2018-07-05 / News

Mike Mueller receives key endorsements in 51st House of Representatives race

By Ben Gagnon
810-452-2661* bgagnon@mihomepaper.com

FLUSHING — As the Aug. 7 primary date approaches, sheriff’s deputy Mike Mueller of Linden has secured key endorsements in the race for the 51st House District seat.

Last Sunday, Mueller was endorsed by current term-limited 51st District Rep. Joseph Graves, who made the announcement during a campaign fundraiser for Mueller.

Several local officials, conservative groups and business associations have also backed Mueller’s campaign, including: State Senator Dave Robertson, the Police Officers Association of Michigan, Right to Life of Michigan and the Michigan Farm Bureau (and Agri-PAC).

“I am grateful and overwhelmed by the outpouring of community support,” he said. “I look forward to a positive campaign on the issues, and I promise to work hard to justify everyone’s confidence in me.”

Mueller, who’s served with the Livingston County Sheriff Department for 18 years, is contending on the Republican ticket along with strategic communications consultant Ian Shetron, Genesee County Commissioner Drew Shapiro and attorney Matthew Anderton. Former Linden Mayor David Lossing is running unopposed on the Democratic side of the primary.

Mueller said his experience in law enforcement and the United States Navy has prepared him to lead the 51st and tackle issues facing the community.

“After a hitch in the Navy, I became a Sheriff’s Deputy and have spent 18 years seeing both the best and worst in people—and dealing with society’s problems, especially the opioid crisis,” he said. “During those 18 years, I also helped operate our family farm, and have had to deal with government’s obstacles to success; and the frustrations many employers have with how students are ill prepared for the workforce.

“The State Legislature is finally starting to address these problems, but I want to bring my first-hand experience and commitment to Lansing to make sure it’s done right.”

Mueller’s father, Charles Mueller, served as State Representative from 1977 to 1986 in the old 83rd District, which originally covered much of the 51st District’s current range. Mike Mueller said he is proud to carry on his father’s legacy and is aiming to become a representative the community can be proud of.

In addition to his duties at the Livingston County Sheriff Department, Mueller co-owns a cider mill and apple orchard with his wife Angi. The couple has four children and are residents of Linden.

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