Competition for 1st District seat best for voters

The race for the Congressional District seat that covers the Upper Peninsula and the northern Lower Peninsula got a bit more interesting this week.

On Tuesday, The Associated Press reported that a downstate Democrat has thrown his hat into the ring for the 2014 election.

According to AP, retired sheriff and former military officer Jerry Cannon is planning to run for a northern Michigan congressional seat that was one of the country’s most hotly contested campaigns in 2012. The 1st District seat is currently held by second-term Republican Rep. Dan Benishek.

Outside of his immediate political circle Cannon, who lives in Fife Lake with his wife, is an unknown. His resume reveals he is a Vietnam veteran who later joined the Michigan Army National Guard. He also was sheriff in Kalkaska County.

AP reported that Cannon says he’s frustrated with Washington and claims Benishek isn’t creating jobs or working for the middle class. Benishek is a surgeon from Crystal Falls and says he welcomes Cannon to the race.

Benishek says he hopes Cannon’s proposals reflect the values of northern Michigan and not party leaders, said AP.

Depending on what his views and ideas are, and the depth of his financial backing, Cannon could make it an interesting race next year – assuming he prevails in the Democratic primary, of course. Campaign 2014 has just started.