63rd District candidates in crowded state House race get specific on priorities

63rd District candidates in crowded state House race get specific on priorities

For several candidates running for state representative in Michigan’s new 63rd District, there may not be a lengthy policy wish list to tackle if they win. But when asked, goals in shared areas — be it business, agriculture or local water resources — begin to emerge on both sides of the aisle. Two familiar faces, Kelly Noland and Jamie Murray, are competing for the district’s Democratic nod in the Aug. 2 primary, while two sitting St. Clair County elected officials and a Macomb County Trump supporter are vying on the Republican side. The primary winners will square off in the November general election. The 63rd largely replaces parts of the current 32nd and 81st House districts. In St. Clair County, it encompasses Clay, China, Cottrellville, East China, and Ira townships, as well as Algonac, Marine City, and St. Clair, and also Casco Township south of Lindsay Road. It also covers a portion of eastern Macomb County, including the Chesterfield area, where Republican newcomer Jacky Eubanks hails from. In August, she’ll face St. Clair County Clerk Jay DeBoyer and Algonac City Councilman Jake Skarbek. A former staffer for the last Trump presidential campaign and an election worker, according to her campaign website and social media, Eubanks regularly proliferates unfounded claims about widespread fraud in the 2020 election results. In addition to election reform, she cites issues with discussions about race and gender identification in schools, mask and vaccine mandates, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, and more, as part of her platform. After […]

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