Glenn wants lower insurance rates, taxes, better reading scores
By John Kennett
Midland Daily News - Oct. 20, 2018
A jam-packed room in the MCTV studios at the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library witnessed a forum between the two candidates for the 98th State House District. Republican Annette Glenn and Democrat Sarah Schulz answered questions Tuesday brought forth by the League of Women Voters of the Midland Area. Below are Glenn's answers.
The 98th District seat represents the city of Midland, six townships in Midland County, and seven townships in Bay County. Election day is Nov. 6.
If elected, Glenn's priorities would concentrate on lowering insurance rates, increasing literacy for third-graders and a rollback of the 2007 temporary income tax.
Having served on Capitol Hill in her 20s and the wife of present 98th House Rep. Gary Glenn, Annette said she would bring experience to Lansing.
"I will be ready to start in Lansing the day I get there," Glenn said. "I'm familiar with the Legislative process, familiar with our constituents. This district is unique."
A native of Idaho, Glenn earned a bachelor's degree in public administration from Boise State University, where she served as chair of the BSU College Republicans.
"As a long time church, community and standing volunteer, I've had plenty of time to volunteer at Shelterhouse, Midland Blooms, serve as treasurer for any number of youth groups," Glenn said. "Scouting was one of my favorite groups. We have four Eagle Scouts and a daughter who is married to an infantryman."
She has received endorsements from U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, Michigan Sen. Jim Stamas and Midland County Board Chair Mark Bone.
"Lowering auto insurance rates, literacy for third-graders and a rollback of the 2007 temporary income tax."
"High auto insurance rates are impacting families and keeping families from living here," she said. "It's important if we can't teach our third-graders and get them ready for fourth grade, we have not prepared them."
Glenn stated that representatives are limited in what they can accomplish in a two-year term.
"We should focus on things that can actually be accomplished in two years. I look for things that can make a difference in everything else. Small changes increase everything," she said.
Pre-K to grade 12
Both candidates would like to see revenues from the Michigan School Aid Fund be devoted entirely to K-12 instead of being diverted to higher education.
Glenn would like to see at-risk funds go to at-risk schools.
"Midland received $500,000 for at-risk students for the first time. But, that is half of what Midland actually needs. A lot of those funds were used for reading. Reading is such a key issue that helps with math, geography and everything else," she said.
Funding public/private education
Glenn would be supportive of tax dollars going with the child.
"Not every child is a cookie cutter and not everything fits for the same child in the same place," she said. "For our five children, we used every single option that was available to get them the education they each needed."
She would also eliminate Common Core, a set of national education standards.
Health care priorities
"We had a son that needed an EpiPen. Often when the government mandates things, prices change dramatically. We used to be able to buy an EpiPen for $40. Once it was mandated, that insurance cover it, the price went up to $400."
Proposal 1 - Recreational marijuana
"I am not supportive. I have been watching Colorado very closely and the numbers I'm seeing out of there are a lot concerning, a 33 percent increase in police, fire and foster care. I have concerns about our kids. How are the kids going to be able to tell if the Gummy Bears are laced with marijuana?"
Proposal 2 - Redistricting
"It looks like the Secretary of State will be drawing the lines for the 110 districts in the House. To me, that looks like less control."
Proposal 3 - Voters' rights
"There are some great things in there. But there are some things that I'm concerned about. Ballot security is my No. 1 concern. People being able to show up without citizenship or residency and then having it checked after voting, I just think that is ripe for fraud."
Three changes to make Michigan a better place to live
By Annette Glenn
Midland Daily News – July 24, 2018
Republican primary voters on Aug. 7 will choose their nominee for the state House seat representing Midland and other parts of Bay and Midland counties.
Thanks for this opportunity to share my thoughts on Michigan's future and to ask for your vote.
I'm a mother of five and grandmother of six. For your family's sake, and mine, I'm focused on how we can best ensure we'll have the healthy economy and job market that allows our children to live, work, and raise their families here, with us.
Three reforms top my list to make Michigan's economy stronger and more attractive:
*A decade ago, Gov. Jennifer Granholm and a Democratic House "temporarily" -- they promised us -- raised Michigan's income tax, taking more money from working families. I support repealing that income tax increase. As President Donald Trump's income tax cuts have proven -- drawing on reforms first proposed by Dave Camp -- leaving more money with individual families and job creators will result in economic expansion and a surge of new jobs.
