|Michigan House of Representatives District 108|
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| Current term ends|
Democrat Judy Nerat of Wallace is the current state representative for the 108th District of the Michigan House of Representatives serving her first term. 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.
Previous Offices Held
See "Campaign History"
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.
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%
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.
More Voting Record Details
- List of all of Judy Nerat’s roll call votes, bills introduced, and floor amendments from MichiganVotes.org (use site’s “advanced search” to narrow by date range, issue category and/or keyword).
- List of Judy Nerat’s 170 missed roll-call votes
Committee Assignments, 2009-2010
Judy Nerat raised $82,259 for her campaign.
|Michigan House of Representatives, District 108|
|Judy Nerat (D)||23,800|
|Mike Falcon (R)||18,350|
In 2008 Judy Nerat collected $82,259 in donations. 
Her eight largest contributors in 2008 were:
|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|
Contributions Report from Michigan Secretary of State
Rep. Judy Nerat
S1487 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909-7514
- Michigan House of Representatives official election results for 2008
- Follow the Money's report on Nerat's 2008 campaign contributions
- 2008 contributors to Judy Nerat
- Judy Nerat's campaign website
- Michigan House Democrats - Judy Nerat
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Project Vote Smart biography
- Michigan Votes - Judy Nerat
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006
- Judy Nerat on Facebook
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