Tudor Dixon, who defeated a crowded field of Republican candidates to become the GOP nominee for governor of Michigan, told Newsmax that the winning message for her state is “hard work and family values.”
Appearing on Newsmax’s “Wake Up America Weekend” on Saturday, the Trump-endorsed candidate discussed her primary win and her plan to fight to fix Michigan’s education system.
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“We knew this was going to be a hard race from the beginning,” Dixon said. “We knew that we would have to put in the work and meet with people across the state for the first year, which is what we did, and we had a great message coming out and talking about bringing back schools.”
Michigan’s schools are currently 38th in the nation, and are headed down the path towards being in the bottom five by 2030 unless the state makes some serious changes, but “parents are engaged in a way they’ve never been engaged before,” according to Dixon.
The GOP candidate went on to note that COVID shutdowns under Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer have hit Michigan’s schools especially hard, so “we are going to bring back education and also our state’s cities.”
“Our schools, especially our students, are behind,” Dixon added, noting that she has spoken with parents whose children aren’t able to get caught up after the COVID shutdowns.
“In the state of Michigan our literacy exams just came back and 50% of our third graders failed,” she continued, adding that in the state’s largest city, Detroit, 90% of the students failed.
Dixon also revealed that the Democrat governor had the opportunity to pass legislation that would have incentivized parents to push their children to read, but she vetoed the measure.
“The governor had the opportunity to pass a bill that would have allowed reading scholarships, but she doesn’t like the idea of anything going to parents [or them] having any control over education, so she vetoed that bill,” she said.
According to Dixon, under Whitmer, Michigan’s cities are facing crime problems at the same time that the governor is parroting left-wing talking points about defunding the state’s police departments.
“We need to bring back respect for rule of law and make sure that they have the funding they need to keep our city safe,” the GOP candidate argued.
Dixon went on to assert that Whitmer’s administration and her bureaucracy are making Michigan an unfriendly environment for job creators.
Whitmer is currently running for reelection and has a massive war chest and a strong political presence both statewide and nationally. According to Dixon, the key to defeating the prominent Democrat will be to win over Democrats and independents.
“I think it’s this family-friendly approach, that we’re not going to only make sure that we get back on track and education, but we’re going to help families get there,” the Republican candidate asserted.
Dixon further noted that her campaign is pushing to reduce taxes in the state, as “we’re in the top 10 in the nation for taxes on the middle class. We have an opportunity to say we’re going to make it less expensive and more exciting, and more prosperous to live in the state of Michigan.”