Dear Gregory Creswell,It is my pleasure to inform you that after reviewing your answers on our 2018 candidate questionnaire, our Citizens for Traditional Values PAC board is pleased to endorse your candidacy for Michigan State Representative, District 1 in the 2018 Primary Election. CTV has a 30 year history of preserving, protecting and promoting traditional values. The sanctity of life, parental rights, traditional marriage, limited government and religious freedom are of utmost importance to us and to our friends and supporters. Knowing that you also value these issues gives us great hope for the future of Michigan. This endorsement may or may not be exclusive in your race, as we have endorsed all who meet our standards and requirements. For a full listing of CTV endorsements, please visit our website. We wish you all the best as you work toward victory in August and November.Jenni CurtinExecutive Director810-623-4216
Why am I running?: To defend individual rights and the free market. To repeal the no-fault law, to reduce the power, control, and access to our income by politicians.
The biggest issue: Money! I believe, as a Libertarian, that “taxation is theft”. The many ways politicians have access to our income. By charging us fees, to purchase permits, licenses, tacking on regulations etc. Income confiscation by politicians/government.
Priorities: What are your top state legislative priorities and how would you address them?
- Repeal the no-fault law. Why, because “Our car insurance is too damn high”. I will sponsor or co-sponsor legislation to do it. The same for legislation to allow out of state purchasing and selling of car insurance. I will sponsor or co-sponsor legislation to repeal all taxes, fees, permits, licenses, regulations etc associated with the insurance business.
- Reducing the power and control of politicians within MI. To help from within the legislature, to make it a part-time government body. Along with cutting their pay, staff size, benefits etc, reductions must be made in legislator’s power, control, and access to our income via the taxes, fees, permits, licenses, regulations etc.
- Sponsor or co-sponsor legislation to end all state, county or local government asset forfeiture. That legislation would provide restitution to anyone whose property has been impounded, frozen or seized by state, county or local government. Far too many of these cases have happened when no one has been convicted of a crime.
- Repealing all government fees, taxes, permits, licenses and regulations within MI.
Education: What measures do you support/propose to achieve improved educational outcomes for students and for school districts?
I would improve education by getting government out of the education business. Which means “removing (government) coercion” from education, i.e. taxes, fees, permits, regulations, licenses etc. Defend and support tax-free private scholarships to help those that need it. And I would be an advocate for parents who wish to educate their children as best they see fit.
Elections: What policy changes do you support regarding campaign funding and voting rights for Michigan voters?
The removal of all campaign funding caps, limits etc. But have immediate disclosures fall under the jurisdiction of the MI state police to verify that each donor is a US citizen and or a US based company. While each donation information must be released to the public 365 days after such donation. As for voting rights, I would make it a priority to fight voting fraud; the state must verify that only Michigan residents who are US citizens vote, and that they only vote once per election.
Economy: What policies do you support to increase jobs and help Michigan residents improve their economic positions?
Repeal all government fees, taxes, permits, licenses, regulations etc within the state of Michigan. I would defend and support the free market and individual rights.
Energy & Environment: What actions or policies do you support to meet Michigan energy needs while protecting our water, air and land for current and future generations?
When it comes to the issue of energy, I support ending all government protected monopolization of energy companies within Michigan. Open the energy business up to the free market completely (no taxes, fees, permits, licenses regulations etc) while simultaneously defending individual rights. Private enterprise must be allowed to expand and prosper. Auction off 99% of state-owned land/property etc. and send the money to the taxpayers. As for the environment, a “private property based system” will “protect the environment and private property” much better. Having all polluters pay their victims is a win-win for all.
How would getting elected help you achieve those goals? Because I would be inside the government, I would gain credibility with the citizens & voters within and outside my district. I would be able to prove that big government doesn’t work. So I would sponsor and or cosponsor bills to repeal all laws that violate individual rights and the free market. And lastly, to show that big government oppresses economic freedoms and our liberties.
Why are you the best candidate? I am the best candidate: Because, the Libertarian Party, the party I voted for, for the first time in 1988, who I joined in 1992, has been consistent in defending individual rights, the free market and supporting small government.I would be inside the government, I would gain credibility with the citizens & voters within and outside my district. I would be able to prove that big government doesn’t work. So I would sponsor and or cosponsor bills to repeal all laws that violate individual rights and the free market. And lastly, to show that big government oppresses economic freedoms and our liberties.
- Chadsey High School graduate, class of 1975.
- Attended Wayne County Community College for Fire Science (FS) and Fire Protection Technology (FPT).
- Currently employed with the same company for over 42 years. Present position: Medical Records Clerk.
How old are you? 60 years.
Past service in public office. I have fulfilled the legal requirements to qualify. I have no elected experience; I am a citizen statesman, not a professional politician.
What is your Facebook profile? http://www.facebook.com/gregorycreswell
What is your Twitter profile? @4creswell
Tell us some tidbits about your personal life
- I am a founding member of Brass Roots (a pro-2nd amendment group).
- I supported the MCRI ballot issue in 2006.
