Rep. Gary Glenn lives in Larkin Township and was first elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2014. He represents the 98th District, which includes the cities of Auburn, Pinconning, Linwood, and the townships of Beaver, Fraser, Garfield, Gibson, Mount Forest, Pinconning, and Williams in Bay County. In Midland County, the district includes the city of Midland, the village of Sanford, and the townships of Midland, Homer, Jerome, Larkin, Lee, and Lincoln.
Gary is vice chairman of the House Energy Policy Committee and also serves on the Commerce and Trade, Military and Veterans Affairs, and Tax Policy committees. Gary also represents the state of Michigan on the National Conference of State Legislatures 2015-2016 Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee to learn of ongoing energy initiatives, opportunities, and challenges across the country.
After his first year in office, Gary was named 2015 "Freshman Legislator of the Year" by the editor and reporters of the Michigan Information and Research Service (MIRS), the state Capitol's oldest daily news service. His selection from among 44 first-term state representatives and 10 first-term state senators was due largely to his leadership in the energy policy debate, MIRS said.
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Rep. Gary Glenn served eights years in the U.S. Army Reserves and Army National Guard, including with the 1460th Transportation Company headquartered in Midland. Gary was named "Honor Graduate" of both basic and advanced individual training and earned two U.S. Army Reserve Component Achievement medals.
Gary is also a member of the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, the sponsor of legislation (now law) to help Korean War veterans receive their earned benefits, and chairman of the Michigan affiliate of Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors. His father was a U.S. Marine who survived the attack.
By comparison, read Democrat candidate Geoff Malicoat's disparaging comments about our U.S. military, posted to the Michigan Sportsman website in 2006, and contained in the fourteen different posts Malicoat made in this discussion string:
And you can read the letter signed by Korean War veteran and former American Legion state commander Bill Miller of Auburn, condemning Malicoat's comments by clicking here.
Confronted with the comments, Malicoat in recent media reports admitted that the GMalicoat blog account was his, but now claims -- ten years after the fact -- that he didn't post the comments.
Instead, he claims that some unidentified person, for some unexplained reason ten years ago, used his account to impersonate him -- all for the purpose of disparaging our military.
For example, in one of the posts by GMalicoat, he wrote, first-person: "I am currently in law school to hopefully beat back the constitutional and/or environmental assaults this republican majority has given us as soon as I begin practicing."
Given the likely political effect of admitting to comments attacking the men and women who serve our country in uniform, Malicoat's denial is understandable.
But is it believable? We don't think so, but that's a decision each individual voter has to make.
Read the posts and judge for yourself.
One thing is sure.
Rep. Gary Glenn will continue to faithfully represent veterans and work to ensure that our state and country fulfill the commitment we've made to the men and women of our military in return for their sacrifice and service.
We hope you'll join us in voting Gary Glenn for state representative on November 8th!
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Annette W. Glenn
3800 E. Monroe Road
Midland, Michigan 48642
September 26, 2016
January 15, 2016…
It started like any other day. My normal “to do” list was longer than I could get done in a day, but I was looking forward to watching our youngest son’s basketball game that evening.
He was picking up a young lady on the way to his game, and my husband Gary and I were going to meet them at the game and maybe share dessert with them after the game.
But we never made it to the game…
Gary and I had just one stop to make on our way. The hospital.
Back in October last year, Gary was playing basketball over lunch with his regular twice-a-week group when, without any warning or injury, he felt a dull deep pain in his lower back -- enough pain that he uncharacteristically quit playing that day. In the past, he’d kept playing with a broken finger and other injuries, but this was something different and disconcerting.
He came home and said his basketball days might be over. Given that basketball is in his top FIVE favorite things to do, I guess I should have been concerned.
Fast forward to the end of October. He was feeling better and returned to play again. But the same pain came back.
Gary saw a doctor in November, and the X-ray didn’t show anything unusual, but the pain kept getting worse…
The doctor said he needed an MRI, but these days, you can’t get an MRI until you’ve tried a month of physical therapy first. He tried that, but the pain continued to grow. By the time we got the O.K. for an MRI, the first date available was January 15th.
If you asked Gary what his pain level was on January 14th, he says it was an 8 on a scale of 10. Nothing relieved it, and some days, it was so intense that I had to put his shoes and socks on for him. So when the technician came out to get me after Gary’s MRI, I assumed it was to help his with his shoes and socks…
Instead, they walked us from the MRI room to the Emergency Room. I leaned toward Gary and said, “It's never a good sign to be moved to E.R., but on the other hand, they’re letting us walk.” There were no alarms going off. No doctors or nurses yelling for assistance. So we knew going to E.R. wouldn’t be good news, but the kind of bad news that wasn’t necessarily urgent.
