By SooToday.com Staff
Monday, March 15, 2010
BENISHEK FOR CONGRESS
Benishek announces run for Congress
IRON MOUNTAIN, MI (March 15, 2010) - Daniel J. Benishek, M.D. announced today that he is running as a Republican against Bart Stupak for Michiganâ€™s 1st District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
At high noon, from the steps of the historic Dickinson County Courthouse, Benishek [shown] told a crowd of supporters that he has collected the 1,000 signatures needed to put his name on the August 3 primary ballot.
â€śI chose Dickinson County for my announcement,â€ť said Benishek, â€śbecause this is where I raised my children and where I have been practicing medicine as a surgeon and small business owner for nearly 30 years . . . and because I wanted to announce in Michiganâ€™s newest county my campaign to become Michiganâ€™s newest member of Congress.â€ť
Benishek is not a lawyer and has never before sought political office.
â€śI feel compelled to seek a position at this time because of disturbing developments in our nationâ€™s capitol,â€ť said Benishek. â€śI truly believe the people in our district deserve better.â€ť
Benishek is committed to principles of personal responsibility and limited government.
He stands firmly with the people of Americaâ€™s heartland, sharing conservative positions on key issues such as private-sector job creation, fiscal responsibility, tax-rate reduction, secure borders, free-market health-care reform, energy independence, strong national defense, second amendment rights and, most important, sanctity of life from conception to natural death.
"I have received tremendous response from people across our District,â€ť Benishek said, â€śbut I will need lots more support in my campaign to restore the American dream.â€ť
Benishek was born and raised in Iron River, a small mining town with a rich heritage and strong family values.
He and his wife Judy live in Crystal Falls and share five children and two grandchildren.