Michigan House hopeful Tom Kunse running for 100th District

Newly drawn district covers eastern Lake County

MECOSTA, OSCEOLA, LAKE COUNTIES — Tom Kunse, candidate for state representative for the newly drawn 100th District, which includes Mecosta, Osceola and a portion of Lake counties, hosted a meet and greet at the Osceola Grand Hotel in Evart recently.

Kunse visited with constituents, and local elected officials during the casual, one-on-one event, as part of his ongoing effort to become more familiar with the district and the issues people feel are important.

“This is my first time to do anything like this,” Kunse said. “I ran for the township board (Grant Township), but other than that, this is all new. But it’s been fun meeting everyone and visiting with local people. I’ve been getting to know a lot of local office holders like Commissioner (Roger) Elkins."

According to his profile on the votekunse.com website, he actively seeks out local officials who understand and deal with the daily issues that affect people’s lives, will listen to all sides of an issue and fight for what he believes is right.

One of Kunse’s goals, his profile states, is promoting skilled trades, which he believes is the path for young people to good paying jobs. He supports election integrity and believes photo ID’s should be required to vote, and supports smaller government.

Kunse has stated that believes people can manage their lives better than a well-intentioned government official and that small government is better for everyone, including future generations.

In addition, if elected, he plans to continue to push for the extension of broadband access throughout rural area.

Kunse lives in Clare with his wife, Janet and two children, Natalee and Cristian. He graduated from Clare High School in 1989 and earned a Mechanical Engineering degree from Michigan Technical University in 1994 and a Master’s degree in Nuclear Physics from Central Michigan University in 2010.

The newly drawn 100th District covers all of Mecosta and Osceola counties, parts of Lake County (including Chase and east of Luther) and most of Clare County. According to the Michigan Secretary of State's unofficial list of primary candidate, Kunse is currently the only candidate running for the 100th District. Two other Republicans who were signed up, Ryan Roberts and Kelly Smith, have withdrawn from the race.