November 24, 2014
Rep. Tim Moore and challenger Kathy Wilton respond to questions on economy, education

97th District Candidate forum

By Tim Barnum
Staff writer
Posted
The two candidates running for the position of 97th District Representative in the Michigan Legislature responded to questions issued from "The Arenac County Independent."

The questions are as follows:
Unemployment in the 97th District is high – 11.6 percent in Clare County, 11.3 percent in Gladwin County and 9.5 percent in Arenac County (Northern Bay County was excluded from this question because the unemployment rate of Bay County, 7.7 percent according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, isn’t specific about the unemployment rate in the section of Bay County in the 97th District). What is wrong with the economy in the 97th district and how would you propose to repair it? What has already been done to remedy the situation? Please be specific as possible.

What are some untapped resources of economic growth in Arenac County specifically?

Schools in Arenac County are losing students every year whether a student has to move due to relocation of a working parent or dissatisfaction with a district. How will you help these three local schools (Standish-Sterling Community Schools District, AuGres-Sims School District, Arenac Eastern School District) with the burden of losing state funding when they lose students and how can you help schools grow and provide the resources necessary to attract and keep students?

Many people feel that state education requirements dealing with AYP and MEAP scores are not accurately reflecting the success/failure of a school district. Do you feel this way? If so how would you try to change the educational assessment system? If you agree with the current standards, please support your position.

See the candidates' answers in the Oct. 22 edition of "The Arenac County Independent."

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