Federal and state lawmaker positions covering Crawford County up for grabs at Nov. 6 general election polls
Dan Sanderson | Staff Writer
Crawford County voters will select two federal representatives and two state lawmaker positions when they go to the general election polls on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
In the race for the U.S. Senate seat, Republican John James, from Farmington Hills, is challenging incumbent Democrat Sen. Debbie Stabenow, from Clare.
James graduated from West Point and spent eight years in the Army as a Ranger-qualified aviation officer, serving with distinction in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is president of James Group International, a supply-chain logistics company in Detroit.
James and his wife, Elizabeth, have two young sons.
Stabenow worked in public schools before running for public office.
She was elected to the Ingham County Board of Commissioners when she was 24-years-old, and in two years, was elected chair of the board. Stabenow was then elected to the Michigan House of Representatives, where she served for 12 years, and to the State Senate where she served for four years.
Elected to the U.S. Congress in 1996 representing Michigan’s Eighth Congressional District, Stabenow made history in 2000 when she became the first woman from the State of Michigan elected to the United States Senate.
Stabenow has two children and one stepchild.
Democrat Matt Morgan, from Traverse City, is challenging Republican Rep. Jack Bergman, from Watersmeet, for the First Congressional House of Representatives Seat.
Bergman is a retired United States Marine Corps lieutenant general. He served as commanding general of Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North, and also served as a naval aviator.
Bergman ran his own business in the medical equipment field, and also served as a commercial pilot for Northwest Airlines.
Bergman was elected to Congress in 2016, and is running for his second term.
After graduating from the University of Illinois, Morgan earned a commission in the United States Marine Corps. He served 20 years in the military, culminating in several senior staff roles where he provided counsel to numerous military leaders, including the Secretary of Defense.
Morgan met his, Angie, a fellow Marine, who grew up in L’Anse and Kalkaska.
After leaving the Marines, the couple returned to northern Michigan to raise their two sons.
Morgan has worked in the television and film industry.
The First Congressional District covers the entire Upper Peninsula of Michigan and 16 counties in the northern Lower Peninsula.
Republican candidate Curt VanderWall, from Ludington, and Democrat Mike Talliard, from Beulah, are vying for the 35th State Senate District.
Talliard is a US Army Reserves veteran. He is an economic consultant, author, and adjunct graduate school professor. He is married to his wife, Ashley. The couple has four children.
VanderWall is the state’s 101st District Representative. He also served as a Mason County Commissioner, including time as chairman of the board.
VanderWall owns Turf Care Mole Man of Ludington, a pest control and landscaping business.
VanderWall and wife, Diane, have three children, two who still live at home.
The 35th State Senate District covers Benzie, Crawford, Kalkaska, Lake, Leelanau, Manistee, Mason, Missaukee, Ogemaw, Osceola, Roscommon, and Wexford counties.
The term for the seat is for four years.
Democrat Tim Schaiberger, from West Branch, is challenging Republican Rep. Daire Rendon, from Lake City, for the 103rd House of Representatives Seat.
Rendon is running for her second term in the State House of Representatives.
Rendon started her career at the Social Security Administration in Grand Rapids, when she also started teaching catechism at her local parish, St. Mary’s of Marne.
Since 2001, Rendon has been president of a small business that she started. Her company, DPS, provides financial services and call center support to the security industry.
Rendon and her husband, Bruce, have two daughters and two granddaughters.
Schaiberger has a school-age daughter. He serves on the city council and owns his own web and social media business. He is a former executive director of Ogemaw Kids Club and a former substitute teacher.
The 103rd State House of Representatives district covers Missaukee, Crawford, Kalkaska, Roscommon, and Ogemaw counties.
Voting locations for the Nov. 6 general election in the Crawford County include the Beaver Creek Township Hall, Frederic Township Hall, Lovells Township Hall, Maple Forest Township Hall, Grayling Charter Township Hall, Grayling City Hall, and the South Branch Township Hall. The voting polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.