two running for Dem nods in the 18th district
Recent redistricting changes have further connected the Farmington area to Southfield. And several candidates are running to represent the two main areas of the State House in Lansing.
The new 18th House District contains all of Lathrup Village, eastern Farmington Hills, most of Farmington and Southfield, and a very small portion of Oak Park. Previously, each community and nearby smaller towns were in their own district.
Two Democrats are running to have their names on the ballot in the November election: Southfield Councilman Jason Hoskins and Caprice Jackson, who has worked as a staffer in several offices of state legislators. Both are from Southfield.
The winner of the Democratic primary will face Republican Wendy Webster Jackson in November’s general election. Applicants were asked to answer a series of questions by Hometown Life in 100 words or less. Answers longer than 100 words end with an ellipsis at the 100th word.
Statistics show that systemic racism is prevalent in law enforcement, government, health care and the economy. Name a concrete action the state government could take to help fight racism.
Hoskin: As a black person from a predominantly black community, this is something that affects me every day. As a member of Southfield City Council, I have been involved in enacting laws that consider the “equity impact” of every piece of legislation before us. I believe this is something we can and should do in Lansing.
jackson: I think that by providing the same resources to each person, regardless of their race, we can fight against the discriminatory practices that have been put in place.
How would you assess the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and what should the state legislature do next, if any?
Hoskin: I think the state made a few missteps along the way, but ultimately acted with the limited information it had at the time to try to save lives. The goal of the state legislature right now should be to help create more opportunities for small businesses to thrive in a post-pandemic world. These businesses did the right thing and closed to save lives, and many closed permanently as a result, I want to find a way to help these people. Also, Michigander’s wallets are hurting right now and the state should use the COVID-19 dollars we received from the federal government to relieve the…
jackson: Our state has done a great job responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and I commend Governor Whitmer for her efforts to flatten the curve. Going forward, I think we should keep our mask mandate and continue to provide free testing and easy access to vaccines and boosters for vulnerable populations.
What are your views on the safety and security of our elections, particularly Michigan’s electoral integrity, and do you accept the 2020 election results?
Hoskin: I absolutely accept the results of the 2020 election. I did not like the result of the 2016 election and I accepted it as well. As a lawyer, elected official and citizen, it is paramount to me that we protect the integrity of the vote against fringe extremists. As well as those across the aisle who seek to put real barriers between legal voters and the ballot box.
jackson: I accept the results of the 2020 elections. I believe that the practices we put in place to ensure security during our elections were good. I fully support advance and postal voting and believe that everyone should have access to exercise their right to vote.
Governor Whitmer has asked the Supreme Court to decide whether the right to abortion is protected in the state constitution. What is your position on women’s reproductive rights in Michigan?
Hoskin: I absolutely support women’s right to choose, it’s an incredibly personal and private health decision and it’s disappointing to see it become such political football. Reproductive freedom is a fundamental freedom and I intend to support legislative measures that enshrine and protect these freedoms.
jackson: I am a pro-choice woman and am committed to supporting a woman’s right to choose what happens to her body.
Thinking about the recent school shootings that killed students in Uvalde and Oxford, what recommendations would you make in your efforts to prevent similar tragedies in the future?
Hoskin: I support common sense gun legislation like Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs), also known as “Red Flag Laws”, they empower families and law enforcement to prevent tragedies by firearm by temporarily restricting access to firearms for those at high risk of harming themselves or others. I support life-saving reforms like universal background checks, keeping guns out of schools, and taking “ghost guns” or illegally modified guns off the streets. I also support safe storage legislation which can help people better store their firearms away from children and those who should not use them.
jackson: I support raising the age of someone who can buy a gun, stricter background checks, and banning assault weapons and/or weapon attachments .
Do you support amending the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include LGBTQ people? Explain.
Hoskin: Yes. We are seeing more and more political and violent attacks against LGBTQIA+ people and it is crucial to enshrine protections for them in law. The fact that it’s 2022 and you can be fired for whoever you love is incredibly frustrating, especially to me as a member of the LGTBQ community.
jackson: Yes. Our LGBTQ+ community needs to be brought to the table when discussing human rights and discrimination.
What is the problem facing the state government that is not on the Michiganders’ radar and should be? What steps would you take to solve this problem?
Hoskin: As a local elected official, I would like to draw more attention to how the state government has reduced revenue sharing with municipalities. These funding shortfalls can be felt in everything from our dire infrastructure problems to jeopardized pensions for firefighters and police officers. Our local governments are simply not getting their fair share from the state – and our communities deserve better.
jackson: Gun control is an issue that is not talked about as much as it should be. As stated earlier, I believe there should be an assault weapons ban in our state that can curb mass shootings in places of worship and schools.