Lynn Mason

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Lynn Mason
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Former candidate for
Michigan House of Representatives, District 86
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Ionia County Boards of Commissioners
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Lynn Mason was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 86 of the Michigan House of Representatives.[1][2]

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Mason's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

Taxes

No one likes to pay taxes but they are needed in order to have the many services that the government provides. Most of us would agree that having good roads, good schools, and capable first responders is important. The tax burden that supports our community should be distributed fairly.

Unfortunately, Lisa Posthumus Lyons thinks that you should pay more than your fair share, and voted to give corporations and the rich an annual tax break of $1.8 billion in 2011. Lyons also voted to cut Business Property Taxes from $1.2 billion a year to an estimated $400 million. In order to make these giveaways possible, Lyons raised our taxes annually by $1.4 billion in 2011 alone. (See more about the POOR TAX HISTORY of your incumbent, Lisa Posthumus Lyons)

Fiscal Responsibility

As a County Commissioner, I demonstrated the ability to create budgets with surpluses. I am careful with my own budget and I understand the value of a dollar. I know the importance of businesses and the part they play in providing jobs and building communities. I will protect your interests, unlike Lisa Posthumus Lyons who has demonstrated a fondness for helping corporations and the rich.

Education

As an educator for over 30 years, I know what works and what doesn’t. I support early childhood education and believe it is important to provide the resources necessary to make a good education possible. Teachers and their support staff are the glue that makes it all work. I look at students and see potential. Lisa Lyons looks at students and sees dollar signs.

I do not support untested cyber and charter schools whose guiding principle is profits.

Our Second Amendment

I support the 2nd Amendment. It is the law of the land. My husband Frank and son Marty are avid hunters, and Frank is a member of the NRA.

Job Creation

I have first-hand knowledge concerning economic development through my work as a County Commissioner. For example, as Chairperson of the Mid-West Michigan Rail Trail Authority, I helped to prove that projects such as these have a positive impact on the communities they pass through. I have also worked hard to bring multiple jurisdictions together in order to get positive results. I will work hard to bring jobs to the 86th District.

Our First Responders

I think of police officers and fire fighters as Everyday Heroes. They save lives, work in dangerous situations, and witness tragedy every day. As with all of our citizens who work in service jobs, it is important that elected officials make it possible for them to be professional, capable, and have the resources they need to do their jobs. There are important consequences to the decisions that elected officials make.

Our Environment

“We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.” This quote, by Chief Seattle, represents my thoughts on preserving our environment. I believe in long-term planning, realistic and manageable regulations, and collaborative work on issues that concern our environment. A healthy environment will be a top concern of mine as I represent the 86th District.

Workers’ Rights

All work environments need to be safe, healthy and respectful places. Working people must have a voice in decisions that affect their wages, hours, and work place conditions. The best quality products are created when there is a balance between workers’ rights and management.[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. Lynn Mason was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Lisa Posthumus Lyons defeated Angela Rigas in the Republican primary. Lyons defeated Mason in the general election.[5][6][1][2]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 86 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLisa Posthumus Lyons Incumbent 65.8% 20,273
     Democratic Lynn Mason 34.2% 10,516
Total Votes 30,789
Michigan House of Representatives, District 86 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLisa Posthumus Lyons Incumbent 70.9% 7,492
Angela Rigas 29.1% 3,069
Total Votes 10,561

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