|Former candidate for|
|Michigan House of Representatives, District 20|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|High school||Traverse City Central High School|
|Bachelor's||Michigan State University|
|Master's||University of Michigan|
|Place of birth||Traverse City, Michigan|
Smith-Tyge's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
|“||Economy & Jobs
Thanks to the reemergence of the domestic auto industry Michigan’s economy has seen an uptick in economic activity. However, we still have a long way to go for a full recovery. The Governor and Mr. Heise promised that their massive tax shift in 2010 would result in job growth but Michigan still ranks 46th in unemployment with a rate over 9%. This is unacceptable and we need investments in the things that really drive job growth – education, infrastructure, and support for small and medium sized businesses.We must also work to diversify our economy while supporting our strong manufacturing base. Nearly 40% of our recent college graduates must leave the state to find work. As a state we need to encourage investment in the next wave of economic growth – knowledge-based industries. The state must provide support to entrepreneurs and existing firms looking to grow in the economy of thefuture.
In addition to cutting funding the current Legislature and Governor have rushed forth plans to turn our public schools over to private-for-profit corporations that want to open even more un-accountable charter schools and fully online “cyber schools.” One of the biggest corporations is K-12 Inc., which pays its CEO a salary of $5 million provided by taxpayer dollars intended for the education of our children. Meanwhile, nearly half of the K-12 Inc. online students never complete their courses. We must hold private for-profit charter and cyber schools accountable for their poor record of results. Additionally, I oppose the Educational Achievement Authority (EAA) and will fight any further expansion of this failed experiment and any other backdoor attempts at school vouchers or privatization of our community schools (1). I also have very grave concerns about the Common Core and oppose its implementation in Michigan public schools (2). Finally, I have deep concerns about the continued reliance of standardized tests as the only measure of student, teacher, and school success. The research is quite clear that these tests tell us very little about real learning and are often counterproductive to deep learning and the development of critical thinking and higher order cognitive skills. We must change our approach to educational assessment and do so in a manner that supports student learning.
I am proud of my professional and academic accomplishments in the field of education. We need educational professionals from both the practice and research sides of the field helping to shape our education policy. That is missing in the current debate in Lansing and if I am fortunate enough to earn your vote I will help to bring the voice of the educational professional to Lansing.
Fairness for Women
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. Nate Smith-Tyge was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Kurt Heise was unopposed in the Republican primary. Heise defeated Smith-Tyge in the general election.
|Michigan House of Representatives, District 20 General Election, 2014|
|Republican||Kurt Heise Incumbent||61.4%||21,425|
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- Michigan Secretary of State, "2014 Official Michigan Primary Candidate Listing," accessed May 27, 2014
- Michigan Secretary of State, "2014 Official Michigan General Candidate Listing," accessed September 8, 2014
- Friends of Nate Smith-Tyge, "Issues," accessed October 16, 2014
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- Michigan Secretary of State, "Representative in State Legislature," accessed August 6, 2014
- Michigan Secretary of State, "Representative in State Legislature," accessed December 5, 2014
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