Friday, February 5, 2016

Macomb's Marino Announces Michigan House Campaign

By Brandon Hall
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Macomb County Commissioner Steve Marino announced earlier this week he is running for the Michigan House in the 24th District.

Marino, a Republican, is touting his record on the Macomb County Commission and his ability to win tough elections.

Marino was re-elected Sgt. At Arms on the commission early this year.

According to a press release:

"People want a leader who isn’t afraid to stand on principle and they deserve someone who has the skill to be effective in delivering meaningful results. I intend to fight for common sense solutions that help hard-working families get ahead," said Marino. "My focus is on the issues that matter: protecting jobs, strengthening education, and making government more efficient and accountable for how they spend our tax dollars."

Commissioner Marino has experience winning tough elections. In 2014, he defeated an incumbent Democrat opponent who had held office going back to 1995. This victory came in a commission seat with a 53% Democrat voter base. In that race, Marino received the "Well Qualified - Preferred" rating from the Macomb Chamber of Commerce, and the Detroit News also endorsed him for the 10th district.

As a Macomb County Commissioner, Steve Marino represents roughly 70,000 residents from Harrison Township and St. Clair Shores. One of three officers, he was elected Sergeant-at-Arms of the Board of Commissioners and Vice-Chair of the Justice and Public Safety Committee.

Steve has long been active in his community. He currently serves on the L’Anse Creuse Public Schools Foundation, the L’Anse Creuse Community Action Coalition, the Selfridge Base Community Council, and several other local community advocacy organizations.

Marino is the owner of a small Macomb-based public affairs firm that specializes in research, issue advocacy and finance. Previously, he served as the Government Relations Coordinator for Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana, Inc.

A lifelong resident of Macomb County, Marino grew up in Harrison Township. A graduate of L’Anse Creuse High School and Michigan State University, he holds a B.A. in Economics, a B.A. in Public Policy and Public Administration, and a B.A. in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy from James Madison College.

Marino is seeking the Republican nomination in the 24th House district that includes Harrison Township and parts of Clinton Township and Macomb Township."

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Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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