Finally, a doctor came in an hour later and used all kinds of more complicated medical words to tell us that Gary had cancer, and that the tumor had climbed up his spinal column and destroyed the next to the last vertebrae. And since cancer never starts on the spine, they said, the next step would be to find out where it started.
The night was full of X-rays, scans, and missing our son’s basketball game…
Gary called the coach and asked him to let our son know that more tests were needed, and we wouldn’t make the game. We decided we’d tell him how serious it was after the game, as soon as the doctors told us what the serious stuff was.
The “serious stuff,” we found out, was stage 4 prostate cancer.
But real miracles started as soon as we knew the diagnosis, at least as far as we’re concerned. Gary went from stage 4 to remission in just five weeks, but they still wanted him to undergo nearly five months of chemotherapy to help ensure the cancer didn’t come back. And the side effects of chemo over the last six months seemed even worse than the cancer itself.
But I can tell you today that Gary’s last chemo treatment was July 28th, the doctors tell us the cancer is not only in remission but undetectable, and Gary says he feels “normal” again except for being out of shape from months of physical inactivity. The destroyed vertebrae -- which the neurosurgeon originally said would require surgery to replace it with a titanium cage – instead simply grew back out of nothing and replaced itself. (We didn’t know that was possible, and even the surgeon was surprised.)
Since it’s an election year, Gary’s even started walking door to door, and while he may not be able to reach 9,000 homes like he did in 2014, just having the energy to walk normally for several hours is a welcome blessing.
So why am I writing to share this with you today?
Well, as you may have figured out, my husband Gary Glenn is our current state Representative, and he’s running for reelection this November.
Two years ago, the first time he ran, I wrote a letter to introduce him to you, and shared some of my favorite stories:
I told you that Gary joined the U.S. Army Reserves in 1990 during the first Gulf War build up. We’d just had our second son in September, and Gary was running for county commissioner that November. But he enlisted and left for basic training in mid-October, two weeks before the election! It was funny. The newspaper reported that I called him at 4:00 a.m. the morning after the election to let him know he’d won. And then, the paper said, “he had to go make his bed.”
He was supposed to have a break in training to come home for Christmas, and I still remember his phone calling telling me that the Christmas break was cancelled because the war was about to start.
With the help of some friends, I was able to fly to Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, through an ice storm with our two little boys and spend Christmas with Gary in a very small hotel room just off base.
Gary had been selected as platoon leader, and every day, even during Christmas week when training had been suspended, he kept “doing his duty,” helping the other guys each day whose families weren’t there, until the drill sergeant finally ordered him out of the barracks to come spend time with us.
We had a tiny little tree, just the four of us, and Gary often says that was his favorite Christmas ever.
The boys and I stayed long enough to watch Gary be named “Honor Graduate” of basic training and take the oath to protect our Constitution and our country.
That was the second time Gary took that kind of oath. There was an earlier time long before I knew him. Gary was an Eagle Scout at the ripe old age of 13! When he took the Scout Oath, he’d also promised “to do my best to do my duty to God and my country.”
He’s deeply aware that his father had been willing to give his life if necessary to make sure Gary grew up in a free country, and Gary feels the same duty to do everything he humanly can to make sure our children and grandchildren inherit the kind of America we did from our parents and those who came before them.
My dad was in the Navy in World War II, and Gary’s dad served in the Marines and was at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked. The last year Gary’s dad was alive, we took him and Gary’s mom back to Hawaii the first week of December.
We stood in the same street Gary’s dad remembered standing at age 19, shooting at Japanese airplanes. His dad’s unit earned a presidential citation for shooting one plane down with just rifle fire.
Gary and his dad went out on the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial the morning of December 7th for the official commemoration ceremony, and we visited the grave of his dad’s best friend, who was killed on the U.S.S. Oklahoma during the attack at age 17.
Gary often says it was his father who taught him to love his country, stand up for what he believes, and be willing to fight for those he loves.
He calls it an overdeveloped sense of duty. But I’m grateful he has it. He simply can’t stand by and watch what’s happening to our country without at least trying to make a difference.
Plus, he’s got a track record of being a leader, of making a difference, and he believes he can do it again. I told you in my letter two years ago that I knew he could, because I’d seen it first hand before.
Gary took an oath for the third time in January 2015 when he was sworn in to serve you in the state House of Representatives in Lansing.
