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Rep. Kathy Crawford launches bid for re-election
Novi's state house rep hasn't missed a vote in Lansing
March 28, 2016

NOVI, MI - State Representative Kathy Crawford (R-Novi) has taken her ‘never give up’ attitude to a whole new level. Crawford, who hopes to serve her loyal constituency for another two years as the 38th District House Representative, is proud to report that she has NEVER missed a committee or general session vote during her 1 years of service in Lansing.

In fact, when Crawford was named the mParks “Elected Official of the Year” by the Michigan Recreation and Parks Association (MRPA) last February, she missed the entire awards ceremony because she was in session all week at the State Capital.

“I’ve never missed a committee or general session vote as a State Representative,” Crawford said. “It’s very important to me that I serve all Michigan citizens to the best of my ability. “I’m results-driven,” Crawford explained when she recently announced her candidacy for re-election. “I’m all about ‘action’ and solving problems for the taxpayers in my district. When I see a problem, I want to get it fixed. That has always been my approach. I’ve brought an optimistic, common sense, passionate attitude to Lansing.”

Crawford’s philosophy has caught on like “wild fire” at the State Capital. The Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, for example, named Crawford as one of six “Lawmakers To Watch” in 2016. “I believe the Chamber award is recognition of my commitment to economic development and a friendly business climate for job creation,” Crawford said. “The southwest corner of Oakland County is the engine of business growth and prosperity in the state of Michigan. I’m proud to represent – and to support – such a dynamic region.”

Voters in the State’s 38th District will visit the polls at the November 8, 2016 general election to elect more than a President of the United States. Crawford will be on that same ballot as she seeks her second, 2-year term in Lansing. Crawford’s district includes Novi, Novi Township, Lyon Township, South Lyon, Walled Lake, and the Oakland County portion of the City of Northville.

“The 38th District seat has been a great opportunity for me to expand my knowledge and experience, so I can influence public policies, statewide, to help the local citizens who have been so loyal to me over the years,” Crawford explained. “My work in Lansing has only begun, and I’m excited to get another opportunity to serve my constituents for two more years.”

Crawford, whose husband is Oakland County Commissioner Hugh Crawford (R-Novi), was first elected to the State House in November 2014, after serving her native city of Novi for the previous seven years as an Oakland County Commissioner and Novi City Council Member.

Crawford’s public service began in Oakland County, where she directed programming for more than 30 senior centers through the Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency, an organization that also employed Crawford to manage and train staff to provide a variety of programs for low-income families in Oakland County. She was one of the first Senior Directors to become certified in the state of Michigan.

Crawford draws on more than 35 years of experience in the aging network, including the founding of the Novi Senior Center (Meadowbrook Commons), and building senior housing. Crawford now sits on five House Committees: Families, Children, and Seniors; Health Policy; Regulatory Reform; Capital Restoration; and Workforce and Talent Development, all of which impact legislation critical to quality of life and business competitiveness. Recognizing the importance of business investment to economic development and urban revitalization, Crawford continues to lead efforts such as extending rehabilitation tax abatements.

Crawford’s service in Lansing is laser-focused on assuring that her constituents get the opportunity to lead a better quality-of-life.

“Over the years, I have demonstrated what my constituents expect from a public servant: I’m a hard-working, grassroots ambassador for our growing communities,” Crawford said. “Voters deserve the type of independent, critical thinking that I bring to all issues. That’s why I was overwhelmingly elected to the House of Representatives 1 years ago.”

Crawford also brings a solid record for “common sense conservatism” to Lansing. This record has helped her develop a solid reputation for being genuine and authentic to her loyal voters. Crawford not only believes in economic opportunity and freedom, along with fiscal responsibility, but she also has been endorsed by the Right to Life of Michigan organization during her three previous campaigns for public office.

“I have an outstanding track-record as a good steward of taxpayer dollars,” Crawford said. “When I vote, I’m focused on ensuring that everyone’s tax dollars are invested properly…in education, economic development, transportation infrastructure and health-care services.”

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Crawford believes that citizen involvement in local, regional, state and national issues is critical to successful governance and problem solving. That’s why Crawford serves as a member and/or officer on a variety of volunteer committees and boards, in addition to her current State Representative responsibilities. Her “Community Involvement” resume reads like a “Who’s Who” list in the local region:

 Chair of Novi Historical Commission

 Chair of Michigan State Fair Senior Day

 Novi Pavilion Shores Conservancy Trustee

 Novi Library Friends volunteer

 Novi Senior Theater cast member and MC for the annual Senior Variety Show

 Past Secretary and active member of the Novi Oaks Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association

 Michigan State Fair Steering Committee

 Novi Retirees Association (including past Chairperson)

 West Oakland Republican Club member

 Oakland County Republican Executive Committee

Crawford is a tireless worker, who serves with tenacity and a can do philosophy. She’s proud of her solid record as a respected Leader at the local, county and state levels.

“I am very proud of my record as a Leader,” Crawford said. “In order to be a good Leader, you need to learn the art of persuasion, and I’ve developed that skill over the years. There are a lot of good ideas out there, but you need to be willing to act on them.

“I’ve been action-oriented my entire career. I understand the process. I know how to get things done for my constituents.”

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Crawford has earned and received numerous state and local awards for her community service and innovative program ideas. In 2011, she was named “Person of the Year” by novi.org. Other awards and recognition include the following:

1. 2016: Named mParks (Michigan Parks & Recreation) Elected Official of the Year

2. 2015: Named Detroit Regional Chamber's one of six "Legislators to Watch"

3. 2015: Inducted into the Michigan Parks and Recreation Hall of Fame

4. Honorary Lifetime member of the Optimist International Club (Honor Club Citation Award) 7

5. State of Michigan “Minuteman Award”

6. Michigan’s “Governor Milliken Award”

7. Michigan Recreation and Parks “Innovative Programming Award”

8. Business and Professional “Women of the Year Award”

9. Novi Parks and Recreation Foundation “Hugh and Kathy Crawford Award”

10. Novi Rotary Foundation “Paul Harris Fellow Award”

11. Novi’s Honoree on the City’s “Walk of Fame”

12. Novi’s “Outstanding Citizen Award”

13. Novi’s “Distinguished Service Award.”

Kathy and Hugh have been married for 51 years. They have three grown children, Doug, Amy and Kelly; and four grandchildren, Alexis, Devin, Mya and Amina. Kathy and Hugh were baptized and married at the Novi Methodist Church, now located on Beck just south of 10 Mile Road.

State Representative Kathy Crawford (middle) seated with her
husband, Oakland County Commissioner Hugh Crawford,
at last year’s Novi Memorial Day Parade ceremonies.