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Swift Files as Candidate for State Office

Everett Swift of Hillman has filed as a candidate for State Representative as a Republican in the 106th district serving Alcona, Alpena, Crawford, Montmorency, Oscoda, and Presque Isle Counties.

Hillman, MI, September 09, 2007 --( The seat currently is held by Rep. Matt Gillard, but he has reached term limits and cannot run again next year.

Swift said he decided to run because he was dissatisfied with Gillard and the state government as a whole.

"I don't feel the people are actually being represented," he said.

Although he will be running as a Republican, he doesn't agree with many of the party's values. He said he also thinks feuds between parties are hurting the state.

"The Republicans and Democrats keep blaming each other for everything and nothing gets done," he said.

If elected, Swift said he would like to focus on repealing federal restrictions on the production of industrial hemp.

"It could have a big impact on the local economy. It's not marijuana like everybody thinks," he said. "The U.S. is the only industrialized country that doesn't use it."

The resolution states that industrial hemp can be used to manufacture paper, paint, clothing, plastics, cosmetics, food and fuel.

Swift is not a farmer, so if hemp production was legalized he would not plan to grow it. He said he only sees it as a way to create new jobs in the area.

Swift said he would work with the communities to find ways to create jobs and help business stay in business.

Swift said,"In order to truly Represent my constituents I would like to set up a web based poll that explains each issue that comes to a vote in the house, they can vote online on the issue, do the same in the newspapers with a cut out that they can vote for or against the issue and mail it in to my office. The way the community votes will be the way I vote. I would never vote to raise taxes unless my constituents approve it. There is too much government interference in our lives and we need to uphold the constitution of the United States. Budget cuts should start at the top, the governor, senators, and the house of representatives should take a cut in pay before even considering budget cuts to schools, or raising taxes."

A native of Rosine, Ky., Swift moved to Hillman in 1984 and married his wife, Karen, in 1986. He lived in Las Vegas from 1986 until 1993, and then he moved back to Hillman. He has two children - a son, Mikhail, 17, and a daughter, Nakita, 15.

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