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Senator Jansen decides against congressional run

Senator Jansen decides against congressional run

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—  Republican Senator Mark Jansen says he will not join the race for Congressman Justin Amash’s seat next year.

“I have decided at this time my focus will continue to help Michigan find the road to recovery, from Grand Rapids to Detroit to the Upper Peninsula to our lake shores,” Jansen said. ”Right now I really feel the call to continue helping Michigan’s recovery as my Senate term ends in 13 short months.”

Jansen says he has been “strongly encouraged” to run for the 3rd Congressional District seat for the past two years.  He believes people want the same level of reform achieved in Michigan to happen in Washington.

Jansen represents the northern portion of Kent County.  The U.S. 3rd Congressional District includes Belding, Rockford, Lowell, East Grand Rapids, Walker, Ada and Cascade, Alpine Township, Sparta, Plainfield Township and all of Grand Rapids.

Rep. Rob VerHeulen to hear community concerns Nov. 23

Rep. Rob VerHeulen to hear community concerns Nov. 23

SPARTA, Mich.—State lawmaker Rob VerHeulen will visit Sparta Saturday, November 23 to hear community concerns.

VerHeulen, who represents the Walker area, will be available from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Maxine’s Family Restaurant, located at 370 N. State Street.           

"I always look forward to my office hours each month," VerHeulen said. "It gives me an opportunity to leave the office and meet residents in person."

Those who cannot attend VerHeulen’s office hours are encouraged to contact his Lansing office by calling (517) 373-8900 or emailing RobVerHeulen@house.mi.gov.    

Members vote on whether to allow Village and Township to leave Metro Council

Members vote on whether to allow Village and Township to leave Metro Council

Two communities are trying to leave the Grand Valley Metropolitan Council.

Right now, members of the Metro Council are voting on whether to allow Sparta and Sparta Township to withdraw and Ada Township to join the group. Sparta officials say the city council decided to withdraw from the Metro Council about a year and a half ago. 

If all the changes are approved, 33 counties, cities, townships and villages will be members of the Metro Council, which is in charge of coordinating development and governmental affairs across municipalities.

Congressman Justin Amash schedules Sparta town hall meeting

Congressman Justin Amash schedules Sparta town hall meeting

SPARTA, Mich.--  Congressman Justin Amash is returning to Michigan to host town hall meetings in Sparta and Cedar Springs.

The Republican plans to answer questions about the issues facing Michigan’s Third District and the country.  Sparta’s Town Hall will take place Monday, July 1 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at Sparta Carnegie Township Library, 80 North Union Street.  A second town hall is scheduled later that day, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Creative Technologies Academy, 350 Pine Street in Cedar Springs.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Senator Stabenow to visit Sparta May 28 to push farm bill

Senator Stabenow to visit Sparta May 28 to push farm bill

SPARTA, Mich.—Senator Debbie Stabenow will join agricultural leaders in Sparta Tuesday to call for the approval of her  2013 farm bill.

Stabenow will visit May Farms Tuesday afternoon to discuss the bill, which includes $24 billion in agricultural program reforms.  The bill also cracks down on food assistance abuse.  For a summary of the 2013 farm bill, click here.

 The Senate Agriculture Committee passed the farm bill on May 14 by a 15-5 vote. The full Senate is expected to cast its final vote on the measure next week.  If the farm bill fails to pass by September 30, the U.S. will revert back to an agriculture policy put in place in the 1940s.

Business Talk with Rep. Rob VerHeulen - April 15

Business Talk with Rep. Rob VerHeulen - April 15

74th District State Representative Rob VerHeulen will be part of a roundtable discussion in Sparta on April 15. The Sparta Business Roundtable is an opportunity to have important corporations and industry in the area discuss matters that affect business & economic development on a local level. This meeting will also be an opportunity to meet other businesses & industry leaders. Continue Reading →

Environmental Organization Grades Local Lawmakers

Environmental Organization Grades Local Lawmakers

Find the grades for legislators in your district through The Sierra Club's full scorecard.  

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