Incumbent Ray Franz (GOP) is term-limited. Scripps held the seat from 2009-2010. His opponent, Curt VanderWall (GOP), declined to respond to our questions. From staff reports Glen Arbor Sun: Please name three top goals you’d like to accomplish as State Representative Dan Scripps: Create jobs in Northwest Michigan by working to rebuild Michigan’s infrastructure, supporting […]

On Thursday, October 16, Glen Arbor resident and business owner Chris Sack posted photos on his Facebook page that showed the basement of his home on M-109, west of Glen Arbor, flooding with water. But Sack’s frustration fell on deaf ears. Later that evening, at the Township Hall in Glen Arbor, State Representative Ray Franz (Republican) concluded a townhall forum by calling Climate Change “a hoax”.

With important races looming for United States Congress, the Michigan House of Representatives and the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners (all politics is local!) the Glen Arbor Sun reached out to candidates on both sides of the political aisle and asked questions about important local issues, prior to the November 4 election.

Following is the Glen Arbor Sun‘s interview (vie email) with Democrat Tom Stobie, a former teacher and football coach at Frankfort High School, who is running against incumbent Ray Franz to represent Michigan’s 101st district (Leelanau, Benzie, Manistee and Mason counties) in Lansing. Franz has held the seat for two terms, since riding the Tea Party wave in 2010. Franz’s campaign chose not to answer our questions.

Michigan Senate Bill 59 may go down as the most ill-timed pieces of legislation to come out of Lansing in decades. On Thursday, Dec. 13, the state’s Republican-dominated Senate and House passed a bill that would allow people to carry concealed weapons in schools —regardless of a school’s prerogative.

Manistee businessman, Democrat Allen O’Shea is challenging Republican incumbent Ray Franz to represent Michigan’s 101st District in Lansing. Franz unseated Democrat Dan Scripps two years ago in a GOP and Tea Party tidal wave election.

Interlochen Public Radio and the Leelanau Enterprise will host a forum for candidates for the 101st House seat starting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Glen Arbor Township Hall.

With this year’s primary election upon us and voters casting ballots on Tuesday, Aug. 7, we reached out to Derek Bailey and Allen O’Shea — two progressive Democrats who are vying to oppose incumbent Republican Ray Franz for Michigan’s 101st House seat in the November election.

Our online story yesterday about a poll released by the Derek Bailey campaign that reportedly puts him in the lead one week before the Democratic primary apparently ruffled a few feathers, and raised questions, among Leelanau County Democrats.

The results in a new poll of 400 likely Democratic primary voters released in mid-July shows Derek Bailey, candidate for the 101st State Representative District, leading his opponent, Alan O’Shea of Manistee, by eight points as the August 7 primary approaches.