LANSING, Mich. — A resolution encouraging the United States Forest Service (USFS) to work with owners of privately held hunting camps on leased acreage within the Ottawa National Forest was adopted by the state Senate last Thursday.
Senate Resolution 79 highlights the concerns of approximately 100 property owners who could lose their camps to the federal government if special use authorization or some alternative allowance is not granted. It also highlights the possible negative impacts to the local community if the USFS follows through and removes the camps.
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%
LANSING — The abrupt announcement that Congressman Dan Benishek will not seek re-election has shocked local government.
The seat, which has been held by Benishek since 2011, is wide open. While he hasn’t officially announced running for the vacant position yet, State Senator Tom Casperson spoke with TV6 and says he’s seriously considering it.
“I haven’t even had time to sit down and talk about it with my wife,” said Casperson. “That’s why when people ask, I’ve had to be reluctant to say anything straight forward about it. Clearly, it’s something we’ve talked about in the past. We’re just going to wait a day or so.”
Benishek had initially announced that he was going to be seeking a fourth term for the office he has held since 2011, despite a pledge to only serve three two-year terms.
Benishek offered the following statement on his decision:
“Serving the 1st district in Congress has been a privilege and an opportunity that I will be forever grateful for. I am proud to be able to represent the people of Northern Michigan.
Imagine the Washington agency tasked with helping our veterans telling someone to “go away and never come back.” Unbelievable, right? But that is what one Vietnam veteran was told by the VA in 1967. Nearly 50 years later, he came to our Veterans Assistance Fair at the Cheboygan National Guard Armory and finally received the help and support he deserved. At the same fair, we helped a 92-year-old World War II bomber pilot obtain a health card so after seven decades, he could finally have access to the benefits that he had earned.