FLINT TOWNSHIP, MI — Flint Township Supervisor Karyn Miller announced her campaign Thursday to run for the vacant 49th District state House seat.
Miller, who is serving her second term as township supervisor, joined the race late because she was waiting to see if any of the candidates that filed had the qualifications and experience to properly represent the 49th District, according to a press release.
“The economy is on the upswing in many parts of our state,” Miller said in a written statement. “And the communities in the district need appropriate representation in Lansing to insure we share in that rebound. I have the qualifications and experience to best represent the people of the 49th district. I look forward to talking with voters during the campaign about creating more jobs, increasing public safety, lowering taxes, and restoring funding for education.”
The House seat became vacant after former Jim Ananich, D-Flint, was elected to the 27th District Senate seat May 7 during a special election.
The string of special election was set into motion when former State Sen. John Gleason’s, D-Flushing, won the election in November to be Genesee County clerk/register.
Gov. Rick Snyder called a special election to fill the 49th District seat for Nov. 5. A primary will be held Aug. 6, if necessary.
Phil Phelps, former special advisor for House Democratic Leader Richard Hammel and former chief of staff for incoming State Rep. Pam Faris in 2013, started campaigning for the House seat in April.
Trevor Rodgers, a 24-year-old pharmacy technician from Flint Township, also threw his name in the hat earlier this month.
Kyle McCree, manager of Community Outreach for the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, formally announced his campaign May 13. Last week, he sent a notice withdrawing from the special election.
Miller is entering the Democratic Primary, officially beginning her campaign on June 1 at the Swartz Creek Hometown Days Parade, according to a press release.
The filing deadline for candidates for the 49th District House seat is 4 p.m. June 4.