Saturday, May 26, 2012

"You will find we have more in common than you think."

My name is Gerry Welling, and I am running for State Representative in Michigan’s 78th district.  The honest and hard-working people of Southwest Michigan need someone of the same character who truly represents their interests in the Statehouse, and I am that person.  I will be running as a Democrat, though were it an option, I would have run as an American, as that is a label that I accept wholeheartedly.

My wife and I have made our home in Niles, where we are raising five children ranging in age from 1 to 21.  I’ve spent 35 of my 40 years right here in the Michiana area, where I’m currently employed as a fire and life-safety inspector.  I am not a politician – in fact my degree is in English – but I do possess reason and common sense, and those are two things we need more of in government these days.  I plan on bringing those and many other qualities to bear for the people of District 78, and together I believe we can change the landscape in Lansing.  Three things topping my long list of priorities:  making our education system the pride of the state, making the area more attractive to business through a balanced and fair incentive package, and leaving a little more money in everyone’s pockets each month by re-thinking and reviewing outdated laws and regulations.

As my firmly conservative father said when we were discussing me running for this office, “You will find we have more in common than you think.”  He was right, and using that statement as my motto, I intend to make this district a leader in the great State of Michigan.  We need to focus on the things that unite us, remove obstacles to achieving our goals, and set our minds to making Michigan a destination – for business, for tourism, and for good families looking for an exceptional place to raise their children.