This is my home. My name is Amy East and I'm running for state representative in Michigan's 59th district.

Will you join us?

This is my home. My name is Amy East and I'm running for state representative in Michigan's 59th district.

Will you join us?

Homegrown Values

I grew up on a farm in Cass County and graduated from Constantine High School. My roots here go back nearly 200 years.  My ancestors weren't wealthy, didn't hold seats of power, but earned respect as trustworthy and hard-working folk.

Responsibility, honesty, and the value of hard work were passed down to me and my brothers from a very young age. We baled hay, built fence, picked rocks, helped Mom with the garden and Dad with maple syrup. We also learned the value and importance of family – whether walking over to Grandma & Grandpa Weston’s house to spend the day or getting together with our Davidhizar family for some of Gramps’ homemade ice cream, we always felt connected to something larger than ourselves.

When Joel and I had our daughter, we wanted to teach her these same values and to experience the same deep connection to this area.  The 59th district is my home, and I want it to be our children’s home too.

Building for the Future


Our modern public school system was created as a way to overcome poverty and create a more equal society. Sadly, the defunding of our schools and devaluing of teachers and education as a profession has resulted in a system that is far from equal throughout the state. Our teachers and children are losing valuable instruction time due to the burden of excessive testing.

As State Representative, I will support:

• Fully funding our public schools, in an equitable manner.
• Allowing flexibility in funding, thereby empowering school districts to target their unique needs.
• Eliminating the third-grade reading law and reducing government-mandated testing.
• Initiatives to aid in teacher recruitment and retention.


Our district is comprised of small towns surrounded by a lot of farm land. We need both to succeed if we hope to reduce the poverty in our area and rebuild the sense of community that we long for. Too many of our downtowns are filled with empty storefronts, while Main Street and Downtown Development groups struggle to fill them with viable local businesses. Meanwhile, our farmers are carrying large responsibilities on their shoulders. They are working long hours, handling the fluctuations in weather and the markets, trying to coax bigger yields from the land. We need to do a better job of supporting them and our small family farms.

As State Representative, I will support:

• Investment in our towns through support for small businesses.
• Tax incentives for renovation of historic structures, particularly using climate-resilient materials.
• Skilled labor programs, like CTE and vocational technology.
• Flexibility in best practices for farming so that farmers can adapt to their local conditions efficiently and effectively.
• Reward based programs for those farmers who show efforts to be good stewards of the land.
• Continuation of ag-based classroom education.
• School lunch programs using Michigan-grown foods.


Our district possesses a rich abundance of natural areas for sport, hunting, fishing, and recreation. And I think I speak for most when I say that we want our children to be able to enjoy them as well. At the same time, our climate is changing and severe events are becoming increasingly common around the world. Our communities and infrastructure need to be able to handle and recover from potential disasters to ensure that the things we love about this district – its farms, small towns, and natural areas – will still be there for our children.

As State Representative, I will support:

• Adequate funding for our conservation and parks districts, for hiring and education in areas like invasive species, agriculture, and land conservation.
• Programs for identification, mitigation, and prevention of contaminants such as PFAS that can impact our health and that of our kids.
• Initiatives for individuals, communities, and farms who utilize climate-resilient materials and methods.
• Programs for building and maintaining climate-ready infrastructure.

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