Jerry Hilliard (D)

Background:

Jerry Hilliard is a Democratic candidate running for election to the U.S. House to represent Michigan’s 4th Congressional District. Hilliard grew up in Harrison and graduated from Harrison High School. Hilliard attended Central Michigan University, where he earned his B.S. in business education, physical education, and biology. He then went on to earn his MBA from the University of Michigan – Flint, as well as a M.S. in sports administration from CMU.

Hilliard worked for Nabisco Inc. from 1980 until 1992. He then went on to teach at public schools in Whittemore-Prescott, Flint and Centreville, Virginia. Additionally, Hilliard taught economics and business at Mid-Michigan Community College and Lansing Community College. Hilliard suspended his teaching career to enter the race to represent Michigan’s 4th Congressional District in 2018, but was ultimately lost in the general election to incumbent John Moolenaar. For more information, check out his campaign website.

Endorsements:

UAW

MEA

AFL-CIO

AFT Michigan

United Steelworkers

Public Policy Institute COGIC

Issues:

The Economy: “The main key to rebuilding the middle class and giving more citizens opportunities to pull themselves out of poverty is wages must rise faster than prices, which we have done in the past. That is how the middle class was created and the only way to raise standard of living from the bottom up.” Hilliard lists rebuilding the middle class as a key economic issue. He believes in creating a minimum wage that is a living wage adjusted for inflation and strong unions.

Health Care: “I would vote for any healthcare bill that improves our healthcare system and lowers cost to working families. However I believe Medicare for all is the quickest and least expensive route to take.” Hilliard is a strong support of Medicare-for-All, and says making sure younger generations have coverage will help lower the average cost per patient.

The Environment: “I pledge to work with the excellent environmental experts in the field both from the 4th District and nationally, to make significant progress in improving the environment we depend on by 2030 at the latest.” Hilliard says he believes in consulting with experts from Central Michigan University, Saginaw Valley State University, Ferris State University and others in the private sector to solve local environmental problems. He states his main policy agenda would to “block all subsidies to any corporation that is not at least a net positive in their impact on the environment. The only way to get a business to listen is through the pocketbook!”

Education: “An exceptional educational system, focused on areas of present and future needs for everyone, creates jobs and income.” Hilliard believes Michigan should invest in tech infrastructure in order to educate students for tech jobs to prepare them for future technology-based jobs in the 4th Congressional District. He also says local schools need to be financially supported at the federal level.

Gun Control: “I support common sense gun policy as championed by Mom’s Demand Action. I do not want to take all weapons away, just some simple, well enforced safety regulations as we do other dangerous machinery.”

Top Donors:

Jerome C. Hilliard

Dr. John Garlick

Lansing Community College

Mid Michigan Community College

*Donor information comes from opensecrets.org. Please note: The organizations themselves did not donate, rather the money came from the organizations’ PACs, their individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals’ immediate families.