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McMillin, VanRaaphorst Will Debate Issues Wednesday Night

They are vying for the 45th District House seat that represents Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Township.

The League of Women Voters Oakland Area is sponsoring a candidate forum for State Representative for the 45th District at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3 at the Rochester Hills City Hall.

Anyone can attend the public forum, which will also be broadcast live on Rochester Hills Television. Members of the audience will have the entire hour to ask the candidates questions. 

McMillin is seeking his third term in office; he is a certified public accountant and a former Oakland County Commissioner. He lives in Rochester Hills.

VanRaaphorst, a Democrat, is seeking her first public office; she is a businesswoman and community volunteer. She lives in Oakland Township.  

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization with membership open to anyone 18 years of age or older who would like to participate in hands-on work to encourage active and informed participation by citizens in government. For information, call 248-594-6602 or see www.LWVOA.org or visit the organization on Facebook.

North Hill Mom October 03, 2012 at 01:46 PM
I love RCS. My kids go to North Hill, Hart. Never had a problem with the teachers. I could care less if they are in a union. Women need protection in the workplace.
doug October 03, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Thats great. My comments on the MEA are not an attack on individual teachers. Most are good and there for the right reasons. I have known quite a few over the years and a surprising number aren't too thrilled with the MEA either. I am going to guess that your positive experience is also due to the fact you are an involved parent. Interesting observation between public and private schools happens on Parent/ Teacher Conference night. Our experience at Rochester schools was good, with decent attendance. Private school attendance was like trying to get tickets to a Lady GaGa concert.
Randy October 03, 2012 at 07:47 PM
McMillan is a right wing radical who works for ALEC. He does what he is told and propses bills they author, including spelling errors. JoAnna is a fresh and refreshing face to truly represent us. I'm a fiscal conservative and social moderate who finds our current representative a major part of our great state's problems. Tom needs to do as he once promised and get off of the public dole to go lobby for his real bosses.
Mike Reno October 10, 2012 at 06:38 PM
You all try to pretend that JVanRaap is moderate. Are you kidding? Scott, with all due respect, this notion that people are only voting for Tom because he is an "R" is just wrong. Let’s ignore these tinderbox social issues, and just look at some “meat and potatoes” government issues. Ballot initiative: Should Public Act 4, the law that increased emergency manager powers, be upheld? (Yes or No) Tom McMillin: Yes Joanna VanRaaphorst: No Ballot initiative: Should the Constitution be changed to guarantee workers right to collectively bargain? (Yes or No) Tom McMillin: No Joanna VanRaaphorst: Yes Ballot initiative: Should the Constitution be changed to require utilities to get 25 percent of their energy from clean, renewable energy sources? (Yes or No) Tom McMillin: No Joanna VanRaaphorst: yes Ballot initiative: Should in home care workers be allowed to collectively bargain? (Yes or No) Tom McMillin: No Joanna VanRaaphorst: Yes Ballot initiative: Should the constitution be changed to require a two-thirds vote to approve any new taxes? (Yes or No) Tom McMillin: Yes Joanna VanRaaphorst: No
North Hill Mom October 10, 2012 at 06:50 PM
http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/19781/tom-mcmillin Check out McMillin's record. Voted against ban on texting while driving law (seriously?), various mortgage bills put through to protect families from losing their homes (against his republican colleagues).

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