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Jack O'Malley announces run for Michigan House of Representatives

Jack O'Malley has announced his candidacy for the Michigan House of Representative.

BENZIE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- A northern Michigan radio show host has announced he will be running for the Michigan House of Representatives.

Jack O'Malley, longtime WTCM morning radio host and a resident of Almire Township, announced his run for the 101st District Tuesday on his show.

“I've spent over 30 years, every weekday morning, having a discussion with the people of Northern Michigan. I've interviewed politicians, business and community leaders and plain folks all over our area - and have done my best to promote all the great things we have to offer as a community on the radio," said O'Malley. "Now, it's time to turn the page. I intend to take the same passion, patriotism and perseverance to the State Legislature in Lansing and fight for the people of Northern Michigan there.”

The 101st District is currently represented by Rep. Curt VanderWall.

VanderWall recently announced his intention to run for the Michigan State Senate and will not be able to run again for the House.

O'Malley will run for the Republican nomination in August and touts his conservative beliefs of lower taxes, less government and more freedom while caring for those who are unable to care for themselves.

“I think it's time for some common-sense solutions in Lansing. We have serious issues facing our state and we need someone in office who knows what people are going through. From veterans to farmers, business owners to parents – there's a lot of people who need help. Every day I listen to the challenges people are facing and I know I can help. It seems that more and more problems are solved by serving the interests of the government instead of the serving the interests of the people. I want to take our stories to Lansing and fight for Northern Michigan," said O'Malley. "Enough of the 'one-size-fits-all' approach. The challenges we face here are different than what they face in Southeast Michigan and I intend to fight for us. Just as I have for the last 30 years, I intend to use my voice to help make life better for people.”

O'Malley says he will be attending meetings, going door-to-door and hosting coffee hours throughout Benzie, Leelanau, Manistee and Mason counties within the next couple of weeks and months.

For a full list of people who have applied for candidacy throughout the state, check out the Secretary of State's website.

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