Township resident is running for state rep

By: Thomas Franz | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published August 17, 2016

 Macomb Township resident Yani Warda will be running as a Democrat for the 33rd District state House seat this November.

Macomb Township resident Yani Warda will be running as a Democrat for the 33rd District state House seat this November.

Photo provided by Yani Warda

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — After not facing any competition in the Democratic primary for the 33rd District state House seat, Yani Warda is moving on to the general election this November.

Warda, 28, of Macomb Township, is the owner of a commercial cleaning service that has been family-owned since 1996, and he also works for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in its human resources division.

Warda attended Macomb Community College to study fire science and law enforcement, and he is continuing his education in emergency management at Madonna University.

He said his inspiration for entering politics is the persecution of minority Christians in the Middle East. He has formed a nonprofit organization called the Assyrian Documentation Centre.

“Within one year, I have recorded 300,000 individuals of all ethnicities that have expired since 2003,” Warda said through an email. “(I’ve compiled) hundreds of videos of those who were displaced and family members who were killed. This has pushed myself further in being an advocate for the people.”

Warda said he is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, has been a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association, and is anti-abortion.

Warda mentioned education, energy and criminal justice reform as his top issues heading into the general election.

“The education system has gotten so reckless,” said Warda, who expressed disappointment over intervention plans for Detroit Public Schools.

In the area of criminal justice, Warda said he would like to create a system in which low-risk prisoners would provide manpower to mitigate the effects of natural disasters, like wildfires in the Upper Peninsula. He also supports presumptive parole legislation, and is against juveniles being tried as adults.

Warda will take on Jeff Yaroch, 45, of Richmond, in the Nov. 8 general election. Yaroch won a six-person Republican primary Aug. 2 with 38.3 percent voter support.

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