David Curson is running as the sole Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress to represent for the remainder of Thaddeus McCotter's term. Curson will be on the Sept. 5 special primary and will face the Republican winner on the Nov. 6 ballot. Republican candidates are , , Steve King, Kenneth Crider and Carolyn Cavanagh.
Here are Curson's responses to Patch's candidate questionnaire:
married to Sharon, 3 adult children, 2 grandchildren
City of residence:
Van Buren Township
How long have you been a resident of that town?
International Union Representative for the UAW
attended Wastenau Community College, University of Toledo, Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan. No degrees
Viet Nam veteran serving in the US Marine Corps, lifelong community activist
What made you decide to run?
disbelief that Thaddeus McCotter would abandon the citizens of the 11th District, the importance of pending legislation in the lame duck session of the 112th Congress, the consistant and continued obstructionist position of the Republican party that has created unprecidented gridlock in Washington, my ability to achieve win-win agreements
What issues do you see affecting your district?
jobs, jobs, jobs - the eroded manufacturing base has destroyed our economy
What national issues would you like to influence as a member of U.S. Congress?
Job creation and the elimination of incentives for outsourcing work off shore, eliminating tax loopholes for multinational corporations and the wealthiest Americans providing relief to the middle class, protecting Medicare and Social Security, oversight of Wall Street, insuring veterans receive the benefits and health care they earned and deserve