LAPEER COUNTY PRESS: Glenn kicks off Senate campaign in county

Glenn_announcement.jpgRep. Gary Glenn announces his candidacy for state Senate with Lapeer County supporters.

"(Rep. Gary) Glenn noted his opposition to — and (former Rep. Kevin) Daley’s support for — Proposal One, (the $2 billion road tax increase) rejected by almost 90 percent of Lapeer County voters in May 2015.

On his bio, Glenn identifies himself as a 'conservative Republican.' He reiterated the point Friday. 'In looking at the voting record and track record of Lapeer County, it is a conservative county, so I’m your man,' Glenn said.

...Ruth Stahl, of North Branch, (wife of former state Rep. John Stahl, R-Arcadia Township) attended in support of Glenn. 'I just feel he’s the man for the job,' Stahl said."

Mayfield Twp. -- State Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Williams Township, kicked off his campaign for state senate in Lapeer County on Friday, officially declaring intent to win the seat currently held by Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville.

When the election for the 31st district seat (representing Lapeer, Tuscola, and Bay counties) will be held, however, remains unknown.

According to a press release issued by Glenn on Friday, “Green may vacate the seat as soon as next month, a year before the end of his final term, if and when he receives a long-anticipated appointment to a position with the U.S. Department of Agriculture…”

Since early 2017, Green has been rumored next in line for the position of director of Michigan’s U.S. Dept. of Agriculture rural development division — a position appointed by President Donald Trump. Green publicly confirmed in May that he’s up for the job. If he doesn’t get it, he will be term-limited out of office and can’t run again in 2018.

“I’m here today to officially announce my candidacy for the state senate seat made up of Bay, Lapeer, and Tuscola counties,” Glenn said at the Mayfield Township Hall. He had plans to stop in Tuscola and Bay counties later in the day.

Should Green be appointed, Glenn said Gov. Rick Snyder could either call for a special election in early 2018 or decide to let the Senate seat remain vacant until filled via the regularly scheduled election next November, leaving Lapeer County without a state senator for about a year.

At a Lapeer Tea Party meeting on Oct. 3, Glenn told The County Press “You can’t afford to bet the wrong way if there is going to be a special election in February — that’s four months from now.” At that meeting, he stopped short of announcing intent to run for the spot.

That changed just 10 days later.

“Senator Green is under instructions from the White House not to say anything, so he’s not going to tell you anything,” Glenn said Friday. “But we think that appointment may be imminent, and there’s a reasonable expectation of a special election primary the first Tuesday in February.”

“We were planning to make this announcement one way or another,” Glenn said. “It just turns out that it’s going to be perfectly timed in terms of there being a potential vacancy in the near future.”

If the special primary election is called for, Glenn would square off against former state Rep. Kevin Daley, of Arcadia Township, who announced his campaign in March when early rumors of Green’s potential employment became more well-known. A special general election would follow the primary in late March or early April.

Daley and Glenn have been travelling throughout the district in the last several weeks.

Re-elected to the state house in 2016, Glenn, 59, spoke Oct. 3 to the Lapeer County Tea Party Patriots at its regular monthly meeting, also held at the Mayfield Township Hall. About 25 people attended, including representatives of Green and U.S. Rep. Paul Mitchell, R-Dryden Township.

Glenn called the appearance part of a potential “job interview.”

Glenn talked about various accomplishments, from serving eight years in the U.S. Army Reserves and Army National Guard to his role as president of the American Family Association of Michigan since 1999, during which he co-authored the Marriage Protection Amendment approved by voters in 2004, and as a School Choice project manager for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

Further, he talked about his previous role as chief of staff for a statewide livestock producers and feeders trade association.

Glenn was first elected to the state House of Representatives in 2014, serving the 98th district that consists of portions of Bay and Midland counties, including the City of Midland.

He is Associate Speaker of the House Pro Tem and chairman of the House Energy Policy Committee, while also serving on the Military and Veterans Affairs, Communications and Technology, and Insurance committees.

A particular point of pride highlighted by Glenn during his two recent Lapeer visits is his being named 2015 “Freshman Legislator of the Year” by Michigan Information and Research Service (MIRS).

In announcing his candidacy, Glenn also highlighted some of his work in Lansing, including sponsoring or cosponsoring legislation to:

• Freeze further enrollment into the Medicaid expansion plan, which he says was the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Michigan.

• Repeal Michigan’s ballast water release regulations, which Glenn says are blocking development of the Saginaw Bay as a deep water port, which would allow much cheaper shipping costs for the export of farm and manufacturing products produced in mid-Michigan.

• Repeal so-called “Common Core” standards and allow each local school district to set its own standards.

• Repeal the requirement for a government fee and permit to carry a concealed weapon.

• Repeal the senior citizens pension tax.

Glenn said Friday he was persuaded to run for the state Senate position by “individuals and major area employers who believe my long-term leadership and impact on public policy, especially energy policy, will help make Michigan more competitive in the future for new industry, new agricultural production and processing, and new jobs.”

In the press release and Lapeer appearance on Friday, Glenn noted his opposition to — and Daley’s support for — Proposal One, rejected by almost 90 percent of Lapeer County voters in May 2015.

On his bio, Glenn identifies himself as a “conservative Republican.”

He reiterated the point Friday.

“In looking at the voting record and track record of Lapeer County, it is a conservative county and so I’m your man,” Glenn said.

From Williams Township in Bay County, Glenn pointed out that he moved there — and into the state Senate’s 31st district — only recently and because he and his wife became empty nesters, “long before there was any political implication to where we might end up living.”

Williams Township is about 75 miles from the city of Lapeer.

If elected, Glenn said he and his representatives will maintain a regular presence in Lapeer County.

“I plan to be here often, and have staff that would be here and very attentive to Lapeer County,” Glenn said. “Of the three counties, it — if you judge it by the number of people who voted against Proposal One — is the most conservative of the three counties so this is the one where I feel most at home.”

Twelve people were in attendance at Glenn’s mid-morning announcement.

Ruth Stahl, of North Branch, attended in support of Glenn. “I just feel he’s the man for the job,” Stahl said. “He’s been around Lansing and Michigan a long time. I feel like he knows what’s going on and will be a great help.”