2018-10-18 / News

Johnson, Watson to face off for senate seat Nov. 6

By Gary Gould
810-452-2650 • ggould@mihomepaper.com

GENESEE COUNTY — Current Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson and former Grand Blanc Board of Education member Renee Watson will vie for the 14th District State Senate seat in the Nov. 6 general election.

Johnson, 63, a Republican, of Groveland Township, and Watson, 43, Democrat, of Grand Blanc, are both running for the senate seat being vacated this year by State Sen. David Robertson.

Johnson, who is leaving her seat as Secretary of State, has also served as an Oakland County Commissioner, State Representative and Oakland County Clerk/Register of Deeds.

Watson is was both a trustee and treasurer with the Grand Blanc Board of Education. She has also served as a precinct delegate, poll watcher and has worked on many Democrat and Republican campaigns.

If elected, Johnson said she will continue fighting political and governmental corruption.

“My passion as a public servant has always been to fight waste, fraud, and abuse. In our community I took on the Genesee and Oakland County Intermediate School districts where dishonest administrators were robbing tax dollars from our classrooms,” said Johnson prior to the August primary. “The Oakland ISD Superintendent ended up going to jail for the corruption my investigation uncovered. I will continue to demand accountability in government so that people get the best value for their tax dollars.”

Watson said, if elected, she will focus on safer communities, financial security in the state and a bright future for children.

“As a state senator, I will collaborate with colleagues from all parties to end partisan bickering and work on solutions. Together, we will find ways to better fund education and ensure support for teachers and students,” she said, prior to the primary election in August. “We will address school safety, infrastructure improvements and economic development. I will continue my passion to help small businesses, and to attract more commerce to District 14, while creating more job opportunities for a skilled workforce.”

Johnson, who attended Oakland Community College, Oakland University and Wayne State University, has a daughter, Emily.

Watson said she has a Master’s in Public Administration and Bachelors of Family Science from Central Michigan University and holds a Wellness Coach Certification from Mayo Clinic Medical School. She is married with a son, age 18 and daughter, age 15.

The 14th Senate Districts includes the following areas of Genesee County: Atlas Township, Davison city, Davison Township, Fenton city, Grand Blanc city, Grand Blanc Township and Mundy Township. It also include parts of Oakland County.

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