Today is one year Tuesday, April 19, 2016: the filing deadline for the 2016 election cycle for many elected offices in Michigan.
From trustee of the smallest township, to a seat in the US Congress, thousands of positions will be potentially up for grabs.
Even in my hometown – one of the most rural places in the state – you can just catch early rumbles of folks eager for a change, and folks already in elected office who are wondering what challengers lay ahead.
Who’s thinking about the future in your hometown?
Here’s a few items that interest me in the next year:
- Who’s running for Congress for the UP and Northern Michigan? Will Dr. Dan face another primary challenge in the First Congressional District? Has anyone heard from Jason Allen? Who will run for the Dems? Dan can be beat by the right Democrat riding the coattails of a presidential race in Michigan.
- Who’s going to run against Lee Chatfield? He seems to be quite visible in the Michigan nnnth district (Eastern UP and just below the Mighty Mac). Will anyone from ‘the establishment’ in the GOP take on Chatfield after Lee took out local wunderkind Frank Foster in 2014?
- What’s Brian Calley doing? Is the ‘LG’ going to run against the Schutte juggernaut in 2018 for governor? If so, he should be spending time (a lot of time) on the road working the county parties this next year…time seems to be running out. Schutte reminds me of Hillary Clinton locking up the nomination by acclimation…which might be the first time those two words have appeared in the same sentence!