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Charles Smiley
Charles Smiley.jpg
Michigan House of Representatives District 50
Incumbent
In office
January 1. 2011-Present
Term ends
January 1, 2013
Years in position 3
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$71,865/year
Per diem$10,800 yearly expense allowance
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limits3 terms
Prior offices
Burton City Council
1987-1991
Personal
BirthdayMay 4, 1954
Place of birthFlint, MI
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Charles Smiley (b. May 4, 1954) is a Democratic member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing the 50th District since January 1, 2011.

Smiley was mayor of Burton for 20 years. He also served as a member of the Burton City Council for four years. Prior to his election as mayor, Charles worked at General Motors Truck and Bus Assembly plant for 18 years.

Issues

Campaign Themes

Smiley's website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]

Enacting the Emergency Financial Managers Law

  • Excerpt:"This undermines democracy because the Governor can make the determination that a local unit of government or school district that doesn’t meet his standards can take over that entity and wipe out the vote of the people who reside in that area."

Tax on Pensions

  • Excerpt:"Making senior citizens pay for big tax breaks for Businesses, who haven’t created jobs, reducing the spending power and consumer demand that small businesses need to thrive and create jobs."

Massive Cuts in Education Funding

  • Excerpt:"Our residents have said loud and clear that they do not want the budget balanced on the backs of our children. It is deplorable that the Governor and legislative Republicans refused to listen to the people, choosing to divert state funding meant for classrooms to giant corporations instead."

Worker’s Compensation Law

  • Excerpt:"This makes it more difficult for worker’s who become injured on the job to be compensated for those injuries."

Unemployment Benefits Reduction

  • Excerpt:"Last year any person who was laid off would become eligible for up to 26 weeks of Unemployment benefits. Beginning in January 2012, the maximum weeks have been reduced to 20 weeks. This new law change offers fewer weeks of eligibility benefits than any other state in the country."

Committee assignments

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Smiley has been appointed to these committees:

Elections

2012

See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012

Smiley ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 7. The general election is November 6.[2]

2010

See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2010

Smiley won election to the District 50 Seat in 2010. He defeated Richard Burrus, James Cowan, Jeffery Houston and Gerald Masters in the August 3 Democratic primary. He defeated William Ralph (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.

Michigan House of Representatives, District 50 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Charles Smiley (D) 13,647
William Ralph (R) 12,134

Campaign donors

2010

In 2010, Smiley raised $26,285 in contributions. [3]

His three largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Smiley, Charles H $5,592
Smiley, Charles H $5,000
Michigan Education Association $1,000

Scorecards

Tea Party Scorecard

The Independent Tea Party Patriots, a Michigan Tea Party group, grades the votes of this and every other Michigan legislator on “core tea party issues” in a regularly-updated scorecard. 100% is considered an ideal rating.[4]

January 2011 - March 2012

Charles Smiley received a 10% rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.[4]

Personal

Smiley and his wife Pam have two children.

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