Candidate Profile, Sherry Gay-Dagnogo, US Congress; Detroit area

DETROIT — Democrat Sherry Gay-Dagnogo is one of many candidates seeking the newly drawn U.S. 13th Congressional District, which includes large sections of Detroit. Here is how she completed her candidate profile:

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City or town of residence

Detroit

Wanted office

US Congress

District, if applicable

Borough #13

Party Affiliation

Democrat

Education

MS, Education, Wayne State University; M.Ed, Educational Technology, Wayne State University

Occupation

Government Relations Advisor

Family

A grown son, Jordan, a DPS and Cass Tech graduate, and a rescue Beagle-Pointer named Bella.

Does anyone in your family work in politics or government?

Nope

Age

55 years

Previous civil service, nominative or elective

Yes, I am currently an at-large member of the Detroit Public Schools Board of Education; took office in January 2021. Served three two-year terms in the Michigan House of Representatives (2014-2020).

Why are you looking for this office?

I seek to be elected to the United States Congress to fight against injustice, inequality and injustice. I want to change the national direction of workforce development and job creation; maintaining free and fair elections, which are the cornerstone of our democracy, and fighting for environmental justice that impacts urban areas.

What are the main differences between you and the other candidates for this position?

I am the only grassroots candidate in the race with a 100% pro-choice, pro-job rating who served in 1). the Michigan House of Representatives (2014-2020) and 2). the Detroit Public Schools Board of Education (2021-present).

As a state representative, I sponsored the Clean Slate and Good Moral Character Acts that reformed regulatory rules to give certain ex-offenders access to nearly a million licensed jobs. I operate under the idea that working class and disaffected Americans must dismantle the barriers to gain equity and parity in this country.

Additionally, I have also been recognized by legislative and community groups for building effective coalitions to make government more accessible and responsive.

If you are challenging an incumbent, how has the current incumbent let the community down?

N / A

Do you think the federal government can or should do more to curb inflation, which has driven up the prices of food, gasoline and other goods?

There are no easy answers to solving inflation. I believe the Federal Reserve Bank is on the right track with high interest rates. However, moderate rate hikes should be offset by the ability of workers to protect their wages from price pressures. If rates are raised too aggressively and wage protections fail to respond to this aggression, the economy will suffer.

The same will be true if interest rates and wage increases turn into tit-for-tat competition. There is some light in mitigating the economic distortions imposed by COVID-19 as they are very likely to become less extreme and real wages are realized. Finally, the solution may be personal to each household and will not be the easiest to do: find ways to spend less and save and/or invest more, if possible.

I understand that the COVID-19 crisis is the root cause of inflation. During the initial phases of the pandemic, to a degree unprecedented in history, spending shifted towards consumption of goods and residential investment, away from services and government. At the same time that this shift in demand happened, global supply chains collapsed because COVID-19 outbreaks shut down ports around the world. These distortions caused by the pandemic, both on the demand side and on the supply side, are at the root of inflation.

Federal spending has not played the part in inflation that some claim it has. COVID-19 economic relief has helped families stay afloat during a time when America has lost more than a million lives to the coronavirus and hundreds of thousands of frontline workers were left without a ‘use. Due to federal spending, vaccination rates are increasing in major global manufacturing and shipping centers. Freight costs and other measures of supply chain bottlenecks appear to be easing. More importantly, purchases of durable goods fueled by demand and affordability are unlikely to continue.

Do you support changing the state constitution to ensure that women have the right to have an abortion?

Yes, I believe reproductive freedom should be protected by the state constitution. I understand that actions are underway to put an amendment on the November ballot that would strike down a 90-year-old state law that makes abortion a crime, even in cases of rape or incest.

Do you support the Raise the Wage ballot initiative, which would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2027 and provide cost-of-living increases in subsequent years?

Yes, I support Michigan’s Raise the Wage ballot initiative. As a state representative, I voted for the One Fair Wage and MI Time to Care citizen ballot initiatives that were later gutted by the opposing party. I believe then, as I do now, that the referendum process is an incredible opportunity for ordinary citizens to have their voices heard.

We’re keeping an eye on California, which recently announced that the initiative to raise the minimum wage from $15 to $18 an hour will feature on the 2026 ballot.

Do you support an election initiative to demand another audit of the 2020 presidential election, transfer authority over the audit from the Secretary of State to a newly created audit committee, and change the way elections are considered in the future?

No, I would not support an election initiative to demand another audit of the 2020 presidential election and transfer authority to a Secretary of State Audit Committee. There was no substantial fraud in the 2020 election, as determined by the United States Attorney General and election officials across the country.

However, fraud was reported in post-election activities. According to reports, the FBI and the Justice Department are investigating 84 people in seven states, including Michigan, for allegedly signing false documents that declared the former president the winner of the 2020 election.

I disagree with attempts to transfer all power and function from the Secretary of State to an unknown and untested entity whose composition and purpose have not yet been fully determined or disclosed.

What other issues do you intend to address during your campaign?

I intend to address gun violence, education, fairness for firefighters, environmental issues, and health care disparity.

What accomplishments in your past would you cite as proof that you can handle this job?

My actions to expand workforce development and criminal justice reform through the Michigan Clean Slate and Good Moral Character Acts. Additionally, my co-sponsorship of the Reproductive Health Act to protect women’s right to choose and not be sued if they choose to have an abortion.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

Lead with your heart and work with unwavering determination.

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you and your duties?

As a former Detroit City Council staffer for nearly 10 years, I learned firsthand about the myriad issues plaguing many urban communities and became committed to championing quality education, safe public service and equal access to opportunities. I have been and always will be a voice for the voiceless. I am a natural connector who will meet the needs of a very diverse district and broker alliances that will benefit families no matter where they live in the 13th Congressional District.


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