Kim LaSata

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Kim LaSata, State Representative — R- St. Joseph

MY PROFESSION ... MYSELF

I am a certified elementary teacher, and taught at Lake Michigan Catholic Schools for more than 10 years. I was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2015. I am a graduate of Lake Michigan Catholic High School and earned a bachelor's degree in education and a master's degree in literary studies from Western Michigan University.

WHY I BECAME A STATE LAWMAKER

I have been involved with helping candidates since I was a senior in high school when I made phone calls for Ronald Reagan. I had always had an interest in one day running for political office. That time came last year when I was reviewing the people who had announced their candidacy for State Representative. My feeling was that there wasn't a strong candidate, so I filed.

MY CAMPAIGN EXPERIENCE

My campaign began when I filed to run at the end of March. I would leave Lake Michigan Catholic Elementary, where I taught, at 3:30, and knock on doors until 7:30. When school was out for the summer, I began my door knocking earlier, and ended later. During my campaigning, I contacted the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and asked to meet with them; they graciously agreed. After interviewing my opponents, the Chamber agreed to endorse me. The support wasn't just financial. I could always discuss issues with someone from the Chamber, and they were a great sounding board and motivator.

TOP LEGISLATIVE ISSUE

The most important legislative issue to tackle this session is auto insurance reform. When I knocked on doors this past election cycle, the high cost of auto insurance in Michigan was brought up frequently. As a legislator, it is my job to not only deliver for the people of my district, but to always look to keep Michigan competitive. By fighting for responsible auto insurance reform, I would be doing both.

ON A PERSONAL NOTE

After I earned a bachelor's degree in education, I stayed home and had four children. When my youngest was three, I started teaching and earned a master's degree in literary studies. After about 10 years of teaching, I decided to run for State Representative.