Ottawa County Candidates

#DaretoRun 2018 Candidates

  Dr. Rob Davidson    Congressional Candidate for 2nd CD   Meet Dr. Rob Davidson. He’s an emergency physician in a small, rural West Michigan hospital – and he’s running for Congress to represent the citizens of West Michigan and the Lakeshore. Throughout his life, Rob has always worked to help people and solve problems. Every day, he uses his skills and leadership to make people from all walks of life healthy again, and even save lives. Rob is running for Congress because middle-class, hardworking West Michigan families are getting left behind while wealthy corporations, robber barons and privileged heirs get the lion’s share of the nation’s profits. People who need a hand during tough times are losing the protections that can help them stay above water and get back on track. Rob’s running because he believes America can do better. The first step will be to replace Washington politicians who put partisanship and corporate donors ahead of the people’s needs.    www.robdavidsonforcongress.com

Dr. Rob Davidson

Congressional Candidate for 2nd CD

Meet Dr. Rob Davidson. He’s an emergency physician in a small, rural West Michigan hospital – and he’s running for Congress to represent the citizens of West Michigan and the Lakeshore. Throughout his life, Rob has always worked to help people and solve problems. Every day, he uses his skills and leadership to make people from all walks of life healthy again, and even save lives. Rob is running for Congress because middle-class, hardworking West Michigan families are getting left behind while wealthy corporations, robber barons and privileged heirs get the lion’s share of the nation’s profits. People who need a hand during tough times are losing the protections that can help them stay above water and get back on track. Rob’s running because he believes America can do better. The first step will be to replace Washington politicians who put partisanship and corporate donors ahead of the people’s needs.

www.robdavidsonforcongress.com

  Jeanette Schipper    Candidate for 30th Michigan State Senate District   Jeanette Schipper was born in Lansing Michigan and grew up just blocks from the state capital. She attended Lansing Public Schools until she moved to West Michigan where she graduated from Holland High School. From there, Jeanette attended Michigan State University, Davenport University, and is a current student and employee at Western Theological Seminary. She lives in Holland with her husband, their three children, and her mother. Jeanette is an experienced administrator, fierce advocate for mental health rights, and community organizer. As an advocate in the community, Jeanette believes that the future of our communities must be grounded in compassion and unity, not fear and division. Jeanette is committed to a vision for raising up a vibrant and well-resourced generation, while caring holistically for the needs of all members of the community. In order to accomplish this vision, Jeannette knows that what West Michigan needs is improved access to mental health care, drastically renewed infrastructure, and access to high quality education for all. Jeanette will work tirelessly for Michigan—to ensure that we have a thriving economy and an inclusive community that is open to all.    www.jeanetteforsenate.com

Jeanette Schipper

Candidate for 30th Michigan State Senate District

Jeanette Schipper was born in Lansing Michigan and grew up just blocks from the state capital. She attended Lansing Public Schools until she moved to West Michigan where she graduated from Holland High School. From there, Jeanette attended Michigan State University, Davenport University, and is a current student and employee at Western Theological Seminary. She lives in Holland with her husband, their three children, and her mother. Jeanette is an experienced administrator, fierce advocate for mental health rights, and community organizer. As an advocate in the community, Jeanette believes that the future of our communities must be grounded in compassion and unity, not fear and division. Jeanette is committed to a vision for raising up a vibrant and well-resourced generation, while caring holistically for the needs of all members of the community. In order to accomplish this vision, Jeannette knows that what West Michigan needs is improved access to mental health care, drastically renewed infrastructure, and access to high quality education for all. Jeanette will work tirelessly for Michigan—to ensure that we have a thriving economy and an inclusive community that is open to all.

www.jeanetteforsenate.com

 
  Heidi Zuniga    Candidate for 88th District State Representative   Heidi is running to effect change at the State level for the 88th district. She is especially passionate about issues related to Education, Health Care, and the Environment. She wants effective and safe public schools available for every student, affordable and quality healthcare available for every citizen, and clean water and a sustainable environment for all generations. She decided to run to effect real change in the 88th district and help heal political divisions by having good conversations in order to represent her entire district.  Heidi was born and raised in Allendale, MI. She attended Allendale Public schools and went on to study aviation at Baker College. Eventually Heidi earned a Bachelor's in Science in psychology from GVSU with a focus in special education. Heidi taught kindergarten, third grade, and special education for middle school for the Reeths-Puffer School District. This experience shaped Heidi's passion for education.    www.zunigaformi.com

Heidi Zuniga

Candidate for 88th District State Representative

Heidi is running to effect change at the State level for the 88th district. She is especially passionate about issues related to Education, Health Care, and the Environment. She wants effective and safe public schools available for every student, affordable and quality healthcare available for every citizen, and clean water and a sustainable environment for all generations. She decided to run to effect real change in the 88th district and help heal political divisions by having good conversations in order to represent her entire district.

