Teri Aiuto may be the challenger in the upcoming race for the 52nd District State Representative Seat, but just because she hasn’t held office in Lansing doesn’t mean there isn’t depth and experience in this candidate’s background.
“I’m a small-business owner, a long-time public servant, a community advocate and a proud mother,” said the 54-year-old mother of two teenage sons who was the Sharon Township Clerk for 16 years. “I’m running for State Representative because voters in the 52nd District deserve a strong and trusted voice in Lansing.”
Aiuto is the sole Republican seeking to unseat incumbent Donna Lasinski, who is the only Democrat filed to run in the 52nd District. Because of this, following the Aug. 7 primary election, the two will square off in the Nov. 6 general election.
Aiuto, a licensed Real Estate broker and owner of Manchester Real Estate, LLC, is ready.
“For too long, professional politicians have claimed to represent the 52ndDistrict while using their position to advance special-interest agendas in Lansing,” she said. “It’s time to give a voice to the people.”
The 52nd District includes Chelsea, Dexter, Saline, Manchester Village, and the townships of Salem, Northfield, Webster, Dexter, Lyndon, Sylvan, Lima Scio, Sharon, Freedom, Lodi, Manchester, Bridgewater and Saline and Ward 5, Precinct 8 of Ann Arbor.
Aiuto is committed the area, having spent decades in the District as an elected official, entrepreneur, volunteer and family woman.
She is a graduate of Manchester High School and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Eastern Michigan University. Aiuto was elected to the Sharon Township Clerk from 1996-2012. She also served as Secretary on the Sharon Township Zoning Board for 18 years. Her volunteer activities include working with youth as a Washtenaw County 4-H assistant leader, as an MIHA middle and high school equestrian coach, and as a Parent-Teacher Organization member for Manchester Co-Op preschool. She has held many non-profit board positions, has chaired the finance council of St. Mary’s Church in Manchester and is a finance council member of Queen of the Miraculous Medal parish.
She also is the co-founder of T&N Service a lawn, landscape and snow removal business; and previously owned and operated Tropical Effects Tanning Salon; and the Real Estate property management company East Austin Ventures, LLC.
“I have the ability to look at line items in budgets and understand them, and to know what makes sense and what doesn’t,” Aiuto said. “I’m committed getting rid of wasteful spending, to finding solutions that working, and that’s not through higher taxes, that’s through using common sense when making out a budget.
“My years in business have taught me how to be responsible when budgeting. That’s something I will take to Lansing.”
Aiuto says “listening to voters and giving them a voice,” is the best advice she could give someone getting into politics. She also said she would tell them to “stick to their beliefs, and use common sense.”
Her priorities include budgeting to fix Michigan’s roads, working to decrease auto insurance rates and giving children a safe educational environment. She is a pro-life candidate who “strongly opposes higher taxes and will fight to cut wasteful spending of tax-payer dollars.”
When asked to give the biggest difference between her and the incumbent Lasinski, Aiuto said: “I’m pro-life, that’s the biggest difference. She supports Planned Parenthood, and I don’t. I think that’s the biggest difference.”
Aiuto, who also is a strong believer in the First and Second Amendments, said she believes voters want solutions that work, not higher taxes. She asserts “that the traditional platforms of the major parties have evolved over the years to the point that many voters say they no longer identify with either party and they vote strictly on the issues.
“There are a lot of independents in our district and that’s because they don’t identify with either party, they identify with issues,” she said. “Platforms of the parties have evolved over the past 50 years, but the issues don’t change. We still need good roads, we still need a safe environment for our children, and we still need common sense when constructing a budget.
“This is the thought process I will take to Lansing.”
Teri Aiuto will be hosting coffee hours and meet and greets throughout the 52nd District from now until Election Day. For more information, visitwww.teri4rep.com, facebook.com/teri4rep, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org