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.
By John Kennett, Midland Daily News
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."
For more information on Glenn's candidacy, visit: AnnetteGlenn.com
Midland, Mich. -- Republican candidate for state representative Annette Glenn has been endorsed by Right to Life of Michigan PAC, Glenn announced Monday.
"I carried and gave birth to five children, each of them a miracle of God's creation," Glenn said. "I'm all the more blessed to have held our six grandchildren in my arms. In the campaign for the state House seat representing parts of Bay and Midland counties, where I raised my children over the last twenty years, I am humbled to be the only candidate of either party endorsed by Right to Life of Michigan PAC."
The Right to Life endorsement is typically a staple of Republican politics, but Glenn's Republican primary opponent Carl Hamann -- who ran for partisan office three times as a Democrat before switching to the GOP primary this year -- did not receive the endorsement.
Democratic candidate Sarah Schulz also will not receive a Right to Life endorsement. Her Linked-In profile indicates that before moving to Midland seven years ago, she was employed by the Center for Reproductive Rights, an international abortion "rights" group in New York City.
"Our district is pro-life, and pro-life voters have a clear choice between candidates in the Republican primary in August, and again in the general election this November," Glenn said.
For a couple of months now, the assumption has been that Annette Glenn would enter the race for the 98th State House District. That has now happened as the 54-year-old announced she will be a Republican candidate.
Glenn, whose campaign theme will be "Energy and Optimism for Michigan's Future," said she hopes to be judged first by her qualifications, knowledge, and decades of experience in business, community activities, and government affairs, but believes this year, women will have a strong presence in the race for the 98th seat.
"While it would be an honor to be the first woman to represent the city of Midland in the state House of Representatives, I will not ask any voter to support my candidacy based solely on the fact that I'm a woman," Glenn said in a prepared statement. "No one can dispute, however, that women are vastly underrepresented numerically in the Legislature, and particularly at a time of intense focus on school safety, sexual abuse, and the need for greater civility in politics, I can offer a competent, professional woman's perspective that I believe will be a valuable contribution to the legislative process in Lansing."
The 98th district seat represents the city of Midland, six townships in Midland County, and seven townships in Bay County. If Glenn wins the primary and the general election in November, she would succeed her husband, state Rep. Gary Glenn, who serves as chairman of the House Energy Policy Committee and is vacating the seat to run for the state senate.
"Politically, since it appears the Democratic candidate for this seat will be a co-founder of the extremely liberal new women's group in Midland, I'm the Republican candidate who can most effectively neutralize any advantage she might otherwise have among female voters," Glenn said.
Glenn said, if elected she will focus on bringing higher-paying new jobs to the Great Lakes Bay region, an issue she believes will be largely driven by the state's energy and tax policies.
"Energy is the single biggest cost of doing business for DowDuPont in Midland, for agricultural processing activities in Bay County, and for the biggest single consumer of electricity in Michigan a few miles south of us, Hemlock Semiconductor," Glenn said.
Glenn said she will benefit from the firsthand exposure to the legislative process she experienced during her husband's chemotherapy treatments in 2016 for cancer, now in remission, when she drove Gary to Lansing each week for five months, attended committee meetings and sat with him during legislative sessions on the House floor.
Education is also a high priority for the mother of five children who said she is pro-life and pro-child. She believes that ensuring quality educational and other opportunities for all children is not only a moral and social obligation but a key element in economic development.
Glenn said she will also be committed to ensuring Michigan veterans receive the gratitude and benefits they earned in service to our country.
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.
For more information: AnnetteGlenn.com
Midland, Mich. -- Annette Glenn was a high school state champion sprinter. Her father was a four-event state champion, and her grandfather qualified for the Olympics. Annette has been comfortable all her life running -- and winning -- highly competitive races.
Wednesday, the 54 year old Midland area Republican announced that she will run this year in the GOP primary election in August for the state House of Representatives seat representing the city of Midland, six adjacent townships in Midland County, and seven predominantly rural townships in Bay County. If Glenn wins the primary in August and the general election in November, she would succeed her husband, state Rep. Gary Glenn, who serves as chairman of the House Energy Policy Committee and is vacating the seat to run for the state Senate.
Annette -- whose campaign theme will be "Energy and Optimism for Michigan's Future" -- said she hopes to be judged first by her qualifications, knowledge, and decades of experience in business, community activities, and government affairs, but she said she would be remiss not to recognize the unusual political climate this year in which she believes women will prove to be particularly effective and successful candidates.
"While it would be an honor to be the first woman to represent the city of Midland in the state House of Representatives, I will not ask any voter to support my candidacy based solely on the fact that I'm a woman," Glenn said. "No one can dispute, however, that women are vastly underrepresented numerically in the Legislature, and particularly at a time of intense focus on school safety, sexual abuse, and the need for greater civility in politics, I can offer a competent, professional woman's perspective that I believe will be a valuable contribution to the legislative process in Lansing."
