The summer is a wonderful time to enjoy all that Michigan has to offer including its rich historic heritage! Families are flooding the ferries to travel to the breathtaking Mackinaw Island, driving around Belle Isle for a nice view and the city as well as watching a family movie in their local historic theater.
While families are doing all of those things and more, the Michigan Legislature has started their summer recess. Legislators will likely be out campaigning and meeting with their constituents until session resumes in the fall.
This year is going to be an important election year for all levels of government because everything is up for election. August 5th is the Primary Election and the November 4th is the General Election. Some Incumbent legislators have primary challengers, there are open seats with no incumbent that are being hotly contested and everyone is patiently waiting to see who will come out on top in the August 5th Primary Election.
At the Federal level, one of Michigan’s U.S. Senate seats is up for the taking. U.S. Senator Carl Levin is retiring and Republican Terri Lynn Land, the former Secretary of State, or Democratic Congressman Gary Peters will fill his shoes. Currently, it is a tight race in the polls but is showing that Peters has the lead. Michigan’s 14 U.S. House seats will all be contested by both parties as well.
At the State level, Republican Governor Snyder is being challenged by Democrat Mark Schauer. Their main focus will be winning the November General election. That race is fairly close as well, but is showing that incumbent Governor Snyder has the lead.
The Michigan House and Senate races are all underway too. There are many hotly contested races all over the state. The Frederick Group has scheduled dates all throughout this summer where we will be out volunteering for numerous candidates. These volunteer days build new friendships and strengthen
our relationships with the existing legislators for MHPN’s benefit.
This fall is expected to be an important time for Historic Preservation. MHPN, along with the Frederick Group, will be pushing our agenda in Lansing to benefit historic preservation. One part of our fall agenda, Senate Bills 21 & 22, will be to enact these two bills that will protect historic properties in Downtown Development Authority districts from improper demolition and codify the State Historic Preservation Office.
As you are enjoying that summer barbeque, reflecting on the beauty of Mackinac Island, and visiting your local historic theater, please remember to vote on August 5th so we can help elect candidates who care about bringing new life to Michigan’s historic neighborhoods.… It’s about main street remaining a good place to shop … It’s about historic farmsteads and lighthouses, factories and churches being vital parts of Michigan’s landscape … It’s about choosing how your community grows and changes … Most of all, it’s about you getting involved.
Please contact us if you would like to volunteer with the MHPN public policy committee, have any questions or if we can be of service!
The Frederick Group
216 N. Chestnut (yes, it’s a historic building!)
Lansing, MI 48933
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