Julie Brixie files to run for State Representative

Brixie’s 20 years of service net her key endorsements across the district

May 1, 2017

MERIDIAN TWP. – Longtime Meridian Township board
member and Treasurer Julie Brixie has filed to run for state
representative of the 69th House District.

Among the many reasons she chose to run, Brixie
emphasized the many challenges the state of Michigan
is facing.

“The stakes are high right now, our roads and bridges are
crumbling, our schools are underfunded, tuition rates
continue to soar and our environment and women’s rights
are under attack,” said Brixie. “The issues before us are
numerous, challenging and require someone with the
knowledge and experience to tackle these difficult issues.”

Brixie began her career in public service back in 1998 as a
member of the Meridian Township Zoning Board of Appeals

and Planning Commission before being elected as a Meridian Township Trustee in 2000.

Brixie has served on the Meridian Township Board ever since – two terms as trustee and is currently serving her third term as treasurer.

Brixie’s many years of service in the community have netted her key endorsements across the district.

Former state representative and current East Lansing Mayor Mark Meadows; longtime Okemos School board member and current Meridian Township Supervisor Ron Styka, former Williamstown Township Supervisor Mickey Martin and Ingham County Treasurer Eric Schertzing are among those who have already thrown their support behind Brixie.

"I’ve served alongside Julie for 20 years, and I can’t say enough about her knowledge and experience, they’re unmatched,” said Meadows. “You only get 6 years to serve in the House, so experience and knowledge are absolutely critical to making a real difference. Julie is the best person for the job, and I hope our communities will join me in supporting her to succeed Rep. Singh.”

Brixie, the daughter of two teachers and a graduate of Michigan State University with a Master’s degree in crop and soil sciences with a specialization in environmental toxicology, said K-12 funding and soaring tuition rates are among the most critical issues facing our state.

“Both of my parents were teachers so education was really important to my family” said Brixie. “My husband is also a teacher and we were delighted to raise our three daughters in a community that shares our value for public education.  We’re home to Michigan State University and our schools are among the best in the state, but we’re failing our children by underfunding their schools and burdening them with staggering debt.”

Styka emphasized the fact that the district’s values revolve around education, and Brixie’s knowledge and passion for K-12 and higher education are among the reasons he has endorsed her.

"Julie is a dedicated and hardworking public servant,” said Styka. “I’ve worked with her for many years, and she shares my passion and commitment for our schools and our children’s future. Republicans in the Legislature are saddling the State’s youth with debt that will burden them for decades. Education is a core value, and Julie is the candidate to champion that value."

Martin noted Julie’s track record as a steward of our environment and natural resources.

"We’re the Great Lakes state, home to the world’s largest fresh water supply,” said Martin. “Julie is a true leader on environmental issues, having helped implement the first local land preservation program in Michigan, which has now put 740 acres of land in the public trust for permanent preservation. I can’t imagine how many trees she has saved over the past 20 years. She is a true steward of our environment and her leadership and knowledge are needed at our Capitol."

Schertzing emphasized her economic and financial expertise, having worked with her closely for over 8 years as fellow treasurers.

"Julie is one of the hardest working leaders in our community,” said Schertzing. “Julie was elected Treasurer during the Great Recession and helped Meridian Township weather the storm, by making thoughtful and pragmatic decisions in the best interest of the community. Her knowledge and understanding of our complex tax structure make her the best candidate to reform our tax code so everyone pays their fair share.”

Brixie said she looks forward to visiting with residents all across the district at their front door.

“The best way to serve your community is to get out and visit with residents to learn what issues they’re concerned about,” said Brixie. “This has always been my approach, and I plan on wearing out a lot of shoes, walking all across our local communities to visit with residents and hear about their ideas for how we can work together to create a brighter future for Michigan.”

The 69th House District, which comprises the City of East Lansing and Meridian, Williamstown and Locke Townships, is currently represented by House Democratic Leader Sam Singh, who is not able to seek reelection due to term limits.

“Once again we’re losing a great public servant, but I am certain that Leader Singh will continue to serve our local communities and state once he leaves office,” said Brixie. “I’m running to continue the long legacy of experienced, knowledgeable and dedicated leaders that have represented us at our Capitol.”