Tudor Dixon; steel manager, conservative talk show host

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The only female candidate on the GOP primary ticket, Tudor Dixon, says her background as a steel industry executive and conservative media host makes her the right choice for the job.

After signing issues saw the top two candidates miss out on the ballot, Dixon rose to the top in the polls and hasn’t budged much since.

Like many of his fellow candidates, Dixon made the decision to run in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I started talking to local business owners that I knew, because when you have a small business, you know people, and they were like man, this is really bad,” she said. “But it’s really bad overall, it’s not just COVID. We are really crushed.

Her experience as an executive at her father’s Muskegon steel foundry shaped her insight as a businesswoman and her desire to see businesses in Michigan subject to fewer regulations.

“Have we got to the point where the government is too big? And where can we lighten the government to help businesses? ” she says. “We have to look at how we can allow people to be prosperous as they go through regulations and licensing and all that. And how many licenses do we need? »

Dixon points to the time and expense of obtaining a barber’s license, and salons that are licensed to style but not wash hair as examples. She also pointed to cases of gas station or party shop owners who have employees selling to minors only to see all of their businesses under the same penalty.

After her stint in the steel industry, Dixon and her husband started Lumen News, a pro-America, pro-Constitution morning news show for middle and high school students. After enjoying some success with Lumen, Dixon was approached by a conservative Denver-based media company and soon found herself on camera as a host.

“Which was really great preparation for where we are now,” she said. “The thing that I learned when I was on the air every day is that I know each issue better inside and out. I better be really able to study this and understand and to listen to what people say.

Dixon, a mother of four and a breast cancer survivor, says her biggest problem is education. She is strongly opposed to the teaching of critical race theory and gender studies and wants more parental choice in the curriculum. On day one, Dixon said she would sign stalled legislation giving parents more power over what their children learn.

Concretely, she said she would also like to see all kindergartners entering school in 2022 to be proficient readers by the time Dixon hypothetically leaves office four years later.

Dixon also faced attacks from fellow candidates — both in on-air advertisements and on debate stages. Her endorsements by the Police Officer’s Association, Right to Life Michigan, and the powerful DeVos family earned her the label of an “establishment” candidate by others.

“Polls show it’s too late for them to go back and change the way they ran their campaigns,” Dixon said, “and it seems like it’s a case of nerves and jealousy and ‘I I’m just going to go after the person who did the work and is on top.’”

“It’s a turning point for the state,” she continued. “Either we get it back on track or we could potentially see a run down state like we’ve never seen before.”

Michigan’s primary election takes place on Tuesday, August 2. Polling stations are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Javier E. Swan