2014-10-23 / News

Faris, Stikovich both seeking 48th District seat

By Gary Gould
810-452-2650 • ggould@mihomepaper.com

GENESEE COUNTY — Incumbent State Rep. Pam Faris (D-Vienna Township) will be challenged for her 48th District seat by Republican Stephanie Stikovich of Richfield Township in the Nov. 4 general election.

First term state representative Faris, 57, hopes to continue her work in the State House when voters go to the polls in two weeks.

Married to former Lt. Gov. John Cherry, Faris said she has two adult children, Meghan Cherry and John Daniel Cherry, daughter-in-law Teresa Villacorta and one grandchild.

She said she has an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science from Mott Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Baker College.

She has previously served as a Mott Community College Trustee.

Faris lists her community service as belonging to the Rotary, Lions Club, former Michigan Community Service Commission appointee, former Michigan Women’s Commission appointee, a corporate board member of the Early Childhood Investment Corporation and numerous other community volunteer activities.

She said she thinks infrastructure repair is a top issue facing Michigan.

“Maintaining safe roads is imperative, but we must do it responsibly,” said Faris. “High quality affordable schooling, from Pre-K through higher education, must remain a priority. Preparing young children for school is easier with access to quality preschools, and K-12 schools that prepare our youth for post-secondary education are essential for their future.

“We promised our children a good education, and they deserve no less. Creating more good-paying jobs in Genesee County is a top focus of mine. Diverse economic development must be accelerated. While every issue is a woman’s issue, protecting a woman’s right to health care options and providing equal pay and opportunities are important economic development issues, too,” said Faris. “Our families will continue to needlessly suffer until introduced equal pay legislation is finally passed.”

Stikovich did not respond to e-mailed requests for a response to the Davison Index’s questionnaire. Requests were sent Oct. 5 and Oct. 16 to all candidates in Genesee County races in an attempt to solicit their responses to our questions.

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