Candidates for Michigan’s 73rd Representative District in their own words

On this year’s ballot there are members from both branches of the Michigan Legislature (the State House and Senate). If you’re not sure which legislative district you vote in, visit the Michigan Voter Information Center to find more information, including your personalized sample ballot for your address.

Whether you choose to vote absentee or in person, get to know the candidates before you vote by reading their responses to key issues facing Michiganders.

Here (below) are the candidates in their own words. To return to the main election package, click here.

Meet the candidates

Julie Brixie (Democrat): I live in Meridian Township and have owned a home here for 31 years. Former Rotarian, MSU alumnus, MS Crop and Soil Sciences and Environmental Toxicology. Treasurer of the Town of Meridian, 10 years.; Meridian Township Board Member, 18; former environmental chemist. State Representative, elected in 2018 and 2020; Meridian Township Treasurer, elected in 2008, 2012, and 2016; Meridian Township Trustee, elected in 2000 and 2004. I signed the question petition on the prochoice ballot. I have not signed the commitment not to pay taxes.

Norma Shinkle (Republican): Michigan Tax Court, President, 1991 – 1998. Michigan State Board of Electors – 2009 to 2022. Michigan State Senator, 1983 – 1990; Bedford Township Supervisor, Monroe County, 1976 – 1978. St. Martha Catholic Church – Choir member for 23 years; Knights of Columbus, St. Martha Council No. 10006; Williamston Rotary – Charter Member – District 6360; Former Red Cedar Recreational Authority, Minor League Baseball Coach and Football Coach; Boy Scouts of America, Williamston Troop 63, former Merit Badge Counselor and Patrol Counselor; Cristo Rey Community Center – Board of Directors 6-28-07 to 5-24-13. I oppose any net tax increase and I will take that promise any day. The taxes are high enough. I am pro-life and support Michigan’s current abortion law, but I recognize that this issue will be on the ballot.

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