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Dennis Ritter
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Candidate for
Michigan House of Representatives, District 43
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Websites
Campaign website
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Dennis Ritter is a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 43 of the Michigan House of Representatives.[1][2]

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Ritter's website highlights the following campaign themes:[3]

Fully Funding our Schools

  • Excerpt: "The best investment we can make in the future is giving our kids a world-class education. They need it to join a strong talent pool and attract good-paying jobs to Michigan. Unfortunately, Lansing politicians have lost sight of this. In the last three years, Michigan schools have lost $3 billion in state funding. This has resulted in building closures and teacher layoffs. Kids are in overcrowded classrooms, often without enough supplies to go around. We need to give Michigan students the best chance to succeed, and I’m ready to fight to make that happen."

A Fair Tax Code

  • Excerpt: "Three years ago, Lansing politicians gave in to special interests when they cut taxes $1.8 billion for big corporations. They balanced the budget on the backs of middle-class families and seniors. Tax deductions and credits for working families were eliminated, such as the $600 per-child deduction and the charitable giving credit. Drastic reductions to the Earned Income Tax Credit and Homestead Property Tax Credit also went into effect. Seniors were forced to pay a new tax on their retirement income, making those on a fixed income struggle to make ends meet. When I go to Lansing, I’ll fight the special interests and make our tax system fair again."

More Resources for Local Governments

  • Excerpt: "As a township treasurer, I know how to spend taxpayer dollars wisely. But local governments have been struggling as Lansing has made deep cuts to revenue sharing. As a result, municipalities across the state are having trouble giving residents the services they need. Police and fire protection, road maintenance and other necessities have all felt the pain. Just as a strong economy is built from the middle class out, a strong Michigan needs healthy cities, villages and townships. I’ll use my experience with budgeting to make sure our communities have the resources to be a great place to live."

Elections

2014

See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Michigan House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 5, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 22, 2014. Dennis Ritter defeated Neil Billington and Robin McGregor in the Democratic primary. Jim Tedder defeated Jose Aliaga, Paul Greenawalt, Nate Knapper and Andrea Schroeder in the Republican primary.[4][1][2]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 43 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDennis Ritter 49.6% 2,504
Robin McGregor 42.9% 2,164
Neil Billington 7.5% 377
Total Votes 5,045
Michigan House of Representatives, District 43 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Tedder 30.5% 3,007
Andrea Schroeder 28.9% 2,846
Jose Aliaga 21.8% 2,146
Nate Knapper 15.4% 1,515
Paul Greenawalt 3.4% 332
Total Votes 9,846

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