Hello and welcome to my online campaign headquarters. My name is Michael Shmina and I am running to be your next State Representative for the 32nd District. I am a husband, a father, and a step father (and soon to be a grandfather). I am a professional with a great career, a taxpayer, a producer and an employer who has become so fed up with the system that I was compelled to put most of my life on hold to help make a better Michigan for my children and for yours.
I stand firmly on protecting our Constitutional Rights as well as in the right to life, but I am running first and foremost to create jobs.
I am the only candidate in my race with over two decades of private-sector, small business experience as a job creator. I personally have made
I have lived in Michigan for all but three years of my life. My time away only reinforced my love for our state. I have lived in beautiful Fair Haven since 2002, with my wife, Kim, and our two children. I also have two adult step-children.
My wife Kim is a Nurse Practitioner and has been a registered nurse in Michigan for over twenty years. She is also a full time instructor at Wayne State University.
When I came into my wife's life she already had two children just entering teenage years. One of them is a student at Wayne State and the other is working toward an electrical apprenticeship. We also have a six-year-old son and little girl who will be three this summer.
For 23 years, I have worked as a third-generation employee at my family's construction business. I started out sweeping floors, stacking lumber, and pounding nails in the summers as a 14-year-old. As soon as I could drive, I was a union laborer and worked in the field to help pay my way through college. Since I came back to Michigan in 1994, I have grown with the company to where I am now responsible for several million dollars-worth of construction projects per year.
I plan and execute complex projects, hire, train, and even fire people. I negotiate and manage multiple contracts and help forge work teams consisting of dozens of self-interested companies and individuals toward a common and mutually beneficial conclusion.
My other work experiences include baking the bagels up at MSU where I used to start at 2:00 AM and work the graveyard shift before going to class. I have also been an assistant manager for Wendy's. I know what it means to work hard to provide for my family.