Education, economy are priorities for Tim Kelly in state senate primary

ByLavinia E. Smith

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Tim Kelly is pulling no punches in his candidacy for the Republican nomination for the 35th District state senate seat.

If elected in the Aug. 2 principal and the Nov. 8 typical election, Kelly pledges to obstacle the procedures of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who is running unopposed for the Democratic nomination to provide a 2nd expression.

“Michigan has numerous complications and issues that want to be solved, a host of which are exacerbated by a lawless governor and administration,” Kelly claimed.

He is running in the main versus existing 98th District Condition Rep. Annette Glenn, of Midland retired Dow Corning executive Chris Velasquez, of Midland and retired Army Reserve Colonel and health care doctor Martin Blank.



“As a previous state consultant, termed out in 2018, I nevertheless have a enthusiasm and a want to assistance people today in Michigan, and I experience I can ideal serve them through the senate (35th District),” Kelly included.


The newly drawn 35th district incorporates the cities of Midland, Saginaw, Bay Metropolis, Auburn, Essexville and Zilwaukee 6 townships in jap Midland County 6 townships in northern Saginaw County and nine townships in Bay County.

Instruction and the overall economy are two of the major priorities of Kelly, a Saginaw County resident who served the utmost 3 consecutive phrases as the 94th District state agent from 2013-19. He also received the Republican nomination in 2020 for the U.S. Household ahead of shedding in the typical election to incumbent Democrat Dan Kildee.

“We need to reclaim education. They’ve disregarded factors we’ve place in put to make education and learning greater,” Kelly said. “This governor has decimated the financial state of this condition, along with her counterpart in Washington (President Joe Biden).

“I think that we’ve harmed maybe a generation of children with these COVID closures, hampered them and hindered their advancement,” he continued. “We require to do every little thing we can to get them back again on keep track of.”

The freshly drawn 35th condition senate district consists of the metropolitan areas of Midland, Saginaw, Bay City, Auburn, Essexville and Zilwaukee 6 townships in japanese Midland County six townships in northern Saginaw County and nine townships in Bay County.


Kelly intends to reduce what he sees as also considerably government control in excess of citizen’s lives, and to locate answers to inflation and substantial prices.

“I want to do what I can to rein in the command in Lansing more than our private and small business life, and place an finish to it,” he explained. “I think we have an affordability trouble and we have a federal government challenge. We need to be a additional affordable point out. Plainly, shelling out is out of hand, and we need to have better priorities in our spending plan.”

When requested what sets him aside from his opponents in the Republican major, Kelly, who expended six decades as an instruction coverage advisor to Republican Gov. John Engler in the 1990s. said he has connections with people in Lansing who will help him make adjustments that he feels are vital.

“It’s the people today that I’ve aligned with in Lansing to thwart factors that have been impinging on the development of Michigan,” he mentioned. “(Due to the fact of) the operate that I’ve carried out, there is groups that are fearful of my return. And I never feel anybody is fearful of my opponents’ return to Lansing.”

Kelly reported he “fought the community school cabal and teachers’ unions for most of my six many years below Engler. Those people today concern my return because they know I’m helpful. I don’t believe everyone (among my opponents), including a sitting down point out representative (Glenn), has done something that has automatically been powerful in Lansing. 

“We need powerful leadership, and I feel that I can provide that.”