2017-02-15 / Guest Views

Fighting for your rights

BY REP. KLINT KESTO
SPECIAL TO THE SPINAL COLUMN

As you all probably know, the presidential election that occurred in November of 2016 proved to be Kesto.Kesto.extremely divisive. In our political discourse, it is natural, even healthy, for people to disagree.

The tendency of Americans to stand up for our convictions and argue for what we think is right can sometimes lead to vehement disagreement. However, it is important to always remember that our government was constructed with the intention of protecting citizens’ interests and safeguarding your liberties.

In these great United States of America, you have rights; rights my colleagues in Lansing and I fight every day to protect. There are provisions in our government to protect these rights as well; namely, the checks and balances the three different branches of government provide. No matter what your interest, you can rest assured that it will be represented in some area of our government. The Michigan House of Representatives is committed to listening to the concerns of our citizens and responding accordingly.

In August, my wife Delena and I became proud parents to a beautiful baby girl, Ava. Now, more than ever, I understand the importance of protecting the rights of our state’s families. Our government institutions are here to serve citizens and maximize the well-being of individuals and families across the state. My colleagues and I work closely with these institutions to provide the best services for our citizens, and look forward to continuing to do so during the upcoming legislative session.

Bolstering your rights as a citizen of the state of Michigan has always been of the utmost importance to me. In the past, I have voted to repeal life sentences for minors and advocated for civil asset forfeiture reform. I have also worked extensively on the issue of foster care in our state, voting in favor of a bill to require due process for foster home issues and introducing my own bill mandating that siblings be kept together in foster care placements. I am ready to work more on these issues during my next term, and am excited to represent you, both here in Lansing and closer to home.

When our great nation was founded in 1776, it was created with the best interests of the people in mind. I am committed to protecting and serving those interests through my work in the legislature. My priority is, and always has been, listening to and understanding the concerns of the people of our district. I always welcome constituents to reach out with any issues they may have, as the well-being of our district is always at the forefront of my concerns. I look forward to the beginning of the new legislative session and serving your interests in the future.

State Rep. Klint Kesto, R-Commerce Township, represents the 39th District of the Michigan House of Representatives. He can be contacted via phone at 517- 373-1799 or email KlintKesto@house.mi.gov.

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