Parts of Lenawee, Hillsdale and Monroe counties will have a new state senator after this year’s elections.
In the Aug. 2 primary election, Republicans in the new Senate District 16 have a choice between two current state representatives from Monroe County: Joe Bellino of Monroe and TC Clements of Temperance. The winner of the primary will advance to the November general election where he will have the only Democrat who filed for the position, Katybeth Davis of Monroe Township.
District 16 includes most of Lenawee, Monroe and Hillsdale counties. Tecumseh city and township, Clinton village and township, and Macon Township are in Senate District 15, which stretches through southern Washtenaw County into Ann Arbor.
Questionnaires were provided to Bellino and Clements. Their responses are below. Davis will be profiled in the fall.
Joseph Bellino Jr.
Employment history: Owner, Broadway Market in Monroe.
Previous elected positions held: state representative, three terms; board member, Monroe County Community College.
In 50 words or less, what do you hope to accomplish if elected? I wish to continue my efforts to provide lower taxes and economic relief to Michigan families and businesses. I will fight to put more power in the hands of parents when it comes to the education of their children. I will continue working on agricultural policies that protect the rights of the family farmer.
Employment history: For four years, I was employed by a manufacturing firm that produced embroidered clothing, luggage, patches and caps for a variety of clients including the United State military. I began my time there working in the warehouse and within six months was the production manager, then sales manager and for the last three years was the chief operations officer of the company. Additionally, I have started multiple small businesses in my life as an entrepreneur. These would include real estate development, graphic design, solar technology, business consulting, and my current co-ownership of a travel agency with my wife, Jamie, since 2013. Lastly, I was a police officer and was assigned to many roles. During my tenure I was trained and performed patrol, traffic, investigations of multiple natures, marine patrol, bike patrol, school resource, media relations, special teams, community service and training. When I left law enforcement I had made the rank of deputy chief of police working directly for the chief of police.
Previous elected positions held: state representative, 2020-present; Bedford Township trustee, 2016-20.
In 50 words or less, what do you hope to accomplish if elected? Protect our liberties and freedoms. Reduce the size and scope of government. Restore my neighbors’ voice in Lansing. Work to reduce and / or eliminate our income tax while ensuring safe communities where economic development can thrive. Repair our infrastructure, protect life, and restore the concept of We The People.