Dianda begins re-election campaign

HOUGHTON – Standing in front of supporters waving signs, State Rep. Scott Dianda announced he would run for re-election Friday at the Houghton County Courthouse.

Dianda, D-Calumet, is serving his first term in the State House for the 110th District. He defeated former Rep. Matt Huuki in 2012 after Huuki unsuccessfully ran against him the previous election.

Dianda said the area is starting to recover in job creation through developments such as the MTEC SmartZone.

“You’re looking at a lot of good future for a lot of things,” he said. “I’m proud to be starting that process, and I’m very proud to say that we’re here together, we’re all trying to build a better life for Michigan, and I want to continue that.”

If re-elected, Dianda would like to create more jobs, as well as reduce taxes for the middle class and retirees. In his first term he introduced legislation to restore a $600-per-child tax deduction, the Homestead Property Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit, and also proposed repealing the tax on senior retirement income.

“That has hit our area hard,” he said. “Our area is very much tied into retirees, and we’ve got to protect a lot of those things we’re getting taxed on.”

Dianda supporters said they believed he would be the best representative for the middle and working classes. John Kleiber was in town working with the Moyle Employees for Justice Coalition, which is seeking money owed to the employees in pension contributions.

“Scott is out here working very hard every day for the working class,” said Kleiber, representing the Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen, which will endorse Dianda in the campaign. “He is for education and our children’s futures, and we support him wholeheartedly. We’re supporting Scott because he’s as tired of watching the middle class and the working class get beat up as we are.”