Iron Mountain’s Beau LaFave has begun a campaign to be the Republican Party nominee for Secretary of State in next year’s election, the only UP resident so far to enter the race. LaFave, now a State Representative, says he was drawn to vie for the post following the decision by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to end walk-in appointments at offices across Michigan.
That decision has since been modified, but the appointment system is still the preferred method for scheduling a visit.
LaFave says the new Upper Peninsula districts being proposed by the bipartisan redistricting committee were not a primary factor in his decision to avoid seeking reelection, but he isn’t a fan of what the 108th will look like for the next decade.
Both parties select their Secretary of State nominee through delegates at the state convention. Other posts picked that way include Attorney General and Lieutenant Governor.