Kenneth Crider is running as a Republican candidate for U.S. Congress to represent for the remainder of Thaddeus McCotter's term and for the 2013-15 term. Crider will be on the Sept. 5 special primary. Other Republican candidates are , Steve King, Kerry Bentivolio and Carolyn Cavanagh. The Republican winner of the special primary will face Democrat David Curson in the Nov. 6 election.
Here are Crider's responses to Patch's candidate questionnaire:
Ken was born at the Garden City Hospital here in Michigan, 1965.
Mr. and Mrs. Crider were married at St. Priscilla Church in 1985 and a few years later, in 1989 they were blessed with the birth of their son Nick. Mr. and Mrs. Crider recently celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary and their son Nick is a 2007 graduate of Stevenson High School in Livonia.
City of residence:
The Crider family calls Livonia home and continue to live in Livonia. Ken and Penny Crider attended and graduated from the Clarenceville School District.
Ken has been employed as a supervisor in the commercial sheet metal industry for 27 years. During this time he has been blessed to work with so many intelligent and dedicated men and woman, union and non-union, that work each day to better and improve their communities.
After Ken graduated from high school he went to trade school to learn the heating and air conditioning trade.
Ken has always gone out of his way to help those in need whether it be for a close friend or a stranger. Whether it has something to do with church needs or city needs, Ken will always be a helping hand and never looking for recognition.
What made you decide to run?
Ken would like to bring the issues of the common working men and women to Washington, D.C. taking from his 27 years of first-hand experience. Mr. Crider feels it's not about blue collar against white collar workers. It's not about them against us, it's about the American people and what they have lost. It's about regaining the American Dream. It's about applying common sense and making government smaller so we can get the American people back to work.
What issues do you see affecting your district?
Ken feels "the common man with common sense" is not represented in Washington. This is why, he has chosen to campaign for the vacated seat for the 11th District. Ken Crider is a common man with common sense who would be proud and honored to represent the people of the 11th District as a member of the U.S. Congress.