OPINION: Wolkinson's Strengths Match What Michigan Needs
The first-time candidate has three specific qualities that put him ahead of the GOP field in the 40th District House race.
A successful state representative should have a least three specific strengths: intelligence, political savvy and leadership.
Of the 110 current state representatives, not one of them is an economist. Mr. Wolkinson earned both a bachelor's and master's of economics from U-M by age 21. As the intellectual candidate, he is uniquely qualified to understand the state's struggle between growth and austerity, and, importantly, to explain to legislators and voters alike the dead-weight economic losses associated with over-taxation.
Mr. Wolkinson has received the endorsements of Right to Life and the Farm Bureau, and has brought together former political foes Rocky Raczkowski and Paul Welday, who are co-hosting a fundraiser for Wolkinson's campaign. Additionally, Wolkinson, as a former senior campaign staffer for Gov. Snyder, will bring relationships to Lansing that will benefit the powerful 40th District.
I am a West Bloomfield ex-pat, and like so many of my classmates from Andover High School, I am working as a professional in New York City. I would like to return to Michigan, but the lack of economic opportunities make such a move premature.
Whether it's walking the entire district, mesmerizing debate audiences, or writing economic policy to jump-start the State of Michigan, I am a witness to Wolkinson's energy and charisma and I throw my full support behind him as the person most qualified to bring my family home.
Richard Dorfman, Esq.