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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Re: The 89th District State House Primary

With Major Garrett in Birch Run waiting for Donald J. Trump's press conference




































There will be *much* more information released over the coming days and weeks, but I wanted to take a moment to say I am excited to announce my candidacy for State House in the 89th District to replace the Hon. State Representative Amanda Price.

Thanks to MLive.com, MIRS, Gongwer News Service, Grand Haven Tribune, WHTC, the Holland Sentinel, and others for covering my candidacy, as well as all those who have passed on words of support! ‪#‎LetsCleanUpLansing

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Below is my statement on the race:

"Lansing politicians have failed Michigan families. Again and again, they have shown they don't serve the people who elect them, they do the bidding of lobbyists, donors, and special interests.

Despite a Republican majority, Michiganders have seen gas taxes go up, vehicle registration taxes go up, government grow by billions annually, and shady deals like the Senate Building scandal that takes millions from taxpayers and hands them out to a well connected GOP donor-it's disgusting.

Unfortunately, neither of my opponents has shown any willingness to stand up and fight Lansing on behalf of Michiganders, that's why I decided to run.

It's time to take back our state-it's time to clean up Lansing. "

>>>Here is an excerpt from Tuesday's MIRS report regarding my candidacy for the 89th State House seat:

"Former Rep. Todd COURSER today filed to run for Lapeer County Prosecutor against the Republican incumbent who declined to push charges against Joe GAMRAT or David HORR for working together to send him threatening text messages last year.

Tim TURKELSON had reviewed the information collected by the Michigan State Police, but said since the text messages were designed to get Courser to end his affair with Gamrat's wife, then-Rep. Cindy GAMRAT, it didn't raise to the level of criminal extortion (See "Police: Gamrat Husband Worked With Security Guard To Text Wife, Courser," 11/16/15).

Courser wrote in a statement that it is important to make sure the position "is not used for personal benefit or political advantage...

Meanwhile, Brandon HALL, the West Michigan Politics editor who posted pictures of Courser and Gamrat appearing to give each other foot rubs in a parking lot during the nationwide melodrama, is also giving public office another go.

He has filed to run for the 89th House District seat being vacated by term-limited Amanda PRICE. Two other Republicans have filed to run in this seat -- Jim LILLY and Tracy STILLE-MULLIGAN, the daughter of former Sen. Leon STILLE. He has run for the state House before and has served on the local school board.

"Lansing politicians have failed Michigan families," Hall wrote in a statement. "Again and again, they have shown they don't serve the people who elect them, they do the bidding of lobbyists, donors and special interests."

-Brandon

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Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

>>>Email him at WestMiPolitics@Gmail.com
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