An urgent care doctor and former teacher wants to challenge state Rep. Ann Bollin, R-Brighton Township, for her seat in Lansing.
Donnie Bettes, D-Genoa Township, said in a release that she wants to bring her compassion for others to dealing with issues affecting residents of the 42nd House District.
“I started out my career as a teacher, then became a family physician, and finally an urgent care doctor,” Bettes said. “Responding to the needs of others and seeking solutions based on proven data, has always been at the core of my professional life, and that’s how I would act as your representative in Lansing.”
Bettes said she would focus her legislative efforts on three issues:
• Fighting for quality and affordable education for Michigan children, from preschool through post-secondary level.
• Protecting health care for all Michigan residents, including fighting the high cost of prescription drugs.
• Protecting Michigan’s environment and addressing climate change.
“Without a quality education, our young people cannot compete in the global market,” Bettes said, adding that reports state that Michigan lags nearly all other states in the growth of school funding, which is holding Michigan’s children behind. Her career as a math and science teacher in the 1970s and 1980s means she will always listen to the views of professionals in the classroom, she said.
“Health care is on everyone’s minds these days, and as an urgent care physician, I want to see health care available to everyone who needs it,” Bettes said. “With the loss of so many auto and manufacturing jobs in Michigan, many young people, especially those with children, are having to work two jobs just to make ends meet. Lack of affordable health care. and /or unexpected medical bills can have devastating financial repercussions, and hold them back from living the American Dream.”
Bettes has lived in Livingston County for 32 years: “One of the reasons I live in Genoa Township and Michigan is our state’s natural beauty: its lakes, forests, and coastline. We need to do more to protect our Great Lakes & other natural resources,” she said.
Bettes began her professional life as a science and math teacher, teaching in the Fitzgerald and Warren Consolidated school districts. She switched careers mid-life, went to medical school, and became a family physician in 1990. Since 2009, she has been an urgent care physician, and has a small business related to the provision of urgent care. She was chair of St. Joseph Hospital’s Family Medicine Department from 1994-1995.
A graduate of Oakland University, and Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, Bettes completed her residency in family medicine at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing.
Bettes has been and is active in the Crandal’s Crooked Lakes Homeowners Association; Sierra Club; LACASA; Big Brothers/Big Sisters; and Michigan Association of Family Physicians. She also is a former member of the Michigan Education Association. She has two grown sons.
The 42nd House District includes Genoa, Green Oak, Hamburg, Putnam and Brighton Townships, the City of Brighton, and the Village of Pinckney. People wanting more information can contact Bettes at firstname.lastname@example.org.