STANTON — A union man has thrown his hat into the ring in a bid to unseat the State House representative for the 70th District.
James Hoisington, D-Stanton, recently announced his intention to run against current State Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, in November’s general election.
Hoisington, 55, formerly served as president of UAW Local 137 and was a longtime Electrolux employee, working at the Greenville factory for 27 years before it was closed in 2006. Hoisington started up his own business last summer, Lake Stanton Lawn Care.
“I cannot stand by and watch the seniors, middle class and those who are at or below the poverty level to continue to be attacked by my opponent and his agenda any longer,” Hoisington said. “We have seen our taxes increased, even on our seniors, and programs cut in order to allow tax breaks for big business that were said to create more jobs. I ask you, have you seen any increase in decent paying jobs?”
The 70th District encompasses all of Montcalm County and part of Gratiot County.
“We deserve a candidate who will actually work for the entire district not just for one group,” Hoisington said. “Now I am not anti-business because I am a business owner myself; however, I do believe when it comes to taxes they should be based on fairness not on who will contribute the most to their campaign.”
Hoisington previously ran against and lost to Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, for the 33rd State Senate seat in November 2010.
Hoisington can be contacted by telephone at (989) 287-1904, by mail at 4045 E. Shore Drive, Stanton, MI 48888 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark Wilkin of Greenville is Hoisington’s campaign manager. Wilkin is disabled due to a back injury and spends his time teaching yoga and educating people about back injuries. He also serves as chairman of the Board of Review, Mining Commission and Planning Commission in Eureka Township.
“I think Jim’s a great guy,” Wilkin said. “He was the union president and did a wonderful job trying to keep Frigidaire (Electrolux) here.
“He’s a people person,” Wilkin added. “He works for people. We believe in people getting what they need for society. We believe in kids and education. We are gun people, we both carry and hunt and believe in the right to bear arms. We have a real good plan for Michigan.”
Wilkin can be contacted by telephone at (616) 450-1794 or by mail at 11629 Wise Road, Greenville, MI 48838.
Kenneth Hart-D-Alma, has also filed to run against Outman. Hart, 60, is retired from the Michigan Department of Corrections after 20 years. He previously lived in Carson City and Greenville and owns Antique Auctions Elite. Hart can be reached at (989) 285-1404.
Outman has filed for re-election.
The deadline to file as a candidate for the 70th District is 4 p.m. April 22.