Three of the five Republicans running in Michigan’s 10th Congressional District primary election on August 2 are or have been state lawmakers. Phil Pavlov spent six years in the Michigan House of Representatives before being elected in 2010 to the State Senate, where he chairs the Education Committee. As he nears the end of his term in Lansing, Pavlov says good relationships are essential to good government. That includes being available to constituents and giving them good service, something he says Washington lacks. Pavlov also tells WDET’s Pat Batcheller it means being able to overcome partisan divisions to get things done for the district.
“Will partisanship go away in this next election? Absolutely not. Will there be a new recognition that if we don’t figure this out and figure it out quick, we’re all going to be doomed? I think that’s the prevailing thought that’s on America’s mind,” Pavlov says.
Pavlov blames President Obama for the partisanship and political divisions among Americans over race, class, sexual orientation, and other issues. Pavlov also says the Obama administration has done a poor job handling national security and border security. If elected, Pavlov says he will work to cut spending and taxes. Click on the audio player to hear the conversation.