Thursday, April 26, 2018

Congressman Amash And Bishop Face Primary Challengers

Rep. Amash

By Brandon Hall
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Congressmen Mike Bishop and Justin Amash both face primary challengers after opponents filed against them at the last minute Tuesday.

Bishop's opponent, Lokesh Kumar, owns Eisen Electric in Lansing. 

According to their website:

"Eisen Electric Corporation is a diversified manufacturer of industrial components...Our operating scope includes the design, manufacture and supply of engineered fasteners, machined parts, stampings, current carrying devices and switchgear for customers around the world. With business units operating in the United States and India employing a workforce of approximately 120 dedicated people, our group is ideally positioned to support customers globally."

For Amash, he'll face Joe Farrington, a local trustee from the small town of Lyons. 

Farrington, a small business owner, runs a bar in Lyons aptly named Lyons Bar. It's unclear what type of race Farrington runs, let's pray it's not Brian Ellis 2.0

The hot issue in Lyons recently? A stray cat who found a home at the local library and became a fixture in the community was booted, a move Farrington opposed.

According to The Detroit News:

"Aww Kitty was one of 39 cats that lived at libraries in the United States, said the American Library Association. She now lives at a resident’s home.

Board members insisted they’re no Cruella de Vils. They said they had to look out for all library patrons, not just the cat-loving ones.

“If it’s people versus a cat, people are going to be the one I vote for,” said board member Marilyn Huhn.

This central Michigan village has always struggled to catch a break, residents said. First the railroad passed it by and then the highway. The company town lost its company in 1979 when Chrysler closed a trim plant.

Isolated amid fields of corn and soybean, the closest medium-sized city, Lansing, is 37 miles away. The population is 789.

When Joe Farrington moved here in 2013, he described Lyons as the Meth Capital of Michigan.

There were thefts, home invasions and junkies roaming about at all hours, he said. Two years later, 21 homes in the rural county were condemned because they were contaminated with methamphetamine residue, county officials said.

Now the most pressing concern is a library cat. Farrington, now a village trustee, counts it as progress.
“It’s a testament to the people of Lyons,” he said.

Still, the cat should have stayed, he said. By removing her, the library board took something positive about the village and turned it into a negative."

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

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