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Judy Nerat
Judy Nerat State.jpg
Candidate for
Michigan House of Representatives District 108
PartyDemocratic
Prior offices
Michigan House of Representatives District 108
2009 - 2011
CandidateVerification
Judy Nerat was a Democratic member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 108 from 2009 to 2011. She unsuccessfully ran to retake her seat in 2012.

Rep. Judy Nerat was born Judith Kaczmarczyk to Leo and Irene Kaczmarczyk in Daggett, Michigan, located in Menominee County. Leo Kaczmarczyk was a Marine Shipyard worker in Marinette, Wisconsin and a member of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Union.

Judy graduated from Stephenson High School as well as the College of Beauty Culture in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She owned and operated a Hair Salon in Menominee, Michigan for over 34 years. In 2004, Judy Nerat was certified as a nursing assistant and worked at a local assisted living facility.

Nerat is married and has two children and four grandchildren. She lives in Wallace, Michigan, and belongs to Holy Redeemer Catholic Church.[1]

Political campaign history

Nerat was elected to the Menominee County Road Commission in 1998. In 2000, she was appointed to the Commissioners’ Committee for the County Road Association of Michigan. In 2002, she was appointed chair of the Commissioners’ Committee. Judy was elected to the County Road Association Self Insurance Fund in 2003, as one of nine directors. She was re-elected to the Road Commission in 2004.

In 2006 she announced her intention to run as a Democrat against incumbent Republican State Representative Tom Casperson in the 108th District in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Nerat easily won the Democratic Primary, but went on to lose to Casperson in the general election.

However, in 2008, Tom Casperson was unable to run for re-election due to term limits, choosing instead to run against Congressman Bart Stupak. Nerat again declared her intention to run, this time for an open seat. She narrowly defeated Janis Burgess in the Democratic Primary, winning by only 76 votes. In the November General Election, Nerat faced Republican Mike Falcon of Gladstone. Nerat won the seat with 56% of the vote. She campaigned the last three weeks leading up to the election with a fractured hip before undergoing hip replacement surgery in late October.[2]

Nerat is quoted in the 3 February 2009 Daily Press in regards to Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm's announcement that the state will cease subsidizing the Upper Peninsula State Fair as saying, "I don't know where this rumor started. However, up to this point, the state has not provided any state funding to support the fair."

  • 2008 election for State House
    • Judy Nerat (D), 56%
    • Mike Falcon (R), 44%
  • 2008 Democratic Primary election for State House
    • Judy Nerat (D), 37%
    • Janis Burgess (D), 36%
    • Dennis Baldinelli (D), 17%
    • David Polzin (D), 10%
  • 2006 election for State House
    • Tom Casperson (R), 55%
    • Judy Nerat (D), 45%
  • 2006 Democratic Primary election for State House
    • Judy Nerat (D), 69%
    • David Polzin (D), 31%

