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Candidate Spotlight: Road Funding, Education Reform Top Priorities for Knollenberg and Tietz

As a three-time “Legislator of the Year” recipient, state Sen. Marty Knollenberg (R-Troy) is a proven leader whose willingness to reach across the aisle has helped position Michigan for a bright future. Knollenberg is running for re-election in Senate District 13.

Prior to serving in the Senate, Knollenberg served two terms in the Michigan House of Representatives, representing the 41st District. As a small business owner from Oakland County, Knollenberg has authored 29 bipartisan bills on issues such as sexual assault, school safety, opioids, and automotive insurance rates.

Knollenberg is also a strong advocate for Michigan’s roads, voting to increase road funding by more than $2 billion. As vice chair of the Senate Education Committee and chair of the Michigan Merit Curriculum Subcommittee, Knollenberg has also put a strong focus on education, advocating for more customized curriculum for students and greater flexibility for educators.

Knollenberg has helped increase education funding by $2.8 billion a year, secured $340 million to make sure students are career ready, and pushed for increased tech training in schools.

Doug Tietz, a former small business owner, knows firsthand the importance of reducing government oversite and increasing transparency. An Oakland County commissioner and former Troy City Council member, Tietz has fought the growing reach of government, spearheading efforts to fight government waste, increase transparency and cut taxes.

Tietz is the Republican candidate running for the 41st District in the Michigan House of Representatives. His top priorities include finding long-term solutions to Michigan’s roads and infrastructure as well as fixing the state’s automotive insurance system.

Tietz will prioritize education funding for all students and provide teachers with the tools they need. Tietz also hopes to make Michigan a national leader in vocational and technology training so that every student is career ready.

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