Jerry Cannon http://michiganradio.org en A race in the top part of the state, Cannon to challenge U.S. Rep. Benishek in 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/race-top-part-state-cannon-challenge-us-rep-benishek-2014 <p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">&lt; If you live up here --</span></p><p></p><p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">--- Rep. Dan Benishek&nbsp;(R) is the guy who speaks for you in Washington D.C. (along with your two Senators, of course).</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">The Associated Press reports today that a retired sheriff and former military officer is planning to challenge Benishek&nbsp;in 2014.</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">D</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">emocrat Jerry Cannon&nbsp;</span><span class="aBn" data-term="goog_2005858564" style="border-bottom-width: 1px; border-bottom-style: dashed; border-bottom-color: rgb(204, 204, 204); position: relative; top: -2px; z-index: 0; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ" style="position: relative; top: 2px; z-index: -1;">on Tuesday</span></span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;announced his campaign for the 1st District seat held by second-term Republican Rep. Dan Benishek.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Cannon says he's frustrated with Washington and says Benishek isn't creating jobs or working for the middle class. A message was left with Benishek, a surgeon from Crystal Falls who won an open seat in 2010 and defended it in a rematch last year.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Cannon is a Vietnam veteran who later joined the Michigan Army National Guard, serving from 1977 to 2012. He also was sheriff in Kalkaska County.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Cannon lives in Fife Lake with his wife. They have four children.</span></p></blockquote><p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><a href="http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/08/retired_general_jerry_cannon_t.html">Fritz Klug reports for MLive</a> that Cannon will begin campaigning today:</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="color: rgb(54, 54, 54); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">Cannon is expected to make campaign stops in Marquette and Traverse City today. The announcement comes a day after Democrats&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130805/NEWS15/308050148/dan-benishek-democrats-radio" style="color: rgb(48, 92, 182); font-weight: bold; font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">launched radio ads attacking Benishek.</a></p></blockquote><p>In his last election, <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigan-1st-congressional-district-race-decided-mcdowell-concedes">Benishek narrowly beat his challenger in 2012</a>.</p><p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 15:52:48 +0000 Mark Brush 13848 at http://michiganradio.org A race in the top part of the state, Cannon to challenge U.S. Rep. Benishek in 2014