Voting record

Key votes of 2009-2010

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  • Super Speedway, Lawmakers voting on whether TO EXTEND A SPECIAL TAX PERK for a super speedway.
  • Driver Responsibility Fees, Lawmakers voting on whether TO IMPOSE 'driver responsibility fees.'
  • Crony Capitalism, Lawmakers voting on whether TO RESTRICT THE RIGHT of shareholders to sell their own stock.
  • Right to Work, Lawmakers voting on an amendment SUPPORTING RIGHT-TO-WORK zones.
  • Dept. of State Cost-Saving, Lawmakers voting on whether TO SLOW DOWN PROGRESS ON THE SECRETARY OF STATE'S COST-SAVING CONSOLIDATION PLAN.
  • Golf Carts, Lawmakers voting on whether TO SUBSIDIZE the production of electric vehicle batteries.
  • Home Court Disadvantage, Lawmakers voting on whether TO GIVE MORE TAXING POWER to local government in Kalamazoo so it can finance a taxpayer-subsidized sports arena.
  • Fire Safe Cigarettes, Lawmakers voting on whether TO BAN the sale of cigarettes that are not "fire safe."
  • Balancing Act, Lawmakers voting on a budget to CUT REVENUE SHARING PAYMENTS to local governments as a way to balance the state budget without raising taxes.
  • Balancing Act 2, Lawmakers voting on a cut of less than 3 percent to K-12 school aid payments so as to balance the state budget without tax increases.
  • A Good Tax Gone Bad?, Lawmakers voting on the Michigan Business Tax.
  • It’s From the Children, Lawmakers voting on whether to RAID $90 MILLION from the Michigan Higher Education Student Loan Authority.
  • Left Behind, Lawmakers voting on whether TO FINANCE "No Worker Left Behind" with a 59.9 percent increase in general fund spending in the 2009 DELEG budget.
  • First Class Schools, Lawmakers voting on whether to keep Detroit Public Schools' "first class" status even though the district no longer meets the population standard.
  • Politically Correct Capitalism, Lawmakers voting on whether to INCREASE SUBSIDIES for plug-in traction battery packs used in electric cars.
  • Politically Correct Capitalism 2, Lawmakers voting on whether to GIVE SUBSIDIES for Michigan film production.
  • Politically Correct Capitalism 3, Lawmakers voting on whether to INCREASE ELECTRIC CAR SUBSIDIES for a subsidiary of a Korean battery company.
  • Secret Ballot, Lawmakers voting on whether to keep a SECRET BALLOT for union elections.
  • Property Taxes Assaulted Again, Lawmakers voting on whether to allow public schools to EXPAND THE USE OF SINKING FUND property tax spending.
  • Sneak Attack, Lawmakers voting on whether to allow public schools to EXPAND THE USE OF SINKING FUND property tax spending.
  • Grapes of Wrath, Lawmakers voting on whether TO BAN home shipment of beer and wine to Michigan consumers.
  • Subsidize Manufacture of Electric Cars, Lawmakers voting on whether to authorize a refundable Michigan Business Tax credit for makers of plug-in traction battery packs used in electric cars.
  • Authorize Special Tax Breaks for Ethanol Gas Stations, Lawmakers voting on whether to authorize a non-refundable Michigan Business Tax credit equal to 30 percent of the costs incurred by a gas station to convert existing pumps and tanks, or acquire new ones that deliver E85 ethanol or biodiesel fuel.

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Committee Assignments, 2009-2010

Elections

2012

See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012

Nerat ran for Michigan House of Representatives in District 108. She was defeated by Sharon Gray in the Democratic primary on August 7. The general election takes place on November 6, 2012.

Michigan House of Representatives, District 108 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSharon Gray 50.8% 2,911
Judy Nerat 49.2% 2,818
Total Votes 5,729

2010

See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2010

Nerat ran for re-election to the District 108 Seat in 2010. She had no primary opposition. She was defeated by Ed McBroom in the general election on November 2, 2010.

Michigan House of Representatives, District 108 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Ed McBroom (R) 17,734
Judy Nerat (D) 11,870

2008

On November 04, 2008, Judy Nerat ran for District 108 of the Michigan House of Representatives, beating Mike Falcon. [3]

Judy Nerat raised $82,259 for her campaign.[4]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 108
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Judy Nerat (D) 23,800
Mike Falcon (R) 18,350

Campaign donors

2008

In 2008 Judy Nerat collected $82,259 in donations. [5]

Her eight largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Michigan Trial Lawyers Association $5,000
Dillon Leadership Fund $5,000
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $5,000
Angerer Leadership Fund $5,000
Sheet Metal Workers Local 7 $5,000
Michigan Education Association $5,000
Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters $5,000
Auto Workers Region 1D $5,000

Campaign contributions

Contributions Report from Michigan Secretary of State

Contact

Rep. Judy Nerat
S1487 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909-7514
(517) 373-0156
JudyNerat@house.mi.gov

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Preceded by
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Michigan House of Representatives District 108
2009–2011
Succeeded by
Ed McBroom