State House districts were redrawn after the 2010 Census, but the new 46th District is still solidly Republican, representing Orion, Oakland, Oxford, Addison and Brandon townships. Incumbent Republican Bradford Jacobsen is running for re-election against Democratic challenger Daniel Sargent. Both men live in Oxford.
Jacobsen was elected to the House in 2010 and is completing his first term. A graduate of Michigan State University, he is vice president of Jacobsen's Flowers. He was an Oxford Township Trustee for 16 years (1984-2000) , then was elected to the Oakland County Board of Commissioners. He is also a past chair of the Lake Orion Downtown Development Authority.
Sargent teaches economics and sociology at Oxford High School. A Navy veteran and former Orion resident, he served on the Lake Orion Board of Education 1990-94. His education includes a Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Michigan-Flint and two master’s degrees in education. He has worked on school millage campaigns and served as a member of Oxford Schools Strategic Planning Committee.
Jacobsen said his priorities are the budget, regulatory reform, jobs and roads. In 2011, he was the primary sponsor of House Bill 5002, which amended Michigan's 100 year old Worker's Compensation System.
“This bill has allowed for modernization of the state agency that runs Worker's Compensation including electronic record keeping, better transparency, and faster claims processing. Overall, the legislation reduced Worker's Compensation premiums by over 2%, saving businesses millions of dollars,” he wrote on his campaign Website, BradfordJacobsen.com. “This is the type of job creating reform we need in Michigan.”
Sargent said his issues include a rigorous curriculum for schools, encouraging post high-school education, the economy and an efficient, limited state government.
“I believe that a leader must be an effective listener,” he said on his Website, DanSargentforstaterep.com. “All citizens of Michigan, including business owners, consumers, educators, parents and learners must work together to further develop our ability to compete globally.”