Sunday, July 19, 2015

#LapeerPressure: Todd Courser Faces Primary Challenge From Jake Davison

State Rep. candidate Jake Davison

By Brandon Hall
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State Rep. Todd Courser will face a primary challenge from GOP activist and political consultant Jake Davison. Davison announced his candidacy this weekend, launching a website and Facebook page in support of his bid. Courser is considering a run for Congress and is expected to announce his intentions soon.

Davison's website describes him as "100% Right To Life, 100% Pro­-Second Amendment." It is unclear if moderate, Anti-Courser forces in the party will unite around Davison's candidacy, or if they will facilitate another challenger who has yet to announce. It would seem like Davison would have a hard time running to the right of Courser.

The 82nd State House District is essentially Lapeer County.


Davison's bio says:

"Jake Davison was raised and educated right here in Lapeer County from the age of two and graduated from Lapeer East High School in 1998. He then earned his degree at Michigan State University’s James Madison College in just three years.

While attending college, Jake commuted from Lapeer to East Lansing in order to run for Lapeer County Commissioner. His narrow defeat by a 20 vote margin did not discourage him from seeking to serve his community or from advancing the conservative causes and world view he learned from his grandparents (two farmers, a truck driver and a GM factory worker) and his parents (a small business owner and dental hygienist).

Over the next decade, Jake served in several positions that helped advance the conservative cause in Michigan, including at the Michigan Republican Party, State Representative (and later State Senator) Jud Gilbert and the Michigan House Republican Campaign Committee. At the latter two positions, Jake helped serve and empower the taxpayers of Lapeer County and other communities across the Thumb. Jake was also the deputy director of Americans For Prosperity­-Michigan from the very beginning of the Tea Party movement until starting his own communications firm, Advantage Associates, in 2011.

As President of Advantage Associates, Jake helps other conservative Republicans win public office and assists in the promotion of conservative causes on behalf of numerous organizations.

Jake is a 35 year ­old resident of Mayfield Township and is the only candidate to have filed to be Lapeer County’s State Representative."

Stay tuned...

 Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics 
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Photo By Darlene Dowling Thompson


  1. Davison is a carpetbagger. He may have grown up in Lapeer County, but he's been a creature of Lansing for many years. He lost at least general elections in Ingham County (county commissioner and drain commissioner). He has also lost a vice chairman MIGOP race. Last I checked, he was a precinct delegate in Ingham County. Is he following the Paul Mitchell model of moving into a district just before filing?

  2. With such a sweet innocent, youthful, mom's apple pie face for a candidate the establishment is dragging the bottom of the barrel to unseat Todd. Who will Davison be taking orders from? Who will finance his campaign?