LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – The August primary election is just over a week away and it’s an important election for our state as voters narrow down the candidates running to become Michigan’s next governor.
Throughout the week, 6 News has profiled several of those candidates for you to get to know them a little bit better.
6 News reporter Alysia Burgio sat down with John Tatar, one of the two Libertarian gubernatorial candidates in the race.
Tatar is a former Livonia public schools teacher of 31 years.
“I taught American history and government for the last 10 years but prior to that I taught kids how to build houses. Plus I taught other industrial arts, drafting, wood shop, English, social studies,” said Tatar.
Tatar says he not only has a strong passion for education, but for our military. That’s because he’s a former member of the U.S. Army Reserves.
“I served for 31 years. I retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Medical Service Corp. and I was activated for desert storm so I’m a desert storm veteran also,” Tatar stated.
So why toss his hat in the ring now for the governor’s race?
Tatar says in his opinion, our state has gone downhill over the years.
“Our educational system is in shambles, the roads are deplorable, the infrastructure is a problem,” he said.
But Tatar says he plans to turn Michigan around starting with implementing a new “oath of office” for elected officials.
“I’d like a new oath of office which would not allow them to take bribes, to promise anything, to take money from any corporations with the intent of offering something to the corporation once they get in office,” Tatar added.
He also plans to target infrastructure and our state’s roads.
“The money is there in Lansing. Do you know that just recently they bought a Senate office building? They paid $41 million for that building and that building only costs, only was assessed for $12million…who pocketed $29 million?” Tatar stated.
In addition to that, Tatar hopes to eliminate gerrymandering which is the practice of creating a political advantage for a particular party by drawing their own district lines.
He also intends to reinforce gun owner’s rights.
“The gun free zone issue is nonsense and the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” he stated.
And as far how Tatar plans to improve Michigan’s educational system, he says he wants to leave that in the hands of local government.
“There are specific niches that kids like to learn and everybody is different so there has to be the kind of set up in the school systems where kids can have a variety of areas that they want to study and learn and some people really like things,” Tatar stated.
Overall, Tatar says it’s his background that sets him apart from his competitors and if he was elected as Michigan’s next governor…
“I would return the state of Michigan back to a republic, not a democracy as they’ve been trying to press upon us all these years,” he said.
To learn more about John Tatar, we’ve posted a link under the “Seen on 6” section of our website.