Washtenaw Community College Trustee David Rutledge may be the overwhelming favorite to win a seat in the State House of Representatives in the heavily-Democratic 54th District, but that isn't stopping his opponent, Richard Deitering, from taking aim at an upset.
"I see my state needing me," said Deitering, 49, of Belleville, pastor of the Free Bible Church in Ypsilanti.
As for the comments made by Deitering
, Rutledge expects nothing less.
"Imagine your first year of college," Deitering
"You go in, you don't know which way is up, you don't know what to do, you just chose a major, and then you throw on there, 'How am I going to pay for this?
How are my parents going to afford this?'
"I think (the K-13 plan) will entice more (students) to further their education, at least to an associate's degree."
But the institutions that receive funding must be more careful how they spend it, Deitering
"Part of that would mean community colleges have to be more responsible with their money," he
"No more spending a half-million dollars on a board room.
I can think of a lot of better ways to spend a half a million dollars on the students than making sure the board room was more comfortable for the board.
If I was on the board, I would say, 'Put us in a classroom and lock the door until we get things done.'"
Deitering, of course, was referring to WCC spending upwards of $450,000 to renovate ML 150, a former music room that now serves as the community room.
It may be one of the few topics they agree on, but Deitering
concurred, voicing his
passion for the state as a grandfather and a conservative pastor.
"I realized that 80 percent of my congregation was either unemployed or under-employed," he