Believing that Michigan is headed in the right direction, Roger Hauck would like to continue that momentum as he announced his campaign for the 99th House District on Thursday morning.
With his wife, Raschelle, and daughter, Stacey, standing beside him, Hauck shared his desire to replace Kevin Cotter, R-Mount Pleasant, who is term limited, to a roomful of fellow Republicans at Pizza Sam’s in downtown Midland.
“I am very passionate about Michigan and my community. I am not someone who can sit back and allow things to happen so I need to get involved. I am excited about the direction we are currently headed and I would like to be a part of seeing that this growth and progress continues,” Hauck said. “I feel that my common sense approach to problems and strong fiscal responsibility will serve as an asset in Lansing.”
The lifelong resident of the 99th District is seeking the seat to represent Edenville, Geneva, Greendale, Hope, Ingersoll, Jasper, Mills, Mount Haley, Porter and Warren townships in Midland County along with all of Isabella County.
“We are fortunate to have a diversified, vibrant community made up of colleges, farms, factories and tourism. I will work hard to keep it that way,” Hauck said.
One of six children, Hauck grew up on a large Isabella County farm and graduated from Beal City High School in 1980.
His wife, Raschelle, is a registered nurse at MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland, and their children are Matthew, a first grade teacher, and Stacey, a nurse.
For the past three years, Hauck has served as a trustee on the Charter Township of Union Board. Coincidentally, his Democratic opponent for the 99th House will be fellow Union Township trustee Bryan Mielke.
Hauck has worked in the shop floor as a union member for 24 years at The Delfield Co. in Mount Pleasant and also holds a residential builder’s license.
“I have built several duplexes in Union Township with my brother, which has turned into a small business for us,” Hauck said.
Business, taxes and education will be the three key issues for Hauck. If elected, Hauck would push for greater job opportunities, which he believes are a necessity.
“I understand that government officials do not have the ability to create actual jobs. They can, however, make it possible for those wishing to open or expand businesses and industry in our area by making it easier with less red tape and bureaucracy,” Hauck said.
Low energy costs would aid manufacturing as it rebounds in the United States.
“We need to make sure that Michigan’s energy costs are competitive with other states in an additional effort to attract business. Businesses will feed everything. It provides more money for schools and the community as a whole,” Hauck said.
Competitive taxes are a priority. For the citizens of Michigan, he would be in favor of a fair tax system that would not burden residents with higher taxes.
“People work hard for their pay and they should take more of it home to their families,” he said.
With a son, two sister-in-laws and four nieces being employed as teachers, Hauck is well aware of the issues facing Michigan teachers.
“There have been some lively discussions on the topic of education in my family. We need to make sure that the students that want to go on to college are ready. We need to figure out a way to test our students for comprehension, not testing to see if they can take a test,” Hauck said. “I will work for a sound educational system.”
The primary is Aug. 2 and the general election will be on Nov. 8. Hauck and Mielke are the only two candidates so far to announce their intentions to run for the 99th District seat.