When did you decide you wanted to run?
Well, I really started paying attention to what was going on in our state about six years ago. And then, when the Flint water crisis came up, I got closer. But I kept waiting to see if there was any significant movement on the part of the Democrats in the state. That didn’t happen. And I didn’t see the governor doing anything, and that moved me a little bit closer. I finally made up my mind that I was going to do it, probably January of 2016.
Was the Flint water crisis the main thing that got you into the race?
Well no, we have a state with tons of issues, but we have ignored fundamental issues that really impact the overall health of our state. I’ve watched as there’s been this unabated attack on public k-12 education in this state, and the impact that it’s had. I’ve watched us ignore our infrastructure issues, while at the same time we were extending tax breaks to corporations that didn’t need it. And we have provided millions of dollars in corporate welfare and not taking care of the needs of ordinary citizens. I think we have an outrageous tax policy in this state, that always seeks to do the things that need to be done on the backs of individual taxpayers and give those who can most afford it, the people at the top and the corporations, huge tax breaks, and that’s got to stop. And finally, the thing that pretty much pushed me over the edge is watching us say to citizens that we don’t have to guarantee safe clean water to you, but we’re gonna give what amounts to a billion-dollar subsidy to a company like Nestle. At the same time, we haven’t done anything to really abate the citizens in Flint. They’re paying roughly $200 a month for water they can’t use.
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