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 the decisions that have resulted in the creation of good construction jobs in and around the district as well as all over Southeastern Michigan. I know firsthand the hurdles Lansing places in front of small business owners and job creators and when elected I will knock them down.
Government doesn't create jobs, but we can get out of the way of the entrepreneurs who do, by simplifying taxes, eliminating useless regulations, and cutting the size and cost of government.
Please vote Shmina on August 3rd and November 2nd. Vote for Michigan Jobs for Michigan Families. Vote Shmina.
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.