5 vie for U.S. House seat

The race for Michigan's 2nd Congressional District includes the Republican incumbent from Zeeland seeking a second term and a Democratic challenger from Muskegon.
Marie Havenga
Oct 19, 2012

Three minor party candidates are also on the Nov. 6 ballot.

This will be the first election with re-drawn Congressional districts. The state Legislature adjusted the boundaries in 2011 based on updated population information from the 2010 Census.

The candidates are:

— U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland. If re-elected, the incumbent said he would continue to advocate for an atmosphere that fosters job creation.

“Government doesn't create jobs — the private sector creates jobs," said Huizenga, 43. “We need to stop spending the way we've been spending. We've racked up $16 trillion in debt. We're out of whack on our revenue and our spending.”

The Zeeland native said the economy would continue to be the main focus for every state.

“And we know we're going to continue to deal with the health care issue no matter who wins (the presidential race),” Huizenga said. “For me, that means protecting life. I think having the administration coming in and demand contraception coverage and abortion coverage are problematic.”

— Democrat Willie German Jr., of Muskegon. German, 50, is a Muskegon Community College information commons media technician and has served as a Muskegon city commissioner for almost a year.

“I represent myself as an inclusive candidate who will not just stand for some, but will stand for all,” he said.

If elected, German said his priorities would be jobs, economic development, education, a balanced budget and access to affordable health care. He also wants to promote incentives for local farmers and small-business owners.

“I really feel being an inclusive candidate we can create an inclusive movement to push theses concerns forward,” German said.

— Libertarian Mary Buzuma is a Grand Haven native who served 26 years as a U.S. Navy intelligence specialist. Buzuma said she is dissatisfied with the “nanny state” Democrats and the “Iraq war of the Republicans.” Buzuma opposes a national health care plan and energy plan, and she wants to cut spending.

— U.S. Taxpayers candidate Ronald E. Graeser, 71, is an emergency physician based in Fremont. He has been on the ballot for the 2nd Congressional District seat every election year since 2000. Graeser is pro-life and pro-capital punishment, and favors stricter immigration laws.

— Green Party candidate William J. Opalicky is retired from an administrative/sales career in the steel industry. He wants to eliminate the Federal Reserve System and increase taxes for the wealthy to up to 75 percent. He also supports wind, solar and geothermal power.
 

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