John Ruggles

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John Ruggles
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Former candidate for
Michigan House of Representatives, District 102
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sAdrian College
(dead link) Campaign website
John Ruggles was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 102 of the Michigan House of Representatives.[1][2]


Campaign themes


Ruggles' website highlighted the following campaign themes:

JOBS NOW ​We need to immediately invest in both State and Local road, community facilities and infrastructure projects. Of the jobs that are created, let us set aside 25% of those jobs for the long-term unemployed, those needing public assistance and our returning service men and women. We must work with our small businesses to ensure they have an even playing field when they're forced to compete with large multinational corporations.

It goes without saying that equity in pay for all should be the law of the land. We also know that it is time to increase the minimum wage.

​EDUCATION ​Access to public education is a birth right in America. ​Keep public schools public! Protect our educators. They are the gatekeepers of our freedom. OVERCROWDED CLASSROOMS and limited materials hamper learning. Teaching to state tests destroys creativity, motivation and productivity.

Public higher education must reflect the needs of our society. A 2010 study concluded that many of our graduates will be paying on their student loans for their entire working careers. We need to help them, especially when their careers fill the critical needs of our changing society.

OUR ENVIRONMENT Michigan is a wonderland of natural beauty and we must be GOOD STEWARDS of our water, land and air. We cannot risk the health of our next generation for the profit of a few.

SENIOR CITIZENS We must protect our senior citizens by repealing the new pension tax law.

PUBLIC ASSISTANCE From the very first writing of our Constitution, we have had a responsibility to help our brothers and sisters who fall on hard times. We can do this best with job training and jobs. Nothing helps as much as a PAYCHECK. Let's help them get one.

TAXES Michigan's tax structure is neither fair nor comprehensive. We need to eliminate corporate welfare. We can write tax code that is easy to understand and puts all individuals and businesses on an even playing field.

FARMINGThe fastest growing segment in agriculture is organic farming. For the saftey of our food source and to protect family farms, we need to support this effort.[3][4]



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. John Ruggles was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Phil Potvin defeated James Higgs in the Republican primary. Potvin then defeated Ruggles in the general election.[5][6][1][2][7]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 102 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPhil Potvin Incumbent 60.1% 14,717
     Democratic John Ruggles 39.9% 9,761
Total Votes 24,478
Michigan House of Representatives, District 102 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPhil Potvin Incumbent 67.1% 5,242
James Higgs 32.9% 2,567
Total Votes 7,809

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