The Aug. 7 primary election is drawing closer every day, but how much do you really know about the names on the ballot?
Patch is interviewing candidates running in the Aug. 7 primary, including the five candidates for the 40th District's seat in the Michigan House of Representatives.
The seat is currently filled by Rep. Chuck Moss (R-Birmingham), who is unable to run for re-election this year due to term limits ().
, the 40th district will be composed of Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, and a portion of West Bloomfield.
Running for the spot on the Republican ticket are and longtime , as well as Bloomfield Hills Commissioner Mike McCready and .
Family: Wife Yvonne, and two daughters.
Education: McCready graduated from in 1978 and earned a earned a bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University in 1983.
Occupation: A principal owner of McCready & Associates. Currently Mayor Pro-tem of ; former mayor of Bloomfield Hills; member of the Bloomfield Hills City Commission since 2007; also served on the city's planning commission, zoning board of appeals and library committee.
Residence: Bloomfield Hills
Other activities or endorsements: Endorsements include: The Detroit Free Press; former Bloomfield Township Supervisor Dave Payne; Bloomfield Township Supervisor Leo Savoie; Bloomfield Township Trustee Brian Kepes; Bloomfield Hills Mayor Sarah McClure; former Bloomfield Hills Mayor Michael Zambricki; and many other business leaders and residents that are highlighted on his campaign website.
Why are you running for state representative?
McCready's primary motivations are to help create jobs and keep state spending under control.
"We need to run an effective and efficient government, create a positive environment for business in Michigan, and fund education for our children with money that goes into the classroom, not into pension and health care benefits and to improve our infrastructure," he said.
What are new ideas you would bring to the position/district?
McCready said his skillset would suit a position on the House Appropriations Committee and that he's committed to streamlining operations for efficiency.
"We need to keep Michigan on the right track, not go back to the days when our
legislature could not balance a budget in a timely manner," he said. "We want our government to be effective and efficient and work for everyone."
Check out the stories we've written about McCready and his campaign for the State House: