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Some people who are running for office this year - oh, and you better hurry up if you want to run

by: ScottyUrb

Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 16:12:16 PM EDT


John Barker, the former supervisor of Union Township in Isabella County, is running for Congress against Dave Camp. He has the distinction of being the first Democrat in a long time to have served in elected office before running against Camp.

Camp is running for his 13th term (after he succeeded fellow career politician Bill Schuette way back in 1990). The district gave Romney one of his better performances, and needless to say, it's nowhere near anyone's target list.

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ScottyUrb :: Some people who are running for office this year - oh, and you better hurry up if you want to run

But as I said recenty, its important that Democrats step up and run, even in these "no way in heck" seats. For one thing, if you run a good campaign in a red district, you can help bolster the Democratic brand in your district - thus helping other Democrats on the ballot. Also, running for office in a 'red' district can be a good precursor to a future run in a more winnable race. Mike Huckleberry ran against Camp twice before being elected to the State House.

Another advantage of being a Democratic nominee for certain offices: You get to be on the Democratic executive committees of each of the counties in your district. After I ran for State House in 2012, I was automatically included on the executive committees of the Kent and Allegan County Democratic Parties.*

Here's a complete list of those who have filed to run for federal and state office this year in Michigan - with the caveat that plenty more have announced but haven't filed. The deadline to file is April 22 - which, as you may have noticed, is earlier than before.

At any rate, it now appears that only the 3rd District (where Justin Amash and Brian Ellis are duking it out in a primary) is without an announced Democratic candidate.

*Nominees make up 1/3 of the Executive Committees of each county party; the other 2/3 are elected in November by precinct delegates elected at the August primary. Speaking of which, you ought to be a precinct delegate - just fill out this form, get it notarized, and return it to your county clerk before April 22.

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Go John! (0.00 / 0)
I doubt he needs the added stress in his life, but I'm glad he's stepping up.  

Good people are needed (4.00 / 1)
The party needs to get quality candidates lined up at the state, county and local level too. Too often the party settles for any warm body which does nothing for the party's long-term efforts to build up Democratic support in red districts.  

3rd District (4.00 / 1)
I don't know if this has already been talked about, but it appears that Businessman Bob Goodrich may be running for Congress in the 3rd district. there is a job posting for campaign staff online. Bob lives in Grand Rapids and owns a chain of movie theaters, when I was in high school and college I worked at the one in Battle Creek.  

Cool. (0.00 / 0)
I heard it here first! Thanks for sharing and hope all is well, Jeff.

Great Lakes, Great Times.

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Party? (0.00 / 0)
What party's banner is he running under?  

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Hes a Democrat - and an active supporter of Democratic causes (0.00 / 0)
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