Mary Belden

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Mary Belden
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Former candidate for
Michigan House of Representatives, District 40
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
(timed out) Campaign website
Mary Belden was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 40 of the Michigan House of Representatives.[1][2]


Campaign themes


Belden's website highlighted the following campaign themes:


One of the most important reasons people choose to live in our area is the excellent quality of our local public schools. For decades, our locally elected public school officials have excelled at providing top-quality public education, which is why my priority is to get the legislators out of our schools and return to more local control.


A state that fails to adequately maintain and repair its roads and bridges can’t attract new businesses and the jobs that come with them. Bad roads have severely affected Michigan’s quality of life. The estimate of the funding required to put most of our roads into at least “fair” condition is about $2 billion annually. That figure rises every day as our roads deteriorate further.


In 2011, Governor Snyder and the legislature imposed a new pension tax on our seniors. They also eliminated several credits and exemptions for middle class families. The extra revenue was used to help offset an 86% reduction in corporate taxes. A raid on the School Aid Fund helped make up the difference. As a result, most Michigan taxpayers saw an increase in their tax bill - especially those least able to cope with the extra burden.

Fairness for Women

Michigan has made headlines for its discrimination against women. Unfair public policies toward women in the workplace and in health care threaten our state's ability to compete, and allow us to be portrayed as a “backwater”, not ready to equitably employ all of our human capital in the quest for economic growth. Michigan can regain its position as an economic engine for the good of its people, but not if we leave half of those people behind. Women are crucial to our future as a state, and deserve our demonstrated respect in public policy.

Protecting our Environment

Here in Michigan, we sit surrounded by one of the largest and most valuable fresh water resources in the world: our beautiful Great Lakes. Our state draws tourists from around the world, and we must be mindful of our responsibility to protect our environment.[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. Mary Belden was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Michael McCready was unopposed in the Republican primary. McCready defeated Belden in the general election.[5][6][1][2]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 40 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMichael McCready Incumbent 57.6% 23,680
     Democratic Mary Belden 42.4% 17,408
Total Votes 41,088



In 2014, Belden's endorsements included the following:[7]

  • Michigan Education Association
  • Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan
  • Michigan Women Win
  • Oakland/Macomb National Organization for Women
  • Plumbers' 98
  • Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights, U.B.C.J.A.
  • 11th Congressional District Democrats
  • West Bloomfield Lakes Area Democratic Club

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