The Republican field seeking the party’s nomination for the new 40th state House of Representatives District — which covers the eastern portion of West Bloomfield Township, in addition to Birmingham, Bloomfield Township and Bloomfield Hills — has grown to four.
Bloomfield Hills City Commissioner Mike McCready joins a gaggle of candidates seeking the seat: Oakland County Commissioner David Potts (R-Birmingham), Birmingham Public Schools Board of Education Treasurer Robert Lawrence, and attorney David Wolkinson, who served as policy director for Gov. Rick Snyder during the 2010 gubernatorial campaign.
“I am running for state representative because we need to keep Michigan on the right track financially and never revert back to the days when state government could not balance a budget or pass one on time,” McCready said in a written statement. “I am willing to work with Gov. Snyder and anyone in Lansing to help Michigan be a better place for job creators. The citizens of Michigan want their government to work, and they don’t care who does it or who gets credit for it.”
McCready, who was first elected to the Bloomfield Hills City Commission in 2007, served for five years on the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals, for which he was also chairman. A graduate of Western Michigan University, he is a principal with McCready & Associations Manufacture Representatives.
“I’ve got a good business background and some political background behind me,” McCreary said last week. “I really want to get out and meet the people right now, talk to residents, understand what it is that they want from their state representative.”
He said jobs and the economy — two issues he plans on tackling if he gets to Lansing — are on everyone’s minds this election season.
“I’ve gotten some great feedback and heard from a lot of officials, got their support and encouragement,” he said.
As of press time, no Democrats had filed to run for election in the new 40th state House District.
State representatives serve two-year terms and are currently paid $71,685 annually.
The primary election is slated for Aug. 7, and the general election is scheduled for Nov. 6. The filing deadline for candidates is Tuesday, May 15.