Will Ray Franz’s luck run out this year? Democrats from Ludington to Northport are hoping it will as Tom Stobie launches his candidacy for the 101st State House District. Stobie wants the nomination to challenge Franz in November. In the last two elections, Democrats took about 49 percent of the vote against Franz.
Stobie just retired after 10 years as superintendent of Frankfort-Elberta Schools. He says Republicans have dismantled Michigan’s public education system. Rather than just get mad, he decided to do something about it.
Schools Struggle School districts outside of Leelanau County had a tough time with voters yesterday.
Voters in Traverse City, Kalkaska, and Elk Rapids rejected bond proposals to repair and renovate school buildings and other facilities. Unofficial results show very narrow margins. In Traverse City the main request to borrow $35 million failed by about one percent of the vote. In Kalkaska, less than 30 votes out of more than 1,000 tipped the difference against the request.
Betsy Coffia has entered the race to represent Grand Traverse County in the state House starting in 2015. The democrat made the announcement Monday night in Traverse City before a crowd of 40 supporters.
“365 days from today, we go to the polls,” she said. “I am so honored and excited and honored to have each of you here as I announce my candidacy for the 104th state House of Representatives for Grand Traverse County.”
Disagreements among conservatives will be on display in a northern Michigan primary during the coming year. Two experienced Republican lawmakers are running for the 37th state senate seat. The recent Medicaid vote is already emerging as a central issue in a race that will highlight some of the differences between Governor Snyder and the right wing of his party.
Michigan's Emergency Manager law appears to be heading toward repeal. Unofficial results show it is the only ballot drive that will be successful. (A no vote is success for the petitioners who want the law struck down.) The other five were amendments to the state constitution and were all soundly rejected.
Lines have been re-drawn for Michigan’s northernmost congressional seat and more people in northwest Lower Michigan will be represented by the seat currently held by Dan Benishek, a surgeon from Crystal Falls who entered national politics two years ago in a wave of tea party support.
He wants government bureaucracy out of health care, federal regulation further removed from the Great Lakes and to cut spending in Washington to eliminate debt.