This past eight months, it didn’t matter what his pain level was, didn't matter if he was having radiation treatments or chemotherapy. He lived up to that oath, NEVER missing a vote or committee meeting. There were times -- such as when the House stayed in session until 4:00 in the morning -- when he told me he didn’t know if he could do it. But by the grace of God, he had just enough energy and grit and determination to make sure that you were always represented. He was always there.
That’s the kind of example Gary sets, the kind our boys wanted to follow. All four of our sons became Eagle Scouts as well. Our third son set a goal to earn his Eagle at an even younger age than Gary did. And when he did – at 13 years and six months and two weeks -- Gary was proud to be the first to congratulate him!
I also shared with you that Gary and I met my senior year in high school. He even took me to my senior prom. He was five years older, and while we were dating, he was running a phone bank to help elect a local legislative candidate, so I knew from the beginning what I was signing up for when I married this great guy.
He really is pretty amazing, never one to just sit around talking about important things that need to be done. He’s a leader, a man of action, and I’ll share another personal story with you that illustrates my point.
Two years ago, for our 31st anniversary, Gary planned a night away from the house and dog and teenagers and reserved us a room at a hotel near our home in Midland. But I got sick on our actual anniversary, so we had to delay our little getaway.
When we rescheduled a couple weeks later, I waited in the car while Gary went to check us in. But while he was getting checked in, chaos erupted! What I’ll share now is what I heard from Gary and the hotel staff after it all happened…
The hotel maintenance guy came running into the lobby yelling for the desk clerk to bring the master key and run to the pool, where he’d looked through the big window and saw a boy lying motionless on the bottom, drowning.
The young lady checking Gary in grabbed the key and went running to the pool, and Gary ran after her. He told me later that as he was running, he was rehearsing in his mind the CPR training he’d learned first in Boy Scouts, and again during basic training, and resolved to himself in advance that he was ready if necessary.
After they burst into the pool area and alerted the family, the boy’s mother and grandfather jumped in and pulled him from the bottom, unconscious. But Gary said the family then just stood there, doing nothing, no doubt in shock!
Gary didn’t wait. He acted. He immediately went to the boy -- his eyes wide open, Gary said, but unconscious, water pouring from his mouth. Gary did several Heimlich procedures, water gushing from the boy’s mouth each time, then turned him over to begin performing CPR. But just as Gary was about to begin, the mother grabbed the boy to her chest and yelled, “Just throw up more water!”
Gary said the boy did, then regained consciousness and began crying hysterically. We were so thankful he was alive and doing fine when the ambulance came to take him to the hospital. We found out later he hadn’t suffered any brain damage.
I’m so thankful Gary was there, willing and able to help. Since Gary and I don’t believe in accidents, we know Gary was in that precise place at that precise time for a purpose, and only because I’d gotten sick the night of our anniversary.
Afterward, I talked to the young lady who’d been checking us in, and the staff the next morning when we were checking out had heard the story from her and were saying how wonderful Gary was. They were right. I married my hero!
I told you other things Gary had accomplished, He has a lifetime of knowledge, leadership, and experience making a difference and fighting for our community’s values on a wide array of issues. He knows what he’s talking about.
He was executive director of a statewide agricultural trade association, dealing with farm and ranch, environmental, and natural resource issues.
He was a two-term county commissioner who stood up for private property rights, lower taxes, and less spending, and he also authored the first Health Savings Account health care plan for county employees anywhere in the nation. He was invited to testify before Congress on that issue, where they said they considered him a “pioneer” in health care reform. Our U.S. senator at the time mentioned Gary’s plan during debate on the Senate floor in Washington.
We’ve owned a restaurant since late 2006, just before the real estate crash, so we know what it’s like to be at the mercy of the economy, having to make payments on an empty property with no money coming in. But we rode it out and are still standing.
In the state House, Gary serves as vice-chairman of the Energy Policy Committee, where he’s praised by Democrats and Republicans alike for his dedication and hard work and study, and has become the leading spokesman in the House for expanding home and business owners’ freedom to buy their electricity from whomever they choose, and save money in the process.
As I thought this week about writing you again, I felt like two years ago, I’d also made you some promises about Gary.
I told you that if you supported him for state Representative, he would be dedicated to the task. And as I mentioned earlier, Gary has had a perfect attendance record in Lansing, never missing a vote or committee meeting despite being treated for cancer.
But just so you don’t think I’m the only one who thinks Gary’s done a good job…
I told you he’d work hard. Well, one reporter said that he found “very compelling how much time and energy Gary spent boning up on the (energy) issue. I mean he really is reading and studying and working hard to understand the legislation, which I think is pretty impressive.”
