Schmidt announces campaign for state representative

By: 
MEGAN LINSKI

Supporters of Harvey Schmidt’s campaign for the 57th District seat in the Michigan House of Representatives joined the kick off on Monday at City Hall. Schmidt, (center) is flanked by his three sons (l-r) Sam, Tim and Ben. Photo by Jim Lincoln.

Harvey Schmidt, lifelong resident of Tecumseh and owner of Schmidt & Sons Pharmacy, announced his intention to run as the Democratic candidate for the 57th District of the Michigan House of Representatives at city hall on April 25.

“I’ve dedicated my life to a high level of service in Lenawee County and I want to continue that service statewide as your representative,” Schmidt said at the press conference on April 25.

Schmidt has operated Schmidt & Sons Pharmacy for nearly 40 years, and has served 15 years on Tecumseh’s city council. He served a 10-year term as mayor from 2000 to 2010.

At the conference, Schmidt expressed concern about overcrowded classrooms and lack of resources due to low funding in schools. He also noted he was worried about the cost of higher education, which affects businesses. “I want to help entrepreneurs create jobs right in our community. We need a good partnership between business and higher education,” Schmidt said.

Schmidt is currently running unopposed for the primary election on August 2. The general election for state representative is on November 8. Schmidt will face one of three Republicans running for office, Bronna Kahle, Brian Jay Good, and Jim Cottrell, after the August primary. This is Schmidt’s third attempt to obtain the House seat.

One of Schmidt’s primary goals if he is elected as state representative is to bring transparency back in state government.

“We need to be open and honest about how we run things, and I want to make sure that we have checks and balances in Lansing,” Schmidt said. “As state representative, I can be a vehicle for that purpose.”

Schmidt expresses a concern about the Republican majority in the state House of Representatives. “I want to create a situation where we can have a true government based on compromise,” Schmidt said. “It’s important for the Democrats to win back control of the state house, because the Republicans have served big businesses and not small communities.”

The plan for transparency within Lansing is based on honesty and a willingness to serve the people, Schmidt said. “Open discussion that the public is aware of at all times is crucial. I don’t think that’s happened in the last six years since the state government has been taken over by Republicans,” Schmidt said.

With 25 years of government service, Schmidt believes he is qualified for the position of state representative. “I’m a forty-year business owner, so I know how difficult it is for small businesses to operate,” Schmidt said. “I believe we can do better at state level to help small businesses open and survive.”

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