs to bring its economy back, and I am ready to get to work in the Legislature finding innovative ways to bring more jobs to the state.

To start, I would end tax breaks to big corporations that fail to create jobs or move their operations out of state and transfer those savings back into the pockets of middle-class families and seniors who have struggled under the recent tax shift. As your representative, I would do everything possible to support small businesses and entrepreneurs, because that is where most new jobs come from. I am ready to go to Lansing and fight hard to protect Michigan’s small businesses and bring more jobs to our state. Because I want Michigan to be the best it can be, and I’m confident that with your support, it will.[3][4]

Elections

2014

See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Michigan House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 5, 2014, and a general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 22, 2014. Bryan Mielke was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Kevin Cotter was unopposed in the Republican primary. Cotter then defeated Mielke in the general election.[5][6][1][2][7]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 99 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Cotter Incumbent 51.5% 11,347
     Democratic Bryan Mielke 48.5% 10,676
Total Votes 22,023

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