"Politically, since it appears the Democratic candidate for this seat will be a co-founder of the extremely liberal new women's group in Midland, I’m the Republican candidate who can most effectively neutralize any advantage she might otherwise have among female voters," Glenn said. "An experienced Republican woman will be more representative of the mainstream conservative values shared by the overwhelming majority of men and women alike in Bay and Midland counties."
Glenn said if elected, she will focus on bringing higher-paying new jobs to the Great Lakes Bay region, an issue she believes will be largely driven by the state's energy and tax policies.
"Energy is the single biggest cost of doing business for Dow Chemical in Midland, for agricultural processing activities in Bay County, and for the biggest single consumer of electricity in Michigan a few miles south of us, Hemlock Semiconductor," she said. "If we want Michigan to be more competitive and attractive for keeping the jobs we already have and for creating the new jobs we need in mid-Michigan to support our families, we can't continue to have the highest electricity rates in the Midwest. We have to have more competitive energy costs."
Education is also a high priority for Glenn. A mother of five children who between them graduated from or attended Midland High School, Bay City Western High School, Calvary Baptist Academy, and Delta College, and a grandmother of six, Annette said she is not only pro-life but pro-child and believes ensuring quality educational and other opportunities for all children is not only a moral and social obligation but a key element in economic development.
For example, she said she will work to protect the new $500,000 which Midland Public Schools received for the first time this budget year -- specifically earmarked to help "at risk" students -- and she wants schools to be more aggressive about addressing reading proficiency, including providing the specialized instruction that will assist students who suffer from dyslexia.
The daughter and daughter-in-law of World War II veterans, wife of an Army National Guard veteran in the Gulf War era, and the mother-in-law of an active duty U.S. Army infantry sergeant, Annette said she will also be committed to ensuring Michigan veterans receive the gratitude and benefits they earned in service to our country. "The last thing I did before announcing my candidacy was spend a week helping care for my 91 year old father, who was a Navy Seabee in World War II, who I love and am so proud of. For me, caring for our veterans is an issue of the heart."
She said she's never forgotten the inspiration she felt working for President Reagan's campaign over three decades ago, and that the principles he championed still inspire her. "I have a proven track record of conservative leadership in standing up for limited government, lower taxes, individual freedom, and the strong family values that make our home and quality of life here in mid-Michigan so special, something it will be my duty to protect."
She also brings an impressive resume of credentials and experience to the race.
A native of Idaho, she ran NCAA Division I track while earning a bachelors degree in Public Administration from Boise State University, where she served as chair of the BSU College Republicans, state C.R. chair, and national vice chair of the College Republican National Committee. She was the only female member of a College Republican delegation to an international conservative youth conference in Africa in the 1980s, besting her male companions with the highest marksmanship score during their visit to the rifle range at a South African Air Force base.
She served as a student intern in the Idaho state Senate and later as a full-time Congressional staffer in Washington, D.C. In 1984, she served as state chair of Youth for Reagan and attended the Republican National Convention that nominated President Ronald Reagan for his second term. At age 23, she was elected Republican Party chair in the state's largest population county, home to the state capital, and also served on the state Republican Party executive committee. She managed campaigns for Congress, Lt. Governor, state Supreme Court, and multiple state House and Senate races before setting politics aside when her third child was born.
After moving to Larkin Township in 1998, Annette -- whose husband and all four sons are Eagle Scouts -- has served as a local Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader for nearly twenty years. She volunteered for Probate Judge Doreen Allen's judicial campaign and has also served as a Republican precinct delegate in Midland County. She has also served as a volunteer for Midland’s Fleet Feet youth track program and the Midland Flames youth basketball team.
Annette said voters can trust that she has a strong work ethic. She started her first job at age eight, working in her father's dental office. By the time she entered high school, she was working three jobs and has paid her own way ever since. She and her husband are in the process of selling a restaurant they’ve owned since 2006 and have other commercial real estate investments, plus have worked as public relations consultants and non-profit volunteers over several decades. For the last two years, based on her knowledge and experience, Annette has served on the board of directors of a demographic data analytics and marketing think tank headquartered near Washington, D.C.
Annette said as a candidate, she will benefit from the firsthand exposure to the legislative process she experienced during her husband’s chemotherapy treatments in 2016 for cancer, now in remission, when she drove Gary to Lansing each week for five months, attending committee meetings and sitting with him during legislative sessions on the House floor.
She said during that five months, she gained in-depth knowledge about energy policy and other legislative issues while developing relationships and trust with legislators – including future legislative leaders -- who will be in their final terms after the 2018 election and with whom she will serve if elected. As an indication of that trust, she was asked by Speaker of the House Tom Leonard's office after the 2016 election to help conduct orientation briefings for the spouses of newly-elected Republican lawmakers.
Glenn's husband Gary said last year that Annette “would be both a formidable candidate and eminently qualified to serve if she ever chose to do so."
Annette Glenn has chosen to do so, and her latest race has begun.
For more information: AnnetteGlenn.com.