BY ELIZABETH COBB, Staff Writer

As I hope many of you know already, last week, on Nov. 4, elections were held across the country, including of course, right here in Michigan. This was actually my first election, so I was sure to register and do my research prior to my vote. It was a very exciting day for me, and hopefully many of you.

It was a pretty big election for Michigan, maybe not the biggest, but pretty important—governor, senator, state representative, wolf’s rights—this year was crazy.

Just in case you didn’t catch the election’s results:

  • Senate
    The US Majority: Republican
    Michigan: Gary Peters, Democrat
  • Governor & Lieutenant Governor
    The US: Republican
    Michigan: Rick Snyder/Brian N. Calley, Republican
  • Secretary of State
    Ruth Johnson, Republican
  • Attorney General

Bill Schuette, Republican

  • Proposals 14-1 & 14-2

Designated Wolf Hunting Season: No (55%)
Wolf as Fair Hunting Game: No (64%)

  • For results more specific to your area, visit:

Oakland County
http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/MI/Oakland/54212/147497/en/summary.html

Wayne County
http://www.waynecounty.com/clerk/1609.htm

Macomb County
http://www.macombcountymi.gov/clerksoffice/electiondept.htm

Washtenaw County

http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/clerk_register/elections

Monroe County

http://www.co.monroe.mi.us/government/departments_offices/clerks/elections.html

What does this all mean for the state of Michigan? Although we may not always think about it, a shift in political office really does affect everyone. I sought out many students on campus about their political views and whether or not they voted, and I was very surprised about how few people take the time to vote. So, here is some brief information on the stance of our most recent and general political officials:

Senator Gary Peters says that he not only supports fair trade, but also plans to work very hard to bring back jobs to Michigan from out of the country, and hold those companies accountable for outsourcing Michigan’s jobs. He apparently helped bring the Ford Focus from Mexico back to Wayne County plants. Peters also voted for the Farm Bill, which works closely with the Michigan Corn Grower’s Association, and plans to strongly support Michigan’s agricultural economy. Peters returned $500,000 to the government last year to reduce the deficit, and supports the “Buffett Rule” (Millionaires pay at least the same tax as middle class families). He also is in support of a low-cost health care solution to Michiganders. He advocates for “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act for the steps it takes to make sure that health care is more affordable and accessible, and insurance companies can no longer deny coverage or increase rates if you have a pre-existing condition or get sick, (PetersForMichigan.com).”

He also supports the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which invests in cleanup efforts and helps protect against the threat of invasive species like Asian Carp and algal blooms in Saginaw Bay. He also successfully led the fight to ban directional oil and gas drilling under the Great Lakes.

Governor Rick Snyder claims to encourage an environment, which stimulates job growth. He also opposes gay marriage and affirmative action, and vetoed a total abortion ban bill. He also hopes to provide more legal representation for the poor and attempt to decrease the production of drugs in Michigan. He plans to remove school boundaries, allowing anyone to choose whatever school they want to go to, regardless of where they live. Snyder opposes the restriction on the second amendment right to bear arms. Snyder approved 50,000 skilled worker visas in hopes to repopulate Detroit and openly encourages inventors and entrepreneurs to immigrate. He also plans to extend unemployment benefits. Snyder hopes to end the Business Tax and does not plan on granting welfare benefits to individuals with felonies on their record.