Julie Brixie raises over $26k in bid for State House

July 25, 2017

MERIDIAN TWP. – Longtime Meridian Township board member and Treasurer Julie Brixie has raised $26,209 in her bid to succeed House Democratic Leader Sam Singh, who is term
limited and cannot seek reelection.

“I’m touched by the outpouring of support I have received since
announcing my candidacy on May 1,” said Brixie. “The energy
and enthusiasm I have seen is incredible. I’m looking forward to
helping residents channel that energy and help us take our state
back in 2018.”

Under state law, candidates must file July quarterly campaign
finance reports. Brixie filed having raised $26,209.66. Brixie’s
campaign spent $2,701.16 during the reporting period and has
$23,508.50 on hand.

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, you only have to take a short drive on our crumbling roads and bridges to know something is terribly wrong,” said Brixie. “Our schools are underfunded, tuition rates continue to soar and our environment and women’s rights are under attack.”

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, including: former state representative and current East Lansing Mayor Mark Meadows; longtime Okemos School board member and current Meridian Township Supervisor Ron Styka, Williamstown Township Supervisor Wanda Bloomquist 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 under funding their schools and burdening them with staggering debt.”

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 comprises the City of East Lansing and Meridian, Williamstown and Locke Townships.