Blue vs. Red
"I'm one of three freshman who chair committees--mine is the intergovernmental committee--and we passed more bipartisan [legislation] out of our committee than any other," the incumbent adds. "I was voted 'legislator of the year' by the nonpartisan Michigan Township Association for the way I chaired the committee."
Gretchen Driskell came to Saline from New York in 1988. Four years later she was on city council, and six years after that she was mayor, a job she's held ever since. Since it's not a full-time position, she's also worked as a commercial Realtor.
Like her opponent, Driskell touts her accomplishments. "In Saline, we have businesses that come to town because we're a place people want to live because of our excellent school system and infrastructure. We're recognized for working with businesses, and what we're doing here could be used as a model for what can be done elsewhere in the state."
Driskell blasts the Republican legislature's economic policies: "Their cuts to education and communities and infrastructure are not sustainable. We're going to have schools and communities that are going to go bankrupt. And this is not the time to be cutting revenues by cutting taxes on businesses and eliminating personal property taxes.