Two Dems announce intent to run for Slavens’ seat in 2014
The race to fill Dian Slavens’ seat representing the 21st State House District is underway now that two candidates have thrown their hats into the ring to fill the seat.
Term limits prevent Slavens, who has served in the state house since 2009, from running for another term representing the district that consists
of Belleville, Van Buren and Canton townships.
Last Wednesday, Kristy Pagan announced that she intends to run to fill Slavens’ seat. Born in Belleville, Pagan was raised in the Plymouth-Canton area, graduating from Salem High School in 2000. After graduation, Pagan went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in education from Western Michigan University as well as a masters in political management from George Washington University.
Pagan currently works for Wayne State University.
Pagan plans on focusing her campaig
n on a platform of “providing our children with educational opportunity, protecting home property values and encouraging entrepreneurship to stimulate Michigan’s economy and help keep young people in Michigan,” according to the press release announcing her entry into the race.
She is holding an official campaign launch at 3 p.m. Saturday in Canton’s Heritage Park.
Pagan will be running against Natalie Mosher, a former teacher and non-profit executive who challenged Thaddeus McCotter for the 11th United
States House of Representatives seat in the 2010 election.
Mosher promised to fight for the interests of her constituents if elected to the state house.
“I will be a tireless fighter for our community and will work to restore tax fairness for seniors and retirees and protect our public schools. My experience as an elected official and long-time community activist will help me bring maturity back to Lansing. Our state legislature cannot
continue to conduct themselves in a manner that puts us in gridlock or passes poorly thought out legislation,” she said in the press release announcing her campaign.
Mosher was born and raised in Detroit and graduated from Michigan State University. According to the press release, she has been an executive with the National Retiree Volunteer Coalition and Detroit Riverfront Conservancy as well as having served as a county commissioner in Erie County, Ohio.
Mosher currently resides in Canton with her husband, a retired Ford Motor Company engineer.
To be eligible to run for state house, according to the Secretary of State’s website, a candidate must be a US citizen over the age of 21 and be a “registered and qualified elector” of the district that they hope to represent.
Candidates interested in running for state house seats have until 4 p.m. on April 22, 2014 to submit a petition with at least 200 signatures on it or a filing fee of $100 to get their names on the ballot for the Aug. 5 primary.
Winners of the primary will continue to the general election to be held on Nov. 4,2014.