2010-04-08 / Front Page

Reyes latest candidate for state rep. seat

BY ROBERTO ACOSTA

Art Reyes Photo provided Art Reyes Photo provided GENESEE COUNTY — UAW Local 651 president Art Reyes has entered the ever-growing race for the 51st State House of Representatives position up for vote this fall.

Reyes, a Grand Blanc Township resident, filed his candidacy papers on March 31 for the seat and joins current seatholder and candidate Rep. Paul Scott, R-Grand Blanc, who is also a contender for the Secretary of State position this fall.

Reyes graduated with honors from Mott Community Colege and received his bachelors degree from Spring Arbor University Management and Organizational Development.

He served in the U.S. Army Reserves for eight years, has worked at the former AC Spark Plug and Delphi Flint East site since 1991 and served as president of UAW Local 651 since January 2007.

He’s also been involved in several community activities, including coaching youth baseball in Westwood Heights, Mt. Morris and Grand Blanc; youth football coach in Kearsley for two years and Grand Blanc Parks & Recreation youth football coach for six years; volunteer for and serving on boards for nonprofit organizations including the March of Dimes, Easter Seals, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Special Olympics, the Sam Duncan Memorial Scholarship Fund, the Spanish Speaking Information Center and the Greater Flint Job Corps Center.

In a statement announcing his candidacy for the representative spot, it states Reyes has focused much attention toward obtaining Trade Adjustment Assistance, or TTA, certification from the Department of Labor for workers affected by the bankruptcies of Delphi and General Motors. More than 1,500 employees have gone through some training with the aid of Reyes and others. He was named a Distinguished Alumni by Mott Community College and received the Catholic Charities Leadership Award for his work in retraining employees.

“As a married father of four, I know firsthand the difficulties faced by the people of the 51st District,” Reyes stated in the release. “We must be able to provide an atmosphere that will not only educate our children to compete in the global economy but the opportunity to remain, or come back home, to help drive Michigan’s future.”

He went on to note the need for a “real commitment” in bringing jobs back to the area and said “State government must balance the needs of the people with the creation of a fertile environment for businesses to take hold.”

“We have a well educated and skilled workforce but the opportunities are not there for so many hard working people in our community,” Reyes said. “This must change.”

The 51st District covers an area inlcuding the cities of Fenton, Goodrich, Grand Blanc, Mundy and the townships of Argentine, Atlas, Fenton, Grand Blanc and Mundy.

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