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.
Surrounded by the kind of big rigs and logging equipment that have defined his working life, State Senator Tom Casperson this morning announced his decision to run for the U.S. House of Representatives.
Casperson will also announce his plans this afternoon at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City. Over the next week, Casperson will make nearly a dozen stops across the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula to meet with voters and discuss his intention to bring a dose of common sense to Congress.
Tom Casperson will run for U.S. Congress, representing Michigan’s 1st Congressional District. Casperson will officially make his announcement that he will be running for congress – Monday, November 9th in both Escanaba and Traverse City.
Sen. Casperson’s first stop will be at 8:45 am at Roland Machinery Company – 2600 S. Lincoln Road, in Escanaba. Then he will be at Northwestern Michigan College’s Parsons Stulen Building – 2600 Aero-Park Drive – Traverse City at 3:00pm.