Findlay in the Media

Findlay in the Media

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Contact: Alec Findlay
517-525-8615

Watch Stevens T. Mason endorse Alec Findlay

State House candidate Alec Findlay through a campaign kickoff event that doubled as a birthday party for Stevens T. Mason, Michigan's first and youngest governor.

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CLOSE MASON - Michigan's first and youngest governor, dead nearly 175 years, on Friday endorsed a recent college grad running for the state House. Alec Findlay, a 24-year-old Michigan State University graduate from Alaiedon Township, officially declared his candidacy for the 67th state House District on Friday by throwing a birthday party for Stevens T.

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CLOSE Millennial generation underrepresented in Lansing, elsewhere LANSING - He sat in the plush chair, his arms on the big desk, surrounded by all that history, and saw a glimmer of his future. Alec Findlay was still in grade school when he got the chance to sit at the governor's desk during a tour of the Capitol building with his family.

For Immediate Release:

Michigan’s Legislature needs New Innovative Thinking

July 25, 2016

Mason- Alec Findlay, a Mason native for 23 years has been campaigning for the Democratic nomination for State Representative in the 67th District.  When asked why he was running Findlay stated, “I chose to run for this position because I firmly believe the 67th district needs a new brand of thinking and leadership.”  Findlay is embroiled in a primary fight against two-term incumbent Representative Tom Cochran also from Mason.

Many people find it hard to differentiate between candidates, especially between candidates from the same party.  Findlay is quite different from Representative Cochran, for Findlay is finishing his last semester at Michigan State University and graduating with a bachelors degree in political science in December.  During his student career at Michigan State University Findlay participated in MSU’s student government, ASMSU, as an elected representative of his college.  In addition, he was a member of MSU’s Army ROTC program for four years.  Alec said of his experiences in ROTC, “Army ROTC taught me so many lessons on how to be a better leader, problem solver, and citizen.”  Findlay went on to say that his time as a Boy Scout was a “defining” period of his life.  As an Eagle Scout, Findlay was a part of many community service projects including his Eagle project restoring Foote-Rockwell Cemetery and helping his sister restore Dubois Cemetery.

Aside from the differences in background between Representative Cochran and candidate Findlay, there are many policy differences between the two.  For example, Findlay differs from Representative Cochran on LGBT rights/issues.  When asked what he thought needed to be done in the legislature to advance LGBT rights Findlay said, “LGBT people are looking for strong vocal allies in today’s political climate, they see the dangerous and rough rhetoric coming from proposed bills that mimic North Carolina’s controversial bathroom bill and openly wonder whether they are welcome and safe in Michigan.  The 67th District needs a vocal leader who will openly engage the LGBT community and work to make them feel welcome and equal in front of the law.”  When asked how he could achieve a more welcoming state for LGBT people Findlay went on to say, “Michigan currently doesn’t allow the same protection from discrimination to LGBT people as it does to heterosexuals, this is frankly absurd and backward for our great state.  I have made equality a major priority and would move quickly to have the legislature amend the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity.”

In an election year primarily defined by outsiders and insurgents, will Michigan choose to ride the outsider anti-establishment waves or will establishment politics reign over 2016? 

Alec Findlay

Findlaystaterep67@gmail.com

517-525-8615

538 Willoughby Road, Mason, MI 48854

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For Immediate Release:

Representative Cochran Votes against Pension Double-Dipping While Benefiting from the Same Practice

July 25, 2016

Lansing- Representative Tom Cochran, out of the 67th State House District receives a pension from being Lansing’s Fire Chief.  This pension amounts to a total of $84,500 a year.  In addition to the pension, Representative Cochran receives his government paycheck to the tune of $71,685 a year. 

Michigan’s constitution does allow for pension double dipping, meaning a government official can receive a lifetime pension while also receiving a government paycheck.  However, since October 2007 retirees who were employed by the state are now forbidden by law to receive both a government paycheck and pension. 

Representative Cochran is not the only legislator to benefit from the practice of pension double-dipping as there are a number of others who benefit, to include, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow and State Senator Rick Jones. 

There is one major difference between Representative Cochran and the other legislators, who benefit from pension double-dipping.  On March first of this year, Representative Cochran voted no on House Bill 5128.  What makes his vote interesting is that the bill would’ve allowed some pension double-dipping by now retired DNR employees.  The bill ultimately passed the House and has been sent to the Senate committee for deliberation.  Although Representative Cochran personally benefits from pension double-dipping, he believes that constituents shouldn’t have the same right to benefit from pension double-dipping.      

When it comes down to it, Representative Cochran benefits and undoubtedly loves pension double-dipping, receiving over $155,185 a year.  This is highly unrepresentative of his constituent’s earnings, as the average yearly salary for Lansing area workers is $49,697. Wouldn’t it be more equitable for all government employees, not just the few who are in leadership positions, to benefit from pension double-dipping or none at all?

 

Alec Findlay

Findlaystaterep67@gmail.com

517-525-8615

538 Willoughby Road, Mason, MI 48854

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