76th House District candidate profile: Republican, Roy Schmidt
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Patrick Center November 1, 2012 | WGVU
Roy Schmidt’s political history dates back to 1991 when he was elected to the Grand Rapids City Commission. In 2008, he was elected, as a Democrat to the State House of Representatives.
He’s wrapping up his second term in office under a cloud of scrutiny. Hours before the primary election filing deadline, he switched political parties. It involved Schmidt offering a family friend to run as a Democrat in the race. Following an investigation by the Kent County Prosecutor, William Forsyth, called it a fraud on the electorate.
“It was absolutely wrong” That was Roy Schmidt on August 28th. Since then he’s declined interviews. But on that day he did touch on policy. He says he’s voted for new bills focused on the economy.
“My job is to help create the environment for jobs and for helping kids get the best education and that’s what I’m all about and what I’ll fight for.”
To that end, Schmidt says he’s working with other west Michigan Republicans co-sponsoring legislation that, with the federal government’s approval, will provide $3 million in local pre-kindergarten funding.
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