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John Decker files candidacy for 73rd District House seat

John Decker files candidacy for 73rd District House seat

CANNON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – John A. Decker, retired auto dealership owner, announced his candidacy in the Aug. 5, 2014 Republican primary for Michigan’s 73rd House District.

The seat is currently held by Peter MacGregor, who has chosen not to seek re-election and is instead vying for a seat in the Michigan Senate.

“I plan to take the knowledge I gained as a responsible businessman to Lansing and represent the 73rd District with the utmost integrity,” said Decker, who has nearly 25 years experience owning General Motors dealerships. “I am fortunate enough to be retired, but I have the desire to give back to the communities that supported me both as a businessman and personally.”

Decker resides in Kent County’s Cannon Township. He has been married for 30 years to his wife, Connie.

Conservative group ads target G.R. businessman in congressional primary

Conservative group ads target G.R. businessman in congressional primary

WASHINGTON (Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press) — The conservative Club for Growth typically only gets involved in a handful of races nationwide each election cycle — and it looks like at least one Michigan primary is on its radar.

The organization’s political action committee today unveiled what it called a “six-figure” TV and radio ad campaign criticizing Brian Ellis, a Grand Rapids businessman and former school board member running in the Republican primary against libertarian firebrand U.S. Rep. Justin Amash of Cascade Charter Township.

In the two ads, the Club for Growth says Ellis “raised property taxes, hiked spending and left massive deficits” while a member of the East Grand Rapids School Board. They also accused him, as a member of the Michigan Strategic Fund, of having “wasted ... tax dollars on a golf resort,” as well as businesses producing gourmet mushrooms and pet food.

Senator Jansen decides against congressional run

Senator Jansen decides against congressional run

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—  Republican Senator Mark Jansen says he will not join the race for Congressman Justin Amash’s seat next year.

“I have decided at this time my focus will continue to help Michigan find the road to recovery, from Grand Rapids to Detroit to the Upper Peninsula to our lake shores,” Jansen said. ”Right now I really feel the call to continue helping Michigan’s recovery as my Senate term ends in 13 short months.”

Jansen says he has been “strongly encouraged” to run for the 3rd Congressional District seat for the past two years.  He believes people want the same level of reform achieved in Michigan to happen in Washington.

Jansen represents the northern portion of Kent County.  The U.S. 3rd Congressional District includes Belding, Rockford, Lowell, East Grand Rapids, Walker, Ada and Cascade, Alpine Township, Sparta, Plainfield Township and all of Grand Rapids.

Members vote on whether to allow Village and Township to leave Metro Council

Members vote on whether to allow Village and Township to leave Metro Council

Two communities are trying to leave the Grand Valley Metropolitan Council.

Right now, members of the Metro Council are voting on whether to allow Sparta and Sparta Township to withdraw and Ada Township to join the group. Sparta officials say the city council decided to withdraw from the Metro Council about a year and a half ago. 

If all the changes are approved, 33 counties, cities, townships and villages will be members of the Metro Council, which is in charge of coordinating development and governmental affairs across municipalities.

Tuesday is election day in Cascade

Tuesday is election day in Cascade

CASCADE, MI - The elections polls are open in Cascade Township, so far voting has been light.  There are three millage requests on the ballot for the Fire Department,  Police, and Library.  For details on each millage proposal, click on this link to the Cascade Township web site:  http://www.cascadetwp.com/Services/Clerk/ElectionInformation.asp

The polls are open until 8pm.  You will need a current ID with a photograph, such as a driver's license or state ID card.

Michigan lawmakers react to office budget cuts differently

Michigan lawmakers react to office budget cuts differently

WASHINGTON (Gannett)-- Despite tightened office budgets, a few members of Congress are still giving up large chunks of their allowance.

Michigan Rep. Justin Amash, R-Cascade Township, is one of 13 House members who spent less than 80 percent of the money he was given last year for a staff, district offices, mail and other expenses.

By contrast, half of the 14 Michigan lawmakers who served the entire year-- including Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Howell, and Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Tipton --spent 98 percent or more of their budget.

That was the case for nearly one-third of House members, according to House financial reports. (The numbers are not final because lawmakers have two years to pay old bills.) Rep. Dave Camp, the other Michigan lawmaker who represents the greater Lansing area, spent 95 percent of his office allowance, ranking him among the middle of House members.

State Representative Lyons Hosts Fracking Town Hall

State Representative Lyons Hosts Fracking Town Hall

LYONS HOSTING HYDRAULIC FRACTURING TOWN HALL IN ADA 

State Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons is hosting a town hall meeting on the concerns relating to hydraulic fracturing in Kent County on Monday, March 18.

The town hall meeting will take place at Ada Township Hall, located at 7330 Thornapple River Dr. at 6:30 p.m.

"Citizens in Ada Township have expressed concerns about hydraulic fracturing and the potential for it to occur in Ada," said Lyons, R-Alto. "I am hosting this town hall meeting to help everyone understand the process and why it is being discussed in our area."

Representatives from the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Environmental Quality will provide a briefing on hydraulic fracturing, how it is regulated and land leasing laws.