Hoekstra, Dillon Bring Campaigns To Mid-Mich. 7-06-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Hoekstra, Dillon Bring Campaigns To Mid-Mich. 7-06-2010

With Michigan’s primary less than a month away, Republican gubernatorial hopeful Pete Hoekstra is pouring on the steam.
Rep. Hoekstra, who is currently leading in the polls with four candidates behind him, met with Lapeer business leaders and toured industrial plants as he stumped across the county.
Energy Steel in Lapeer was one of a handful of campaign stops for Hoekstra. Energy Steel manufactures equipment for the nuclear power industry.
Hoekstra Visits Lapeer Company On Campaign Stop
While currently leading in the polls, Hoekstra comes in last when it comes to campaign money spent so far.
“We spend our money effectively and obviously are getting good results,” said Hoekstra. “We're still ahead in the polls and continue to build momentum.”
Hoekstra said his time in Washington, D.C., has prepared him to lead Michigan.
“I’ve got the resume, I've got a strong business background, I know politics, I know business,” said Hoekstra.
The Holland, Mich., native said cutting taxes and spending is key, but much work needs to be done to lure business to the state.
“The Michigan business tax has to go,” said the 56-year-old. “[It's] probably one of the worst in the country. It's anti-jobs, anti-investment [and] it's chasing investment out of the state.”
Energy Steel workers said Hoekstra’s visit will help them decide on who they should vote for in the August primary.
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With only $5,500 spent on the campaign so far, Hoekstra said he will kick off a media campaign Wednesday and use hard work and a little shoe leather to stay ahead of the other four who are seeking the Republican nomination for governor.
Tuesday was the deadline for anyone wanting to register to vote in the Aug. 3 primary.
People can mail in forms or sign up in person at a Secretary of State or any government office.
Andy Dillon was also in the Mid-Michigan area today. Dillon stopped at the Flint Riverbank Park to talk about economic development.
Dillion Brings Campaign Message To Flint
Dillon said he hopes to win the August primary based on his business experience, his time as the current Speaker of the Michigan House and his number one priority – jobs.
Dillon said Tuesday he wants to use the state’s current infrastructure and skilled workers to jump start Michigan’s economy.
Dillon is battling Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero for the Democratic nomination.
Meanwhile, Hoekstra has launched his second TV ad in the Republican race for governor.
The black-and-white ad shows Hoekstra talking about how he'd cut spending and change taxes. It will air mostly in western Michigan.
The congressman is being outspent on the airwaves by GOP rivals Rick Snyder, Mike Cox and Mike Bouchard.
Campaign spokesman John Truscott said Tuesday Hoekstra remains confident he can win by holding on to his west Michigan base while getting some votes in southeast Michigan.
The ad starts airing on cable and some broadcast stations late Tuesday and runs statewide for a week.
Truscott said the relatively light ad buy is costing "tens of thousands" of dollars. The campaign plans to spend more closer to the Aug. 3 primary.
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