Tom McMillin Announces State Senate Run
Originally printed 7/18/2013 (Issue 2129 - Between The Lines News)
ROCHESTER HILLS - The politician who fought against the right of cities to pass inclusive human rights ordinances, and was among those in the Hungry 4 Equality's "Hall of Shame" has announced plans to run for State Senate.
McMillin is term-limited out of his State House seat in 2014, and is looking to replace State Senator George Pappageorge, who is also unable to run again due to term limits. McMillin will be running for the newly-redistricted 13th district, which represents Berkley, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Clawson, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Royal Oak, and Troy.
He was elected to the House in 2008, and has also served as a county commissioner and the mayor of Auburn Hills.
While McMillin is campaigning on a platform of smaller government, constitutional rights, ending abortion, and ending Common Core education policies, his most notable record is that of condemnation against the LGBT communities.
From 1994 to 1997, McMillin was field director for the anti-LGBT Michigan Christian Coalition. In 2000, he was treasurer of Oakland County Residents for Equal Rights Not Special Rights, the group that opposed Ferndale's LGBT-inclusive Human Rights Ordinance. In 2011, McMillin introduced a bill that would have amended the state's 1976 Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act to limit protected classes to those outlined in that law, and abolish any local human rights ordinances that had been passed by cities and townships.
McMillin has more recently spoken out against the human rights ordinance that was passed in Royal Oak and must now go to a public vote. He's also come under fire for accepting campaign contributions from the Morourn family, known for their persistent fighting against another bridge between the U.S. and Canada. A 2012 report shows that Michigan McDonald's Operators and Great Lakes Education Project are also contributors.
McMillin's official campaign page can be found at http://tommcmillin.com. Another website keeps tabs on the things McMillin does that fail his constituents, which can be found at http://www.mcmillinwatch.com/.
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