*Michigan has the lowest K-3 reading scores in the nation. Unless we improve the quality of our education system, families and businesses will locate elsewhere. Funding for public schools has increased to record highs every year under our Republican governor and Legislature, but too many of our children still don't learn the most fundamental skill: reading. I've talked at length with the director of the Bay City Dyslexia Center and other reading experts on strategies to ensure every child learns to read, and teachers have the resources they need to teach reading.
*Michigan has the highest auto insurance rates in America. A bipartisan coalition of House members this year fell just short of winning enough votes to reform the no-fault catastrophic care system that makes us the only state in the nation to provide unlimited lifetime benefits to victims of severe car accidents. I support allowing drivers to choose varying levels of coverage and lifetime benefits to bring down our insurance costs.
Finally, I'm the only candidate of either party who is endorsed by Right to Life of Michigan and believes the promise of the Declaration of Independence that every prenatal child is endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, including the right to life, since the right to liberty and pursuit of happiness are meaningless without the first right, life.
These are passions I'll take to Lansing if you allow me that opportunity.
Annette Glenn is a Republican candidate in the Aug. 7 primary election for the 98th District of the Michigan House. She is opposed by Carl Hamann. The unopposed Democratic candidate is Sarah Schulz.
Annette Glenn talks about 98th House seat
By John Kennett
Midland Daily News - July 16, 2018
The League of Women Voters of the Midland Area (LWV) recently hosted its annual candidate forum. Participating were two Republican primary candidates for the 98th State House: Annette Glenn and Carl Hamann.
Moderated by LWV President Katherine Redwine, the forum was held at MCTV studios in the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library.
The winner of the Aug. 7 primary election will face Democratic candidate Sarah Schulz during the Nov. 6 general election.
The 98th District encompasses the towns of Midland, Auburn and Pinconning. It also includes Homer, Jerome, Larkin, Lee, Lincoln and Midland townships in Midland County along with Beaver, Fraser, Garfield, Gibson, Mount Forest, Pinconning and Williams townships in Bay County.
Although the primary will be Glenn's first attempt at public office, she has a vast background in politics going all the way back to high school.
"In high school, I knocked on doors for a gubernatorial candidate," said Glenn, who holds a bachelor's degree in public administration.
Inspired by President Ronald Reagan, Glenn served as college Republican chair at Boise State University, state chair of College Republicans and was elected as vice-chair of the College Republican National Committee.
She served as state chair of Youth for Reagan in 1984 and was elected county Republican Party chair at age 23. She also served a state Senate internship while in college and attended the 1984 Republican National Convention that nominated Reagan for his second term.
"I found that I could really make a difference and could solve problems," Glenn said. "I loved the process and really enjoyed it."
Before raising her five children, Glenn worked on the staff in the U.S. House of Representatives and managed campaigns for Congress, lieutenant governor, state supreme court, and multiple state house and senate campaigns. She was also a paid staff member of former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole's presidential campaign.
Glenn would give more control to schools on the local level.
"I think our local schools have a great feel for what their students need and how to prepare them best," she said.
Training skilled workers would also be a priority for Glenn, who would like to see more apprenticeships or co-ops.
"We actually have 108,000 jobs in Michigan that we don't have the skilled people to fill them," she said.
Glenn believes that the best way to increase voter participation is to increase the interaction between voters and candidates, especially going door-to-door.
Unlike her primary opponent, Glenn has concerns over electronic voting.
"I don't think we have the technology to have ballot security," she said.
Tax incentives for businesses
Rather than tax incentives for businesses, Glenn would like to see the state do a better job of marketing.
"I know a lot of people that have transferred and they are looking for good housing, good schools and good environments," she said. "I'm not sure that Michigan has done a great job of selling itself. So often, people that are transferred to Midland are surprised at this wonderful gem that they would never have imagined existed in Michigan."
She would look at lowering the income tax rate for residents.
"We had a temporary increase that is still there. I would definitely support rolling that back," Glenn said. "I would support opening our energy policy so that we would have lower rates for both individuals and businesses. It is the single largest cost in manufacturing for Dow."
Two other priorities would be lowering insurance rates and improving reading skills by the third grade.
"Michigan has the highest insurance rates in the country and we have the lowest reading skills at grade 3. I think until we reverse those and we have lower insurance rates and our kids are learning to read, I don't know if we are going to be able to grow like we should," she said.
Availability for constituents
Glenn has a listed phone number and would schedule open office hours along with hosting coffee discussions throughout the district.
"One of the things that I have loved is knocking on doors," she said. "I made a decision in the last couple of weeks, that if elected, I want to be out meeting people at their doorstep and listening to what they want to tell me."