Jim Haadsma

Hello, I’m Jim Haadsma.

As a proud member of this great community for the past 21 years, I’m running for State Representative to continue to fight for middle class families in House District 62.

Whether in my role as a Calhoun County Commissioner, or as an attorney specializing in labor relations and workers’ compensation, I have fought to ensure every family succeeds and our local economy thrives.

I will not stop fighting for you in Lansing.

I’m running for this seat to support my friends, my neighbors, my town, my family, and my community. Our kids deserve an education that prepares them for the best jobs of the future. You deserve roads that are not crumbling so you can get to work each day. Seniors deserve economic security in their retirement. And families deserve tax relief and some extra money in their pocket to take the family to the ballgame.

I want to be your voice in Lansing. Together, let’s work to improve our community and make Calhoun County a great place to live and work.

This afternoon I kayaked from Jackson and 20th to the state park in Fort Custer.
The River between Custer Drive and that closed-down campground off Augusta Drive is serpentine, and felled-trees and tree snags-challenging.
I didn't think I'd ever get there (it's apparently around 11 and a half miles).
But I kept thinking that at least the River's a lot better since the oil spill.
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Last evening I sat at a red light heading west on Jackson at Bedford Road, and a young man in a pick-up truck turned east onto Jackson, and behind him from his truck bed billowed a confederate flag.
I stared askance directly at him.
He wasn't much older than my young adult boys.
I thought of the Billie Holliday recording of "Strange Fruit", and I thought of lynchings of which I'd read, and I thought of all the terror that flag represented.
I recalled how I'd purchased Sinclair Lewis's 1935 novel "It Can't Happen Here" back in the spring of 2016, but then never read it, because I didn't think there was a chance Trump could win.
I hung my head in my car.
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This evening I attended a DEQ/MI Agency for Energy meeting in Holt, and a state contractor reported on alternatives to Enbridge's Line 5 under the Straits of Mackinaw.
There's a 1 in 60 chance of a pipeline break under the Straits of Mackinaw between now and 2053, by a combination of inadvertent anchor hooking, incorrect operations, and weather variables.
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I heard the news today about the 22 million Americans who will lose health coverage if this U.S. Senate version of Trumpcare were to pass.
I thought of all the people I met before the April 1, 2014 Medicaid expansion, people who now receive medical treatment, when before that they were left to manage diabetes and asthma on their own, like patients in Lesotho or Zimbabwe.
But then I thought of all the freedom from government interference we'll have if we get Trumpcare.
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This morning I went to church, and the preacher invoked lyrics from Prince: "I only wanted to see you laughing / In the purple rain."
Then Dr. Bizon, accompanied by his aide Karen Todd, Terris Todd's wife, popped in, to present and read a resolution, in church.
I thought of the spiritual, social, and political leadership vacuum in this community.
I considered the reading from Psalm 100 early in the service: "Enter into God's gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise."
Then I left the building.
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Last evening I sat and listened to a chorus of bullfrogs.
It's remarkably calming.
Political chatter sets my teeth on edge.
But, I considered, if we just go away, and let these thugs do whatever they will, without pushback, then there won't be a bullfrogs chorus for my great-grandchildren - or even my grandchildren - to hear.
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The W.K. Kellogg Foundation today announced a $51 million dollar grant over 5 years to the Battle Creek Public Schools.
Just in the nick of time.
Thank you!
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More news on Battle Creek's retail front: the downtown K-Mart today announced that it's closing its pharmacy by May 15.
Yesterday the same downtown store laid off its store manager.
A lot of that store's customers don't have cars to take them to a pharmacy on Columbia Avenue.
Battle Creek needs a heart shock paddles stimulation we can't get from present local and state leadership.
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Some guy today asked me, "Isn't Johnny Cash the Drain Commissioner around here, for like the last ten years?"
And they call it democracy.
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