The 109th district includes Alger, Luce, a portion of Marquette and Schoolcraft counties. John Kivela of Marquetter currently serves his first term as state house representative. His time in Lansing has been used to benefit the people of the 109th district. Another term of office will allow him to continue that good work and ensure a leader in Lansing who is dedicated to representing the people and working for their best interests.
John Kivela graduated from Marquette High School in 1987. His professional background is in automotive; he managed a car dealership and worked in a family-owned service station. In 2006 he was elected to Marquette city commission. Kivela served as mayor of Marquette from 2008 to 2012. He is married with two children. His public service includes the children’s museum board, zoning board of appeals, the Ishpeming Federal Credit Union committee, and the Rotary Club.
Recent legislation introduced by John Kivela includes H.B 5615, this bill’s purpose is to stop production and distribution of methamphetamine. Meth production in the Upper Peninsula is a serious issue needs more resources to combat the problem. H.B. bills 5089 and 5090 work to stop the practice of “smurfing” or where several people involved in meth production purchase the legal limit of over-the-counter drugs to make the illegal drug. Mr. Kivela also recently showed his gratitude for the $6 million allocated to fix roads in the Upper Peninsula. He said that the state needs to do more to fix roads state-wide, as the infrastructure of the state is crumbling.
The Upper Peninsula needs a strong leader who knows the local people of his district, and works to make the community better. On November 4, re elect John Kivela for the 109th district.