Republicans Seeking Michigan’s 105th District Seat Answer Questions

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GAYLORD — Ahead of the Aug. 2 primary election, the Gaylord Herald Times will publish profiles of candidates for contested positions in Otsego County and at the state level.

Featured today are the Republican candidates for the newly redesigned state House of Representatives 105th District. The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission eliminated Antrim and Charlevoix counties from the district and added southern counties such as Crawford and Roscommon.

Republicans vying for the nomination as their party’s 105th district nominee include incumbent Ken Borton of Gaylord. He will face fellow GOPers Mark McFarlin of Grayling, Kim Morley of Roscommon and Diane Randall of Houghton Lake Heights. The winner will face Democrat Adam Wojdan of Frederic in November.

The Herald Times was unable to obtain McFarlin’s contact information, so his responses will not appear.

All candidates received the same three questions. The Herald Times reserves the right to edit contestants’ responses to accommodate space, grammar, and style guidelines from The Associated Press.

Ken Borton

In no more than two paragraphs, please describe your background (educational success, work history, etc.) and if you hold the position, indicate how long you have held the position.

For the past 44 years I have owned and operated a property management company. I earned a degree in Advanced Biblical Studies from Liberty University and a Certificate in Bible Counseling. I served as Otsego County Commissioner for 10 years, serving the last six years as Chairman of the Board. I am past president of the Northern Michigan Counties Association, past president of the Association of Michigan Counties in Lansing, and served on the board of directors for the National Association of Counties in Washington DC. I was elected State Representative for the 105th District in 2019. I am married, have two daughters and five grandchildren. I am a member of the E-Free Church in Gaylord.

What are the biggest challenges facing the state today and what can the state government do better?

The biggest challenge for Michigan residents is inflation. The cost of gas and groceries has increased dramatically and is hitting everyone’s wallet hard. We cannot force families to choose between the food they need to feed their children or the gas they need to get to work to support their families.

The Michigan Legislature passed numerous tax cuts and breaks to help put money back in everyone’s pockets. The gas tax break is responsible because it will provide relief at the pump and the tax cuts are essential because they provide permanent relief. I will continue to give back to the people of Michigan the money the government took.

Did Joe Biden win Michigan and the presidential election in 2020?

The Michigan Board of State Solicitors has certified Michigan election results declaring Joe Biden the winner of Michigan’s electoral votes for President of the United States.

While this certification has taken place, many Michigan residents have questions about our election process and want to make sure their vote counts in the upcoming election. I have worked with my colleagues to adopt common sense measures to ensure the integrity of our electoral system, including strengthening voter identification requirements. I will continue to work to ensure that our elections are free and fair and that people can trust the results.

Kim Morley

In no more than two paragraphs, please describe your background (educational success, work history, etc.) and if you hold the position, indicate how long you have held the position.

Morley brings more than 30 years of healthcare leadership combined with experience in small business ownership and nonprofit management. She currently serves on the board of the Munson Health Care System and chairs the Munson Grayling Community Health Council. Previously, she served for nine years, including three as chairperson, on the Roscommon Area Public School District School Board. Morley is a 2013 graduate of the Michigan Political Leadership Program and Ambassador of the Great Lakes Bay Region Alliance Leadership Program. Kim and her husband, Bill Morley, are the owners of Pioneer Hills Marine in Roscommon. Their son, Branden, attends Roscommon High School.

She previously served as CEO of the Michigan Health Information Alliance and graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in corporate health.

What are the biggest challenges facing the state today and what can the state government do better?

The biggest challenge we face revolves around our lack of financial accountability. Spending money on “needs” before taking care of “needs” causes an increase in the budget, therefore an increase in our taxes. We cannot meet health care, education or infrastructure needs without careful management of our budget. I believe that we represent the people and less government is needed. Let’s stop the political games and work together to solve the big problems. My goal is to serve on the appropriations and hold Lansing accountable for our taxes.

Did Joe Biden win Michigan and the presidential election in 2020?

I am not convinced that all ballots were as legitimate as we were told. To avoid this, let’s have representatives in Lansing who will not award funds to a Secretary of State to change our election laws and deal with our tax dollars.

Diane Randall

In no more than two paragraphs, please describe your background (educational success, work history, etc.) and if you hold the position, indicate how long you have held the position.

I have served the residents of Roscommon Township as a supervisor for 25 years and am licensed as a Michigan Advanced Assessor. Past positions include president of the Michigan Townships Association, president of the Houghton Lake Sewer Authority, and president of the Houghton Lake Building Authority. Currently, I am vice president of the Houghton Lake Ambulance Authority and vice president of the Michigan Townships Participating Plan.

My husband (Steve) and I are both graduates of Houghton Lake High School and have been married since 1981. We raised our two children here and we own and operate two successful businesses, Randall Collision and Wild’s True Value Hardware store. I have a strong work ethic and value customer service. These qualities, along with my experience and great pride in Northern Michigan, are what I will bring to Lansing.

What are the biggest challenges facing the state today and what can the state government do better?

Inflation, skyrocketing gas prices at the pump, lack of affordable housing, shrinking workforce and public school programs are just some of the major issues facing families, seniors, business owners and veterans today here in Michigan. Yet Lansing lawmakers continue to spend money as if they were printing it on Capitol Hill. We need to reduce property taxes and make them fair and equitable for all property owners and businesses. No additional funding in the budget should ever be allowed without solid justification and a realistic review of each line item in the budget to see where cuts need to be made. Were there cuts to the recently passed $76.9 billion state budget deal? Here in northern Michigan, we’re cutting back, Lansing too.

Did Joe Biden win Michigan and the presidential election in 2020?

Joe Biden has been declared President of the United States. I certainly didn’t vote for him and I think the only way for Michiganders to have confidence in the outcome of the upcoming presidential election is to shred the roster of qualified voters after the November 2022 election and have everyone brings his driver’s license or identity card to his premises. election official and re-register. I would vote to allocate funds to help local municipalities create new, accurate voters lists. It’s an absolute mess right now and the election clerks need legislation that allows them to delete the names of people who never voted and then every eight years when you need to renew your driver’s license or /and your identity card, then you must re-register. vote.

Kim Morley GOP candidate for 105
Diane Randall GOP candidate for 105
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