Jerry Cannon seeks Congress seat

July 29, 2016 GMT

Jerry Cannon is not a politician, he says — he’s a public servant.

“I love serving the public, I’m good at it,” said Cannon, who has served as a sheriff, police officer and a soldier. “I’m here, first and foremost, to represent the people of this district.

“I’m not going (to Congress) in order to stay there forever, I’m going there to try and solve some problems and make a difference in people’s lives. The hero in the story is the people in the district, not the guy or gal that goes to Washington. It’s what are you doing to make things better for the people that you serve.”

Cannon, a Kalkaska-based Democrat, will soon face off against opponent Lon Johnson for the party nomination for Michigan’s 1st District Representative seat in Congress.

The seat is currently held by Rep. Dan Benishek, R-Crystal Falls, who plans to retire at the end of his term. The 1st District includes the northern half of Mason County, all of Manistee County, a large chunk of the northern Lower Peninsula and the entire Upper Peninsula. The rest of Mason County’s voters will cast their vote for the 2nd District representative in November.

See the full story in Friday’s Ludington Daily News, print or eEdition.