Rep. Maturen Fires Back in Contested Primary Election Campaign
State Rep. Dave Maturen takes exception with just about everything his challenger is saying about his record, and took to the 95.3 WBCK airwaves to speak his mind.
Maturen is finishing his second term in the 63rd District and is hoping to serve one final two-year term. But an unexpected challenger, fellow Republican Matt Hall, entered the race to challenge Maturen in the Republican Primary on August 7th.
Maturen explained his vote against auto insurance reform, saying the bill was drafted to benefit Detroit area drivers and also had a mechanism that would allow insurance companies an "off ramp" to go back on promised rollbacks in costs. He pointed out that the bill failed miserably, because many legislators also had problems with it. Maturen says he's all for giving Michigan motorists more choices and more affordable insurance, said the bill wasn't good for drivers in the 63rd district.
Maturen said his challenger, Matt Hall, has never voted in the 63rd district, and has no history of service or community involvement here. He says Hall moved into an apartment in Emmett Township on March 26th, the day he filed the paperwork to run for the State House. He says Hall had filed in January to run for the US Congress against Justin Amash from his home in Grand Rapids, but changed his mind and decided to move to Battle Creek and run.
Maturen also said he has the support of many elected Republicans in Kalamazoo and Calhoun Counties, including State Senator Mike Nofs, Sheriff Matt Saxton, Prosecutor David Gilbert, Clerk-Register Anne Norlander, Treasurer Brian Wensaur, Commissioners King, Frisbie, Potter, Vette, and Tompkins, as well as Marshall Mayor Jack Reed. The Kalamazoo list includes State Senators Schuitmaker and O'Brien, and Congressman Fred Upton.
Candidate Hall is scheduled to be on the 95.3 WBCK Morning Show again on Monday July 23rd.