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Candidate survey for Michigan’s 104th: Wayne Schmidt

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Last month MyWHaT’s editorial board of one sent the two candidates for Michigan’s District 104 State House seat a short 7 question survey of open-ended questions.  The first to respond for the 104th, was Democratic candidate Betsy Coffia, published yesterday. As offered, her answers were published unedited without annotation. If a candidate didn’t respond, they were made aware that the survey would be published without their responses with only basic information listed at the top.  Today was reserved for incumbent Wayne Schmidt and he did not respond to 3 emails, 1 message through his campaign website, and a letter to his home.

Name: Wayne Schmidt
Address: 623 Washington Street Traverse City, MI
Walk Score: 77
Seat Seeking: State House – District 104
Email Address: WayneSchmidt@house.mi.gov
Website: www.wayneschmidt.com


1. What is your favorite public space in Michigan that readers might not ever suspect?

[Candidate chose not to respond]

2. What role do you see public spaces having in creating value for Michigan communities?

[Candidate chose not to respond]

3. What is an example of a public space in the 104th District that isn’t living up to its role and how would you improve it??

[Candidate chose not to respond]

4. What can Michigan’s towns and cities do better to attract young talent? How can the legislature or a specific state agency help?

[Candidate chose not to respond]

5. In your vision of Michigan’s transportation future, what will Michigan’s transportation system, both statewide and in our communities, look like in the year 2042?

[Candidate chose not to respond]

6. What is standing between the current system and the system you envision in the previous question?

[Candidate chose not to respond]

7. Who in the opposing party do you see exhibiting effective leadership statewide? In Northern Michigan?

[Candidate chose not to respond]



Happy voting!


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  1. ericjohnkurt
    October 11, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Certainly shows which candidate cares more about public spaces and engagement with the voters!

  2. October 12, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Last summer I received this email from Rep. Schmidt:

    “To better serve the citizens of our districts, the Michigan House of Representatives has provided for a two month in-district work session. A two month legislative pause has allowed me to attend more community functions, meetings and constituent coffee hours. I will continue to make myself available to answer your concerns and talk to you about important local issues. While I am able to spend more time in-district, my staff remains in Lansing, attending to daily business. Please do not hesitate to let me know about activities in our community.”

    Perhaps if you’d sent your survey during this summer’s two month vaca–er, I mean “constituent coffee hour,” he would have been available to answer your questions.

  3. October 12, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    In his defense, it takes a lot of time maintaining high wardrobe standards and snuffing out “tantrums“.

    Sorry, too easy.

  4. jimm
    October 26, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Mr. Schmidt has also failed to respond to numerous emails of mine. Too busy courting the corporate money, I guess…

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