- I have been married since 1982, and we have 2 adult children and 1 grand-daughter.
- My favorite job was paperboy.
- I believe that “taxation is theft”.
- I love Star Trek.
Libertarian Party of Michigan
PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE ISSUE, April 25th, 2017
Detroit MI – Libertarians are having their first primary in Michigan history. The filing deadline for the special election of Michigan’s 1st State House District was at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, and noted Libertarian activist Gregory Creswell will be running unopposed.
He will be the first candidate of any third party to appear in a primary election since 1998, and will be the first third party candidate to ever appear in a special election primary… at least since the current election law was enacted in 1954. “We were unable to determine if any Michigan third party candidates were balloted in publically run special election primaries (as opposed to private caucuses) before that date, so this may very well be the first such primary ever.” Said Libertarian Party of Michigan (LPM) political director Scotty Boman. *
Libertarians achieved primary ballot status because of Libertarian Presidential candidate Gary Johnson’s Michigan vote count in 2016. The special election was called because Democratic 1st District Representative Brian Banks resigned his seat after admitting to providing false information in the course of applying for a loan. That primary will be held on August 8th, 2017 to coincide with the City of Detroit’s non-partisan municipal primary. Creswell filed for the Special Primary on March 30th but more Libertarian candidates could have filed any time up through April 25th.
Creswell is probably best known for being instrumental in the success of the Michigan Civil Rights initiative (MCRI). As the volunteer organizer, starting in 2004, he ensured that the measure got on the ballot in 2006. He made frequent appearances on talk radio, as well as being interviewed on television and in print about the initiative.
In 2006 Creswell placed third, as the only candidate for Governor to support MCRI, while also being the only African American in that race. In spite of opposition from the mainstream political establishment, the measure was overwhelmingly supported by the electorate.
Libertarian Party of Michigan Chairman was noticeably excited about Creswell’s entry into the primary, “The Libertarian Party is proud to have such a principled candidate as Greg Creswell for this special election. Voters in Detroit deserve a viable alternative to one-party representation. The historic nature of any non-Republican / non-Democrat engaging in the primary is a wonderful opportunity to be heard. Greg’s effort is a bell-weather of our commitment to the cities of the 1st District and their citizens, who are starved for freedom from political machines and being taken for granted”
Since he is the only Libertarian in a partisan election this year, he is anticipating unprecedented support from Libertarians throughout the state. “I will campaign in defense of individual rights and the free market. Which means, if I am elected, I will seek to completely repeal the No-Fault law, deny politicians access to our income and support Constitutional carry gun rights.” Said Creswell. His goal is to be the first Libertarian to serve in Michigan’s House of Representatives.
* Research by Greg Stempfle: https://gregstempfle.com/2017/04/04/greg-creswell-and-the-adventures-of-third-party-primaries/
Gregory Creswell, Candidate
Bill Gelineau, Chair
Libertarian Party of Michigan
Scotty Boman, Political Director
Libertarian Party of Michigan
Michigan’s First State Representative District has been left without representation. As a resident of this district, I have long thought we could use better representation, and I am now stepping forward to humbly request the opportunity to be your voice in the Michigan House of Representatives.
This year voters will have a special opportunity. The primary election will have 3 parities in it. Voters will still have the option of voting in the Republican or Democratic primaries, but they can also chose to vote in the Libertarian primary. That is the one I’m running in. I have been a Libertarian since the 1980’s and the Libertarian Party remains my political home.
I look forward to speaking with you in the days ahead on how we can rise above recent setbacks and work together for a more prosperous and liberated future. For now I have included a little information about our district.
The district boundaries:
- Part of Detroit (Boundary details are listed here)
- The portion of the city beginning at Gratiot and E. 8 Mile Road, east on 8 Mile to Kelly, southwest on Kelly to Kingsville, east on Kingsville to Mack, south and west on Mack to Opal, west on Opal to E. Warren, west on E. Warren to Marseilles, north on Marseilles to Frankfort, west on Frankfort to University Pl., south on University Pl. to Warren, west on E. Warren to Guilford, south on Guilford to Munich, west on Munich to Cadieux, north on Cadieux to E. Warren, west on E. Warren to Yorkshire, south on Yorkshire to Cornwall, west on Cornwall to Bedford, north on Bedford to E. Outer Drive, west on E. Outer Drive to Nottingham, south on Nottingham to E. Warren, west on E. Warren to Phillip, north on Phillip to E. Edsel Ford Freeway, west on E. Edsel Ford Freeway to Chalmers, north on Chalmers to Kilbourne, west on Kilbourne to Dickerson, north on Dickerson to Flanders, west on Flanders to Annsbury, south on Annsbury to Wilfred, west on Wilfred to Gratiot, northeast on Gratiot to East 8 Mile Rd., the point of beginning.
- All of Grosse Pointe Woods
- All of Harper Woods city
- The Wayne County portion of the Village of Grosse Pointe Shores.
I will be posting a profile at http://www.politicalbank.com/find-candidates/gregory-creswell
Please feel free to visit.