Professor announces candidacy as Democrat in 107th Michigan House race
Suzanne Shumway, a professor at North Central Michigan College, will be running as a Democrat in the Aug. 7, 2012 primary. (Courtesy Photo)
Suzanne Shumway, of Petoskey, announced Thursday she will be entering the 2012 race for the 107th House District as a Democrat. The seat is currently held by freshman Rep. Frank Foster, R-Petoskey.
"I believe in creating community ties and local action as an alternative to the big business model of government that has become prevalent in Lansing," said Shumway, who has worked in higher education for 25 years. "I hope to raise the level of community participation in local and state government. Citizens need to take an active role in governance."
Shumway says she will run on education, jobs, veterans affairs and the environment as her top platform issues.
"I feel like it is time to have people serve in office that are not career politicians," Shumway told the News-Review during a recent interview. "I love my career, but I also feel that it is a matter of civic duty to serve one's turn. I feel I can help more if I take this short break from teaching, so we actually have someone in the Legislature who understands education and what the cuts they are making will do long-term."
Shumway is expected to face Jim Martin, a Sault Ste Marie teacher who has yet to formally announce his candidacy, in the Aug. 7 primary for the Democratic nomination.
An official kickoff for Shumway will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, at Northern Lights Recreation on M-119, in Harbor Springs, where she will discuss her platform more in depth. The event is open to the public.
More information about the campaign can be found at www.suzanneshumway.com or at her Facebook page.