County Commissioner Steve Williams announced his candidacy for the state House of Representatives on Friday.
Williams, who represents Putnam Township and parts of Marion, Genoa and Hamburg townships on the county board, will run in 2008 for the seat in Lansing currently held by Rep. Chris Ward, R-Brighton. Ward won't be able to run again because of term limits.
Williams ran for the seat in 2002, but dropped out in the primary because he was mobilized into the armed forces.
He emphasized his ability to solve problems and work together with other lawmakers.
"I'm a conservative, pro-life, pro-defense, pro-Second Amendment candidate," he said. "But I recognize there is a need for services."
This is an open seat and also my district (66th). This district covers most of the Brighton area and two 1/2 municipalities of the Howell Area. Brighton City/Township, Green Oak, Genoa Township, Marion Township (Steve's home), and Oceola Township. The rest of the county is in Joe Hune's district (47th), which is also an open seat in 2008. Milford Township in Oakland County is also in the 66th District. There are plenty of rumored candidates for both districts, and Steve was one of the most mentioned.
Steve's a strong candidate and made a smart decision by announcing this early. He nearly beat then-incumbent Judie Scranton back in 2000 almost solely on the life issue. He ran again for 2002, but dropped out after 9/11 as he was a reservist called up for active duty. He has a track record and has walked the walk on the 2nd Amendment and life issues.
Steve's a good guy, although I am not making any endorsements for this race at this time. He's one candidate I will consider voting for when the time comes. However, the primary is still 15 months away and I'd like to see who else is running before jumping into the fire.