Republicans like to think they have a corner on the market when it comes to having people with business experience in their party. And they like to paint Democrats as a bunch of professional politicians with no understanding of how to meet a payroll or turn a profit.
Well, Republicans won't be able to use that false perception this year in the race for the 47th District House seat. This time, it's the Democrat who has the business experience and the Republican who is the politician.
Garry Post of Hamburg Township, who filed papers on Monday for the Democratic nomination, has owned and operated a manufacturing business and managed real estate. The incumbent, Republican Cindy Denby, has been in the job two years and before that was chief of staff for the Republican who held the job before that, Joe Hune. The 47th district includes the townships of Cohoctah, Conway, Deerfield, Hamburg, Handy, Hartland, Howell, Iosco, Putnam, Tyrone, and Unadilla, most of the city of Howell, and that portion of Marion Township included within the city limits of Howell.
A graduate of the University of Michigan, Post also has a law degree from Detroit College of Law, and a degree from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business’ "mini-MBA" program. He established a law firm in Michigan before moving to North Carolina in 1988 to pursue a career in manufacturing, becoming president and chief operating officer of Athol Manufacturing Corporation. Athol supplied vinyl coated fabrics for cars, truck and buses including major mid-level automotive companies.
"I know what it is like to create a product and to create jobs in the business world. I want to bring that perspective to Lansing as the next representative for our district," Post said in his announcement.
After the company was sold in 2000, Post began a career in real estate management and development in Ann Arbor with a focus on serving students.
You can read more about Post's background by visiting his website.
In the 47th House race, it's clear which candidate has the best resume for what Michigan needs right now.