Lapeer, Mich. -- Two lawmakers who formerly represented Lapeer County in the state legislature in Lansing have endorsed state Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Williams Twp., in the Republican primary election for the state Senate seat comprised of Bay, Lapeer, and Tuscola counties.
Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Twp., said in an endorsement statement Monday that "there is one candidate on the ballot who will always put his constituents above the Lansing power brokers, regardless of the political cost. That man is Rep. Gary Glenn."
"Gary has spent a lifetime fighting for conservative principals and the policies that define liberty and freedom for all," Pavlov wrote. "He helped lead the charge and build the coalition that resulted in Michigan becoming a Right to Work state. He continues to fight for lower energy bills for each and every family, business and farm in our state. He is working to repeal the Common Core State Standards that are having a devastating effect on our students and parents."
"These are long and difficult political battles that need to fought and won," Pavlov wrote. "Gary knows first hand just how difficult it can be when putting people ahead of the Lansing insiders, but he’ll gladly pay the price to ensure that the people of Michigan’s 31st Senate District have their voices heard at the state Capitol."
Pavlov, chairman of the Senate Education Committee, represented Lapeer County from 2011 to 2014 in the state Senate before district lines were redrawn following the 2010 census.
Pavlov joins former state Rep. John Stahl, R-North Branch, who represented Lapeer County in the state House of Representatives from 2002 to 2008, in endorsing Glenn's campaign.
"Gary has represented the voice of the people while not being dictated by special interests," Stahl wrote in an endorsement statement. "For example, Gary championed preserving the Electricity Choice Program that has already saved the schools of Lapeer County over $2.2. million. The money saved from this program can now be kept in the classroom to encourage the best possible education for each child."
"Gary has continually sought to cut taxes and make our tax dollars go further while remaining fiscally responsible. Actions such as these helped Gary to receive the Most Conservative Legislator of the Year Award," Stahl wrote. "He is also a faith-based person who shares our values of strong family, marriage and morals which he was able to represent as president of the Michigan chapter of the American Family Association."
Pavlov and Stahl join current state Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, and former state Sen. Joel Gougeon, R-Bay City, in supporting Glenn's candidacy. In Lapeer County, Lapeer City Commissioner A. Wayne Bennett, Deerfield Twp. Trustee Marc Stover, and North Branch School Board Trustee Brenden Miller have also endorsed Glenn's candidacy.
Glenn has also been endorsed by Right to Life of Michigan and is the only Republican candidate endorsed by Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan, County Road Association of Michigan, and the Michigan Freedom Fund.
Glenn faces former state Rep. Kevin Daley, R-Lum, in the Aug. 7th Republican primary. Daley's campaign is benefiting from an estimated $1 million independent expenditure campaign against Glenn by "dark money" front groups funded by Consumers Energy and Detroit Edison, who are unhappy with Glenn's opposition to the state's current electricity monopoly system.