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Rep. LaFave joins Republican SOS race after Trump endorsed opponent

By: - October 4, 2021 10:26 am

State Rep. Beau LaFave at the open carry rally at the Michigan Capitol, Sept. 10, 2019 | Claire Moore

State Rep. Beau LaFave (R-Iron Mountain) said in a Facebook post Monday morning that he plans to run for secretary of state in 2022. However, President Donald Trump last month already endorsed another Republican running who has spread conspiracy theories about the 2020 election he lost.

Trump’s pick is Kristina Karamo, a former GOP poll watcher from Oak Park and says she is precinct delegate, Michigan GOP state committeewoman, member of Michigan’s 14th District Republican Executive Committee. Voters will not decide the nomination; delegates to the Michigan GOP state convention will do so in April 2022.

“Highly respected Kristina Karamo has my Complete and Total Endorsement to run for Secretary of State of the Great State of Michigan!” Trump said in September. “… Kristina will fight for you like no other.”

Rep. Beau LaFave campaign announcement, Oct. 4, 2021 | Facebook

LaFave did not mention Trump or being the state’s chief election officer in his statement, but instead slammed Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson for customer service issues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I am running for Secretary of State! Enough is enough! Our current Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson would continue making the 10,000,000 People of Michigan wait weeks and months to see her staff at local offices… AFTER booking an appointment online. It is unacceptable. This, and many other issues we will discuss over the next 13 months, is why I’m running to Open the Offices and Restore Integrity to the SOS,” he posted.

Plainfield Township Clerk Cathleen Postmus also has filed to run as a Republican for secretary of state. LaFave has not yet filed a candidate committee with the secretary of state.

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Susan J. Demas

Susan J. Demas is a 21-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 4,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 70 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.

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