Blue vs. Red
Adam Zemke ran for a seat on the county board in 2010, losing to Rob Turner in the heavily Republican first district. He says he's trying for the state house now because "we are on a perilous course economically in Michigan"--Zemke says he "can't think of one thing I've been happy about" that the state legislature has done. "They've passed multimillion-dollar tax cuts for business and raised taxes on the middle class. There needs to be a more equal distribution of the tax burden."
If the reshaped Fifty-Fifth proves to be as blue as expected, Zemke will soon have a chance to express those views in person. If elected, he says, he'll bring "Washtenaw County values to Lansing, believing in economic development, in a high quality of life, in equal opportunity, in human services. In Washtenaw County, people tend to be forward-thinking, and willing to do what we need to do to continue moving forward."
[Originally published in November, 2012.]