And even though Gary’s a Republican, a local Democrat who’s running for public office and frequently writes guest commentaries for the Midland Daily News, wrote this: “Gary is the only state or national lawmaker in Midland who has faithfully delivered on his promise to meet with constituents on a regular monthly basis.”
Then, at the end of 2015, a group of reporters who cover the state Capitol chose Gary from among 55 first-term state senators and representatives as the “Freshman Legislator of the Year” -- in other words, the most effective and influential first-term legislator in Lansing! That’s quite an honor, and very humbling.
As was the “Champion of Liberty Award” that Gary won twice from a group of black pastors and radio talk show hosts in the Detroit area for his support of economic and religious freedom. And last year, he won a lifetime achievement award for his commitment to workplace freedom and protecting employees from job discrimination on the basis of union affiliation.
The Michigan Schools Energy Cooperative presented him an award this year for working to prevent increases in their cost of electricity, which would force them to lay off teachers or take money out of the classroom. Gary’s committed to protecting our schools, which are part of the special quality of life we enjoy in Bay and Midland counties.
Our oldest son was on the debate team at Midland High School, and our second son played football two years at Bay City Western. Our third son got a degree from Delta College. And our youngest son just graduated from Calvary Baptist Academy and started classes at Delta a few weeks ago.
Gary played football in high school and one year in college. He was captain of the high school track team. He and I both ran hurdles, and Gary was a volunteer hurdles coach for kids on Midland’s Fleet Feet Track Club, including our daughter.
He’s been a man of strong Christian faith from an early age. In high school, he was captain of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and won the FCA “Athlete of the Year” trophy.
He leads our family by example, and he loves spending time with our children, and now our grandchildren. He’s always made it a priority to spend one-on-one time in hopes of creating special memories.
He and our oldest son took a trip two years ago to see the Grand Canyon and some other national parks out west.
He drove our two football fan sons to the NFL Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio, a few years ago, and took our youngest son to the Fiesta Bowl in 2010 to watch my alma mater, Boise State. At the time, our son said that was “the best day of my life.”
He took our daughter to Washington, D.C., for President Reagan’s funeral procession when she was nine years old, but he also took her to Chicago to the American Girl Doll headquarters and to David Archuleta and Carrie Underwood concerts.
He taught our children to believe in God, to love their country and what it stands for, to always say “thanks” to someone in military uniform, to play and work hard, to set goals and stay committed to achieving them, and to be honest and take responsibility for their actions. And they’ve never been in doubt that their Dad loves them.
Even though campaigning and his bout with cancer put a crimp in his style, Gary likes to take a hatchet and hacksaw, and more recently a chainsaw, and spend Saturdays cleaning out our woods.
And ever since we bought a wood-burning stove to heat the basement we could never keep warm enough when the kids lived downstairs, he’s spent the late summer and fall chopping wood and stays up late stoking the fire to make sure it’s warm when the rest of us get up in the morning.
In 2014, Gary knocked on over 9,000 doors to personally ask people for their vote. Maybe he came to your door. And he stayed true to that task day after day, even when every step included the pain of blisters. No one has worked harder than Gary, or gone the extra mile, to try to make a difference, change things for the better, and help turn our country around.
I really could write a book about Gary, but it would take maybe a couple of volumes to tell you about all he’s done to serve our family and community. I hope you’ve found something I’ve shared to be worth your time.
In closing, if I could ask a favor, would you please vote for Gary?
Absentee ballots should be in your mailbox soon. I hope you’ll join me in voting for someone who has stood by us, worked hard for us, and will continue to do his best today, tomorrow, and always. It’s just who he is.
Thanks for taking time to read my letter.
P.S. You can read more about Gary or make a credit card contribution at his campaign website, which is www.GaryGlenn.US.Or you can mail a contribution to:
Glenn for Representative
3800 E. Monroe Road
Midland, MI 48642
If you have questions, you can email me at Annette@GaryGlenn.US, or call 837-1390. We’re listed in the phone book.
If you’d like a yard sign or would like to volunteer to help Gary’s campaign between now and November 8th, please call his campaign manager Jeremiah Ward at 989-492-0047 or e-mail jrward@GaryGlenn.US
P.S.S. Gary is the kind of man we can all be proud to have representing us in Lansing. Please vote for my favorite guy, Rep. Gary Glenn. Absentee ballots are out soon, or you can vote in person on November 8th. Thanks again for reading!
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• Glenn Monday participated in a candidate forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Midland Area and broadcast live by Midland Community Television. The forum will be re-aired multiple times before the Nov. 8 election on Charter cable channel 191 and can also be viewed online at http://mctv.midland-mi.org/Cablecast/Public/Show.aspx?ChannelID=1&ShowID=8339.