2018-04-15 / Opinion

Election year brings out candidates to county’s GOP’s Lincoln Day Dinner

ELBA TWP. — The Lapeer County Republican Party recently held its annual Lincoln Day Dinner at the Lapeer Country Club. Since this is an election year, there were many dignitaries present.

The dinner featured three keynote speakers, including Rep. Paul Mitchell of Dryden Township, Rep. Drew Ferguson from Georgia and Rep. Lloyd Smucker from Pennsylvania.

Additional dignitaries and speakers were: Michigan Senate President Pro-Tempore Tonya Schuitmaker; State Sen. Mike Green; Michigan Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, and Rep. Gary Howell.

Speaking as candidates were: for U.S. Senate — John James and Bob Carr; for governor Dr. Jim Hines, and Carter Bundy (speaking for Bill Schuette); for Attorney General — Tonya Schuitmaker and Tom Leonard; for Secretary of State – Mary Treder Lang, Stanley Grot and Joseph Guzman; for State Senate District 31 — Kevin Daley and Gary Glenn; for County Commissioner District No. 1 – Brenden Miller.


Kevin Daley, candidate for Senate District 31 Kevin Daley, candidate for Senate District 31 This year’s recipient of the Carol Little Award, as outstanding Republican, was awarded to Harry D. Akers, for his many hours of service to the party.

Winner of this year’s scholarship, in the amount of $1,000 was Jared Czape of Lapeer who attends Dryden High School and is in dual enrollment attending Mott Community College. He will continue to pursue his education at Michigan State University, with a goal of becoming an orthopedic surgeon.



Walt Bargen, chair of the Lapeer County Republican Party Walt Bargen, chair of the Lapeer County Republican Party

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