The economy and health care are among the top issues facing candidates running in Michigan’s 4th District race

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. — Three candidates are currently vying to represent Michigan’s 4th District, which, due to redistricting, covers parts of Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Ottowa, Allegan and Calhoun counties.

For those in the running, the main issues they hope to solve include improving the economy and solving health problems.

Incumbent Republican candidate Bill Huizenga is running on a promise to create more jobs and increase the growth of the economy to help tackle the growing problem of inflation. He also says he would support initiatives that promote the use of more alternative energy rather than being dependent on foreign oil.

Huizenga also promises to help make health care more affordable, saying it is often “out of reach for far too many people”, adding that improving mental health care should be a priority.

He believes in supporting immigration reform, although he says border security must be a priority.

Democratic challenger Joseph Alfonso also wants to increase access to health care and promises to work with small businesses to create more job opportunities, to help those without a college degree earn living wages and stimulate the economy.

Alfonso also supports extending more tax incentives to clean energy providers and, like Huizenga, calls for immigration reform, but believes citizenship should be easier to obtain for immigrants.

Also in the running is Libertarian candidate Lorence Wenke, who proposes health care costs could be improved by offsetting them by taxing “harmful” products containing alcohol, sugars and trans fats. To help improve the economy, Wenke backs the call for higher taxes for the wealthy, the return of manufacturing jobs to America, and cuts in financial aid for the unemployed who “could work and refuse.”

Wenke also calls for border security to control illegal immigration.

The elected candidate would serve two years in the House of Representatives.

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