Why I'm Running
Hello, my name is Nate Shannon and I am running to be your next Michigan State Representative in the 25th District. For the last three years, I have been proud to serve the residents of Sterling Heights as one of their city councilmen. Under the leadership of myself and the council, Sterling Heights is a model around the state for financial stability and progressive innovation of the community.
Growing up with parents who were dedicated teachers, it taught me the importance of public education. As a public school teacher myself, I believe that with some common sense policy reforms, we can do better to help our kids succeed in school and in life. Whether it be college or career, our students need to be well prepared for the 21st century economy.
Public service is a calling and I am dedicated to making our state a place that provides opportunities for everyone. One that provides the necessary services to our Seniors and Veterans. One that makes sure our kids are safe in school. One that protects our natural resources for future generation. And one that creates a thriving economy that provides good jobs for the working and middle class.
I hope you will join me in building a stronger Michigan that we can all be proud of.
As a public school teacher, I believe that we need to analyze the current state of our education system and prioritize programs and policies that will truly help our students succeed. K-12 education is crucial in developing core skills that will help our kids be productive members of society, and I will make it my top priority.
The infrastructure of Michigan has become so bad that it has become a danger to the wellbeing of our citizens. We need to finally fix our crumbling roads and bridges without forcing regular families to foot the bill for everything. I believe it will take a bi-partisan effort to fix our roads and bridges, and my experience working across party lines will help us achieve this goal.
Affordable College and Job Training
To build a highly skilled workforce and help our young people move into good paying jobs as soon as possible, we must work together to increase support for our skilled trades training programs and make college more affordable for all students and their families.
Protecting Pure Michigan
Michiganders share a special responsibility to protect the Great Lakes, because our economy and our families’ health all rely on clean water. We need a better balance between good jobs and a healthy environment, with strong protections for clean air and water.
Strong Families and Good Jobs
In Michigan, families should alway come first. That means protecting our freedom to negotiate together for the things our families need, like good jobs, strong paychecks, paid family leave, and great public schools for all our kids.
In January of 2015, I was unanimously appointed to a vacant seat on the Sterling Heights city council. Later that year, I was elected by the voters to continue my position as city councilman. I am currently in my third term after my re-election in November 2017.
Prior to my time on council I earned my Bachelors degree in Political Science from Oakland University, and my Masters degree in Education from Wayne State University.
I am also a high school economics, government and history teacher for L'Anse Creuse public schools in Clinton Township.
My wife Lori and I have three great kids.