Three file for open 28th District state House seat

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published April 23, 2014

WARREN — With incumbent 28th District Democratic state Rep. Jon Switalski leaving Lansing under term limits this year, a total of three candidates had filed to run for his seat as the deadline to do so passed April 22.

The candidates are Assistant Macomb County Prosecuting Attorney Derek E. Miller, small business owner Gordon Dye and Beth Foster, of Center Line.

Miller was the lone Democrat to file in the race for the district, representing much of Warren and all of Center Line. The son of former state Sen. Art Miller Jr. and the grandson of Warren’s first mayor, Arthur Miller, issued a statement April 11 announcing his candidacy.

“I’m running for state representative to ensure that communities like Warren and Center Line are not forgotten about in Lansing and that our state government is working for the people, not special interests," Miller said in a prepared statement. “The people of Michigan want to know that their government is acting in their best interest, that seniors are being protected, that our children are getting the best education possible and that our state is creating an environment that companies will want to locate in and graduates will want to stay in.”

As Republican candidates, Dye and Foster must compete in the primary election in August for a chance to appear on the ballot opposite of Miller in November.

Dye, a 40-year Warren resident, said he was an independent until 2012, when he joined the Republican Party.

“I think one of the major problems that we face today in our society is that the free markets are no longer giving free access to the lower echelon,” Dye said. “What you have is a lot of what I’d call gangsterism in the marketplace. What I‘m trying to bring to the table is intelligent use of free enterprise. In other words, I’m not really convinced that doing everything through government is a good idea.”

Foster could not be reached for comment at press time.

The deadline for candidates to withdraw from the race is 4 p.m. April 25.

Switalski served two, two-year terms in the state House representing the 25th District prior his 2012 win over incumbent Democrat Lesia Liss in the redrawn 28th District. Liss represented the old 28th District for two terms and was preceded by Democrat Lisa Wojno, who served three terms from 2002-2008. Wojno’s husband, Warren City Clerk Paul Wojno, held the seat for three terms prior to that, from 1996-2002.