Heidi was born and raised in Allendale, MI. She attended Allendale Public schools and went on to study aviation at Baker College. Eventually Heidi earned a Bachelor's in Science in psychology from GVSU with a focus in special education. Heidi taught kindergarten, third grade, and special education for middle school for the Reeths-Puffer School District. This experience shaped Heidi's passion for education.

www.zunigaformi.com

  Jerry Sias    Candidate for 89th District State Representative   Jerry Sias, candidate for the Michigan House 89th District. Jerry was born in Grand Haven, MI. He is a graduate of Grand Haven Senior High. After High School he served 8 years in the U.S. Army and is a decorated Veteran of The Gulf War. Commander of V.F.W. Post 2326 in Grand Haven for two years. Jerry is a member of the I.B.E.W. Brotherhood Local 275 and is the past owner operator of Affordable Electric as a Master Electrician. He studied Electrical Theory at Local 275 and Grand Rapids Community College. Married for 26 years and a father of 2 grown daughters.  “During these vital times in our great state we need Representatives that work together in the interest of all Michiganders. It’s time to invest in our people and deliver common sense legislature”. - Jerry Sias    www.jerrysiasmi89th.com

Jerry Sias

Candidate for 89th District State Representative

Jerry Sias, candidate for the Michigan House 89th District. Jerry was born in Grand Haven, MI. He is a graduate of Grand Haven Senior High. After High School he served 8 years in the U.S. Army and is a decorated Veteran of The Gulf War. Commander of V.F.W. Post 2326 in Grand Haven for two years. Jerry is a member of the I.B.E.W. Brotherhood Local 275 and is the past owner operator of Affordable Electric as a Master Electrician. He studied Electrical Theory at Local 275 and Grand Rapids Community College. Married for 26 years and a father of 2 grown daughters.

“During these vital times in our great state we need Representatives that work together in the interest of all Michiganders. It’s time to invest in our people and deliver common sense legislature”. - Jerry Sias

www.jerrysiasmi89th.com

  Christopher Banks    Candidate for 90th District State Representative   Chris has been a Holland resident for over 26 years. With over 20 years of manufacturing experience Chris has learned the value of a livable wage. Universal health care is necessary. As a graduate of Ross Medical Education Center Chris had the opportunity to see that in action. It takes a team of like-minded individuals to accomplish any measure of success.  Chris believes, we Michiganders deserve better in Lansing. "As your Democratic Candidate for the House, I am on-board to make a positive impact for generations to come who maintain good work ethic. As the son of a single mom, I know what it is to have insufficient funds. I will take a stand for families of all kinds and speak for those who cannot. The quality of our lives matter."     Visit Website

Christopher Banks

Candidate for 90th District State Representative

Chris has been a Holland resident for over 26 years. With over 20 years of manufacturing experience Chris has learned the value of a livable wage. Universal health care is necessary. As a graduate of Ross Medical Education Center Chris had the opportunity to see that in action. It takes a team of like-minded individuals to accomplish any measure of success.

Chris believes, we Michiganders deserve better in Lansing. "As your Democratic Candidate for the House, I am on-board to make a positive impact for generations to come who maintain good work ethic. As the son of a single mom, I know what it is to have insufficient funds. I will take a stand for families of all kinds and speak for those who cannot. The quality of our lives matter."

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  Doug Zylstra    3rd District County Commissioner Candidate   Doug Zylstra is running to represent the city of Holland on the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners. As County Commissioner, his goal is to be a strong voice for City of Holland residents on the Ottawa County Board. He will always keep in mind that principle role is to keep placing Holland's needs and perspectives front and center on the County agenda.     Visit Website

Doug Zylstra

3rd District County Commissioner Candidate

Doug Zylstra is running to represent the city of Holland on the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners. As County Commissioner, his goal is to be a strong voice for City of Holland residents on the Ottawa County Board. He will always keep in mind that principle role is to keep placing Holland's needs and perspectives front and center on the County agenda.

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  Emily Cobbs    4th District County Commissioner Candidate   Emily grew up in Holt, MI, just south of Lansing. She attended Western Michigan University for Mechanical Engineering while also participating in the Bronco Marching Band and the co-ed band service fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi. After college, Emily served in the US Peace Corps in Uganda, East Africa. She taught mathematics, basic computer skills at a teachers’ college. She also integrated English into those subjects to help improve the English of elementary school teachers. Emily currently works as a Production Engineer at LG Chem making batteries for electric cars. She has always held a passion for serving others, and is running for county commissioner to learn about and improve housing, healthcare, and transit systems (among other issues) for all county residents.

Emily Cobbs

4th District County Commissioner Candidate

Emily grew up in Holt, MI, just south of Lansing. She attended Western Michigan University for Mechanical Engineering while also participating in the Bronco Marching Band and the co-ed band service fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi. After college, Emily served in the US Peace Corps in Uganda, East Africa. She taught mathematics, basic computer skills at a teachers’ college. She also integrated English into those subjects to help improve the English of elementary school teachers. Emily currently works as a Production Engineer at LG Chem making batteries for electric cars. She has always held a passion for serving others, and is running for county commissioner to learn about and improve housing, healthcare, and transit systems (among other issues) for all county residents.

Statewide Candidates

Supreme Court: Sam Bagenstos and Megan Cavanagh

Michigan State University Board of Trustees: Brianna Scott and Kelly Tebay

Wayne State University Board of Governors: Bryan Barnhill and Dr. Anil Kumar

University of Michigan Board of Regents: Jordan Acker and Paul Brown

State Board of Education: Judy Pritchett and Tiffany Tilley

US Senate: Debbie Stabenow

Governor: Gretchen Whitmer

Lieutenant Governor: Garlin Gilchrist

Attorney General: Dana Nessel

Secretary of State: Jocelyn Benson

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Today, politicians and lobbyists draw voting maps behind closed doors that directly benefit themselves, instead of putting the interests of voters or communities of Michigan first. Proposal 2 will create a transparent redistricting process with public hearings to allow community organizations and individual voters to participate.

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