by Maria Brown
TRI-CITY AREA — A Dryden Township resident has announced his intentions to seek Michigan’s 10th Congressional Seat.
Paul Mitchell, a Republican, hopes to succeed Rep. Candice Miller who will not seek re-election in 2016.
Mitchell made his announcement on July 13.
“I will work toward more limited government, a strong national defense and homeland security and a growing economy that allows for needed job-creation,” he said in a statement on his campaign website.
“As someone who has run a business in St. Clair, helped thousands of people gain the skills to build a career, and led conservative fights to keep our taxes low and make government operate within its means, I believe I am the best choice to follow Candice Miller to Washington.”
According to his online biography, Mitchell served as CEO of Ross Medical Education Center and, earlier this year, headed up the campaign to defeat Proposal 1, the state’s road funding ballot proposal, serving as chairman of the Coalition Against Higher Taxes and Special Interest Deals.
“I believe in the American Dream because I have lived it, but today that dream is slipping away for too many in our nation. By continuing to put forward our shared conservative ideas, we can succeed in our efforts to secure that dream for our children and grandchildren,” he said.
The 10th District includes Lapeer, St. Clair, Sanilac, Huron, Tuscola and a portion of Macomb County.
Other candidates have announced their intentions to seek Miller’s seat as well, including 25th District State Senator Phil Pavlov and former state senator Alan Sanborn.
According to media reports, Mitchell ran for Congress in 2014 while living in Saginaw County, seeking the state’s 4th District Congressional seat, losing in the Republican primary to John Moolenaar.