Bergman defeated Allen in the three-way Republican primary last August. In the weeks that followed the race, however, Allen volunteered to assist Bergman at various events during the General Election, including the rally for then-Vice Presidential candidate Mike PENCE in Traverse City.
“I’ve enjoyed his openness and his team approach to our region,” Allen said of Bergman, who was formally sworn in today as a member of the 115th session of Congress.
Allen was a deputy director within the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs up until last year’s congressional run. Most recently, he’s been running the family’s men’s clothing store, Captain’s Quarters, in Traverse City.
Retiring U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek is throwing his support behind state Sen. Tom Casperson to succeed him in Congress, just as Casperson is getting a challenger in the Republican primary against Benishek’s former rival.
Former state Sen. Jason Allen, R-Traverse City, on Thursday announced he’s joining the race for Benishek’s seat in the 1st Congressional District — the state’s largest encompassing most of northern Michigan, including the Upper Peninsula.
Allen, who lost a 2010 Republican primary to Benishek by 15 votes, signaled Thursday he would make Casperson’s past votes for raising taxes to pay for road repairs a contrast in the August GOP primary.
Former Sen. Jason ALLEN notified the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) on Tuesday that he is resigning from his position as a senior policy advisor effective today, setting an expected Congressional announcement for Thursday.
Allen released an advisory about a press conference Thursday to be held at the Captain’s Quarters in Traverse City — his family’s haberdasher shop — about his future plans. The press release included a disclaimer on the bottom that read, “Paid for by Jason Allen for Congress.”
Republican National Committeeman Dave AGEMA would consider running in the 1st Congressional District being vacated next year by retiring U.S. Rep. Dan BENISHEK (R-Crystal Falls) if he feels there is adequate support and around $500,000 and $1 million in financial commitments.
Agema, a former state representative, lives in Grandville, which is in the 2nd Congressional District. However, since the Benishek announcement, Agema said he’s received numerous communications from northern Michigan and Upper Peninsula residents asking he run.
Michigan Congressman Dan Benishek announced his retirement from Congress in 2016 earlier this week, and the first poll in the race is already out.
According to MIRS, a subscription-based Michigan news outlet, former State Senators Jason Allen and Tom Casperson lead the pack in Michigan’s First Congressional District GOP Primary while political newcomer State Rep. Lee Chatfield is third with around 10%.
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State Sen. Tom Casperson: 26.7%
Former State Sen. Jason Allen 19.1%