Liz Fessler Smith

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Liz Fessler Smith
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Former candidate for
Michigan House of Representatives, District 44
Campaign website
Liz Fessler Smith was a 2014 Republican candidate for District 44 of the Michigan House of Representatives.[1]


Campaign themes


Smith's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

Jobs and the Economy

  • Excerpt: "Our friends and neighbors throughout Michigan are finally beginning to recover from the latest economic downturn. We need to protect, strengthen, and speed up Michigan’s comeback. To accomplish this we need to further enhance the business environment of our state by keeping taxes low and providing the right type of infrastructure for job growth."


  • Excerpt: "We need to approve curriculums that will allow our children to be competitive with students around our country and around the world. If we do not have rigid standards, our kids will fall behind and they won’t be able to get 21st Century jobs."

Balancing the Budget

  • Excerpt: "Our legislators and governor have done an excellent job of balancing the budget ahead of schedule for the last 3 years. We need to continue this practice because it provides certainty and stability to Michigan families and local governments."

Seniors and Elder Care

  • Excerpt: "This country will soon have more senior citizens as part of the population than ever before. Michigan will be no exception to this, and as a state we are not prepared! I had the privilege of caring for my elderly grandmother who lived to the age of 101. I have seen firsthand areas that need improving. We need to improve, safety, health, housing, and services that provide happiness to our seniors."


  • Excerpt: "I will work to stop Obamacare. It is a failed government take-over of 1/6 of the nation’s economy. The costs of healthcare premiums, deductibles, and co-pays are going to skyrocket as a result of the passage of the ACA."



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. Mark Venie was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Jim Runestad defeated Liz Fessler Smith, Dennis Garlick and Russ Tierney in the Republican primary. Runestad defeated Venie in the general election.[3][4][1][5]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 44 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Runestad 67.8% 21,838
     Democratic Mark Venie 32.2% 10,362
Total Votes 32,200
Michigan House of Representatives, District 44 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Runestad 35.5% 3,804
Liz Fessler Smith 33.2% 3,559
Russ Tierney 23.6% 2,527
Dennis Garlick 7.7% 827
Total Votes 10,717



In 2014, Smith's endorsements included:

  • Right to Life of Michigan[6]

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