Glenn Announces Candidacy for State Senate

Representative Gary Glenn speaks at the Michigan Republican Party convention on April 9, 2016.

State Representative Gary Glenn announced his candidacy for the 31st state Senate seat on Friday at the Bay County Republican Party headquarters. Current state Senator Mike Green is term-limited, and cannot run again.

Glenn (R-Williams Township) noted his use of the slogan “Make Michigan Great Again” beginning in 2014 (before Trump). He said that Michigan “ought to aspire to be the job-creating juggernaut that we have been in the past.”

Glenn currently represents (since 2015) parts of Bay and Midland Counties (98th District) in the state House, where he serves as Associate Speaker Pro Tempore. He also chairs the House Energy Policy Committee, and promised to continue leading on the energy issue in the state Senate. In his announcement, he called for the return of “free market principles back into our energy market, [to] help bring down the cost of electricity.”

The 31st state Senate district consists of all of Bay, Lapeer, and Tuscola Counties. Senator Mike Green (R-Mayville) has represented the district since 2011. His second and final term will expire in January of 2019, but he may be appointed to the U.S. Department of Agriculture before then. This could trigger a special election as early as next February or March. Green has indicated that he would support Glenn’s candidacy to succeed him.

Gary Glenn joins former state Representative Kevin Daley in the Republican primary for the Senate race. Bay County Clerk Cynthia Luczak is running on the Democratic side. Whether a special election occurs or not, the regular primary election will take place on August 7, 2018, with the regular general election on November 6.

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