Meet the Candidate: Caitlyn Perry Dial (MI)

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Caitlyn Perry Dial – Michigan – Livingston County Commission – District 7

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background.

I am very involved in the community as a member of the Brighton District Library Board of Trustees, City of Brighton Zoning Board of Appeals, and Brighton Area Historical Society. I am also vice president of the Michigan Museums Association, which is a statewide organization committed to building thriving museums for thriving communities. Community is at the heart of what I do and I aim to build it here in District 7.

Why are you running for office?

I am running because I believe that the people of Livingston County deserve to have a diversity of voices on the county commission. One-party rule in this county has marginalized the voices of almost half of the voters who live here. I want a seat at the table to give everyone an opportunity to be heard.

What are the three biggest issues facing your community?

1. Internet for all
2. Funding for mental health services and our health department
3. Affordable housing

How do you propose to solve those problems?

1. Use all of the available American Rescue Plan funds to bring broadband internet to every corner of our county.
2. Prioritize these services in the budget and stop playing politics with public health.
3. Create a task force that works with townships and cities to prioritize affordable housing in these areas. Access to good, affordable housing is good for the local economy, good for the health and well-being of our low-wage workers, and good for our communities.

What is your stance on environmental and climate concerns that are facing your community?

Our community faces an uphill battle with PFAS contamination in our waterways and out-of-control flooding in the Huron River. As caretakers of our environment, we need to do everything possible to clean up our messes. As commissioner, I can work with state and federal entities to prevent further contamination and regulate the flow of our rivers and streams so residents are no longer in fear that the next flood will take out their home.

What commonsense gun safety measures would have the most impact on your community?

While there is little the county commission can do to enact commonsense gun laws, I aim to work with state legislators to finally pass red flag laws that would make it impossible for domestic and child abusers to purchase a gun. In addition, I would work to support closing shooting range loopholes and shift responsibility to shooting ranges to do background checks on those renting firearms.

How would criminal justice reforms impact your community?

We need comprehensive anti-bias training for all county employees, including our sheriff deputies.

How would you work to protect a woman’s reproductive health?

Livingston County already has a bad reputation when it comes to restricting the rights of women to make their own choices regarding their reproductive health. I aim to prevent any further restrictions in county health care plans and will work to add abortion coverage back to health care plans.

What measures would you advocate to ensure that your constituents have the right to vote?

I would work to ensure the county commission never acts to prevent the right to vote.

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