Update from the Campaign Trail -

It has been called to our attention that it has been a long time since we’ve posted here about what we’ve been up to! We’ve been busy! We continue to knock on doors every chance we get, and reception has been very positive. District 40 residents are very frustrated with the legislature’s inaction on roads, and they deeply value their public schools (which are being underfunded). As we enter the final 50 days of the campaign, we will continue to speak with every voter we can.

Meet & Greet DATE CHANGE to Wednesday, July 30th

Hello!

The date for Mary's Meet & Greet event has changed! Due to unforeseen circumstances we have rescheduled the event for next week. Same time, same place, just a week later. Please refer to the event page on our website or the facebook event for details. Please RSVP either to the facebook event or events@marybelden.com. Hope to see you all there!

Mary Belden's Statement re. the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Decision

 

The US Supreme Court ruled that employers may deny their employees insurance coverage for contraception, based on the “sincerely held” religious beliefs of the owners of the company. This is a horrible decision that sets a precedent that should concern every American. Never before has the United States granted “religious freedom” to corporations at the expense of the religious freedom of their employees.

State of charter schools: How Michigan spends $1 billion but fails to hold schools accountable

The Detroit Free Press has launched a series showing how Michigan is failing to hold charter schools accountable for how they use our tax dollars, while draining those dollars from our local public schools. We need to act now to ensure the future of public education in Michigan.

A yearlong Free Press investigation of Michigan’s charter schools found wasteful spending, conflicts of interest, poor performing schools and a failure to close the worst of the worst. Among the findings:

Press Release: Mary Belden Announces Run for State Representative in House District 40

From Committee to Elect Mary Belden • Tel: 248-762-6717

Mary Belden, a former Fortune 500 manager and long-time public education advocate, has announced that she will run for State Representative in the 40th House District. Belden has chosen to run in order to take action to adequately fund and restore local control to our public schools, repeal the unfair pension tax on seniors, invest in our state's communities and roads, and address the uneven playing field that has been created for women in our state in employment and health care. The 40th District includes Birmingham, Bloomfield Township, the City of Bloomfield Hills and the eastern portion of West Bloomfield Township.

Belden holds a B.S. with Distinction in Medical Technology (1978). Her professional experience includes supervising a medical laboratory, systems management, corporate training, and senior management for a Fortune 500 company, where she also served as an internal management consultant. Belden has been President of both middle school and high school PTOs, and the Andover Instrumental Music Supporters. With Andover PTO, she helped initiate a PTO-sponsored small grant program to aid co-curricular activities in the face of funding cuts. She has also held leadership positions in various capacities in her church, testified in Lansing on behalf of our public schools and worked with all parties to help ease the transition process of combining the two Bloomfield Hills high schools.

"In order to improve our economy and bring more jobs to Michigan, we must demonstrate our commitment to being a great place for all Michiganders to work and live. Top quality public schools, safe roads, and careful attention to fairness in our public policies will help us get there," said Belden. "I am passionate about providing the best possible future for our children and our state. To do that, we need to change what's happening in Lansing."

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