Karen Garvey (D)

Background:

Karen Garvey is a Democrat running for election to represent District 70 in the Michigan House of Representatives.

Garvey is a lifelong resident of Edmore and graduated from Montabella Community Schools. After high school, Garvey attended Central Michigan University. She spent 34 years working in public education, and was elected as trustee of the Home Township Library Board.

Garvey and her husband Richard have three adult children and three grandsons. To learn more, check out her campaign website. 

Endorsements:

AFSCME Council 25

UAW

ATF

MEA

AFL-CIO

Planned Parenthood of Michigan

Issues:

Education:  “As a teacher currently involved in providing distance learning and assisting staff in meeting the needs of struggling students, I feel uniquely qualified to assist in working on these issues legislatively.” Garvey’s education goals include making sure standards of quality for education are not reduced and that the needs of special learners are met by all public schools.

Health and Welfare: “The availability and delivery of meals is essential for our seniors who have relied on congregate meals in the past. Human contact by phone or video are important to maintain social connections and diminish depression and a sense of isolation.” Garvey wants to promote broadband access and improve communication technologies, expand medical transit services, provide greater access to telehealth systems, and develop an oversight program for facilities serving at-rick populations.

Farmers & Small Business Owners: “The state can work to protect credit and finance options, to reduce burdensome regulation, to promote the use of local businesses and farm products.” Garvey supports improving credit/finance protections for owners of small farms, promote local markets and field-to-table programs, and encouraging student participation in school-to-work programs, mentoring, career centers and technical skills that support agriculture and agribusinesses.

Top Donors (as of Sept. 21):

Pete Frye

Janice Wheelock

Mike Huckleberry

Grace Peterson

Diane Brissette

*Donor information comes from transparencyusa.org.