Peter Konetchy runs for fourth district congressional seat - WNEM TV 5

Peter Konetchy runs for fourth district congressional seat

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The August primary is heating up in Michigan's fourth congressional district, where three candidates are looking to replace the retiring Congressman Dave Camp.

They are John Moolenaar, of Midland; Paul Mitchell, of Thomas Township; and Peter Konetchy, of Roscommon.

Konetchy calls himself a small business owner.

"I'm running because I understand that this nation is supposed to have a severely limited government," he said.

With federal spending at nearly $4 trillion, Konetchy said one of his top priorities is tackling the size of government.

"The government has been expanding geometrically and now it's in every aspect of our society," he said.

Konetchy said his second priority involves making the country self-sufficient in energy.

"I don't accept the superiority of the federal government over the people in the states," he said. 

Konetchy acknowledges his uphill fight with both of his opponents already on the air with commercials making their case. 

The winner of the August primary will face off against Democrat Jeff Holmes in the general election in November.

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