Abigail Nobel of Salem Township announced her candidacy for the 80th State House of Representatives District Republican nomination on Monday, April 18th at 11:00 AM. The Republican primary will be held on August 2nd, 2016. The 48 year old health policy nurse says Lansing is just not listening to Allegan residents.
“Lansing, we have a problem,” says the woman who has traveled the state challenging the price increases and care deterioration of Obamacare. “Gender confusion in schools, higher road taxes, Detroit Public School bailouts, laws that promote special interests, and skyrocketing healthcare costs—this is not why we elected Republicans to government. We must do a lot better.”
Nobel, who holds a Master’s Degree in Politics from Hillsdale’s Graduate School of Statesmanship, seeks office to apply what she has learned. “First principles are vital to Michigan policy debates,” she says. “Allegan residents work hard for every paycheck. They spend their own money with care. People are generous, but they’re frugal, too, and they resent having to bail out corruption on the east side of the state over and over again. Passing the road tax increases over our vote doesn’t sit very well either, especially when the roads haven’t improved and the money appears to be going directly to Flint and an over-extended Medicaid.”
A third generation Allegan County resident, Nobel’s first full-time job was Nurse’s Aide at Sandy Creek Nursing Home in Wayland, MI. Since earning her BSN from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, she has served West Michigan residents at Holland Hospital, Borgess-Pipp Community Hospital, and Spectrum Health, earning specialty certifications in Medical/Surgical nursing and Ambulatory Care.
She credits her upbringing on an Allegan farm with giving her a good start in life and in healthcare. “I learned a lot feeding calves, milking cows, and helping sick animals. You meet the unexpected, and dealing with it develops a can-do attitude.” Memories include picking field corn and loading hay bales at her grandparents’ farm. “It was hot and dirty work, but it went faster with all of us working together. I learned it is immensely satisfying to finish that last load at the end of the day.”
“All” was quite a few. Abigail is the oldest of nine siblings. Her homeschooling family made news in the 1970s when the Wayland School District charged them with truancy. “My parents wanted different options for educating us. Back then homeschooling was unheard of. So they were arrested and then arraigned in Allegan County Circuit Court. We children found it intimidating, but inspiring, because my parents stood resolutely upon their biblical beliefs about God-given parental duties. Ultimately, the case was won on religious grounds and the right of conscience. It was a very personal education in civil rights for me; the cases cited by our constitutional lawyer echoed in my Civil Rights class at Hillsdale many years later.”
A long-time political activist for Right to Life, Right to Work, the Second Amendment, and term limits, Nobel has not waited to win office to make a difference in Lansing. “The first time I testified before a committee was against the Obamacare Exchange. I was nervous, but I had support of others, and we just had to speak out. People’s lives were at stake, and we knew it would be a financial disaster, too. We felt we had to keep Michigan from adopting major Obamacare components. The subsequent failure of most other states’ exchanges has proved us right. Michigan was saved from that fiscal disaster in large part because of our efforts.”
Since that political debut, Nobel has worked with individual legislators on bills affecting Common Core, vaccination, biologic drugs, and Medicaid advertising. Her policy work has had a core theme. “I target policies that raise our healthcare costs, interfere with individual rights, or compromise professional practice.” Her independent testimony has offered unique perspectives on issues ranging from midwife licensure to smart meters.
Nobel works to promote citizen involvement on issues that concern them. “Midwife licensure was big. So many parents have found home birth to be the best option for them, and that bill would have forced their midwives to jump through ridiculous hoops. So families and midwives came to Lansing for a Home Birth Freedom Lobby Day last November. I don’t think most of them had ever been there before. They didn’t know the process, why a legislator would listen to them, or even where to park. It was a tremendous effort to pull it together, but seeing the accomplishment on their faces at the end of the day was so rewarding!”
Abigail Nobel pledges to continue the fight to protect individual rights and family finances from state overreach and mismanagement. “I will support sound budgets and market oriented reforms, especially in the key areas of energy, healthcare, roads, welfare, and education. These will be the most important state issues over the next two years. I believe Reagan was right in saying government does not know how to spend people’s money better than they do.”
“The initiative to roll back exorbitant occupational license requirements from the Granholm era was a great idea, but it stopped short of healthcare. That’s the job I have prepared for, because taking down barriers like Certificate of Need would open up innovative competition and improve access for all of us.”
You can learn more about Abigail Nobel’s campaign at her website AbbyforAllegan.com as well as her public FaceBook page.