IRON MOUNTAIN - Alan Arcand of Iron River will be the featured speaker at the Americans for Constitutional Enforcement (ACE) community-wide meeting Tuesday at Recreation Lanes in Iron Mountain, said ACE President Lee Guizzetti
A Republican challenger to U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek, R-Crystal Falls, in the Aug. 5 primary, Arcand was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula with solid U.P. values. His father, Greg Arcand, labored as a miner and his mother, Ann (Coleman) Arcand was a small business owner of a video rental store.
At an early age, Alan learned the value of hard work and that if he wanted or needed something, he had to work for it. So as a young boy, he collected pop cans to buy his baseball cards and while in high school he took a job bagging groceries, washing cars, running a lube shop and working at a local auto repair business.
Shortly after graduating high school, Arcand decided to make a commitment to serve his country and enlisted in the United States Air Force. Upon completion of his basic training, he was sent to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina.
Recognized for his leadership ability, Airman Arcand was assigned the position of crew chief, with the responsibility of supervising and working on the F-15 jet fighter.
Arcand was proud of his service and country and, while enlisted, volunteered to serve on the Honor Guard.
Rising in rank and responsibility, he was assigned to Tyndall AFB in Panama City, Fla., where he served out his final four years as an aviation maintenance Instructor while also attending the Community College of the Air Force, receiving degrees in both aviation maintenance and instructor of technology. He continued his education at Embry-Riddle University and received his bachelor's degree, with honors, in professional aeronautics and a double minor in aviation safety and management. Arcand was honorably discharged in 2009.
Upon returning to the U.P., Arcand opened a successful automotive repair business in Iron Mountain. His military training, education and love for his country caused him to take note of how the nation was being subverted from within by politically powerful special interest groups. This concerned him and he became active in politics as a way to turn that tide around.
In 2012, Arcand was elected to serve as a delegate from Iron County to the Republican State Convention in Detroit and while there he was picked to represent his district, and the state, as a national delegate to attend the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., that same year.
After observing the real political world and how the little guy is pushed out of the decision making process, the political bug bit and Arcand committed himself to work to promote conservative issues in his home state.
Arcand is a true Constitutional conservative with a heart for service to the 1st Congressional District of Michigan. He is anxious to share his reason for challenging the current congressman and his vision for what he hopes he can do for the people of the district.
ACE, according to Guizzetti, is a non-political educational organization that wants to make sure that individuals of all sides can present their ideas and stands on the main issues facing our nation.
"We do have a standing invitation to Congressman Benishek also," said Guizzetti. "All views will be considered and we invite inquiries from other candidates wishing to speak on Constitutional issues. Interested parties may contact me at (906) 204-4470 with their topics or ideas for a future program," he said.
A social time will begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday followed by an optional porketta sandwich, fries beverage and desert luncheon, which will be served at 6 pm. Cost of the dinner is $7 and reservations are required by calling ACE Treasurer Diane Nichols at (906) 774-3310 before noon Saturday.