2/4/13 - A local official is looking to move into the political arena in 2014. Dr. Henry Vaupel of Fowlerville has officially announced his candidacy for Michigan’s 47th District House of Representatives seat. He is the current Handy Township Supervisor and the founder of a local veterinary clinic. The seat is currently held by Republican Cindy Denby, who is term limited. Dr. Vaupel says he brings extensive knowledge of his community to the race and would look to support legislation that grows the economy of Michigan, and Livingston County. He adds that any polices he would bring to Lansing would reflect his strong family and conservative values. District 47 encompasses Cohoctah, Conway, Deerfield, Handy, Hartland, Howell, Iosco, Marion, Oceola, Tyrone and Unadilla Townships as well as the City of Howell, the Village of Fowlerville and a portion of Fenton City. More information about Vaupel can be found through the link below.
I think there's a geographic advantage with the Fowlerville area in regards to this district, despite more population in the Hartland/Tyrone area. Western Livingston has a long history for not only voting for their own, but getting out the vote in order to do so. Joe Hune set the standard on this in his 2002 then major upset. He worked hard and got Western Livingston behind him. Cindy Denby was Handy Township Supervisor and was also a staffer for Joe Hune before taking Joe's spot. Dr Hank Vaupel is currently Handy Township Supervisor and is now running for Joe and Cindy's old position.
Vaupel is a good guy and a long time supporter of the party and is probably best known for founding the Kern Road Veterinarian clinic. He will certainly be a contender for the position. We'll see who else is in.