Kevin Counts Announces Bid for State Representative
For Immediate Release
January 27, 2022
Contact: Kevin Counts
Police Officer Kevin Counts Announces Bid for State Representative
PROTECTING US – READY TO SERVE
Grosse Ile, MI– Kevin Counts announced his candidacy for State Representative today for the new 27th District, which includes Gibraltar, Grosse Ile, Riverview, Trenton, Wyandotte and a portion of Southgate. Counts has been a police officer for nearly 25 years and is a U.S. Army veteran who served in Somalia.
“Like many of you, I have become more and more concerned by the direction our state is heading,” said Kevin Counts. “We have the ‘progressive’ left calling for the defunding of the police while protesting and demonizing our local police officers. We have politicians deciding what laws will be upheld and against whom. And, we have a criminal justice system that has been a revolving door for decades that is only getting worse. Government is failing at its number one responsibility: protecting its citizens.”
In Kevin Counts’ nearly 25 years of police experience, he was a Detroit Police Sergeant and served briefly in Farmington Hills before deciding to join the Grosse Ile Police Department, where he has worked for nearly 15 years. Kevin is also the President of the local union, the Grosse Ile Police Officers Association.
With the pandemic, despite teachers’ efforts, schools have seen a decline in the quality of education. However, declining education is not new. Students in Michigan have been struggling for years due to policies outside of the classroom. For example, when it comes to reading, 4th grade students dropped from 28th in the nation in 2003 to 38th in 2019, with only 32% proficient.
“As a state, we must also address our public education system,” said Counts. “Our education system has deteriorated. We have a constant threat of violence in our schools, test scores are declining, students are struggling, and reading abilities are at record lows. It is time we stop the political rhetoric, support our quality teachers, listen to parents, and start making our kids' education a priority.”
“As a police officer and as a veteran, I have spent most of my life protecting others. As your Representative, I will continue to do everything within my power to protect those I represent as well as those who protect us - our police, fire, EMS, and medical personnel. I will also fight to fix our schools by listening to our teachers and by giving both our kids and parents a voice,” concluded Kevin Counts.