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James would bring fresh perspective to Senate for Michigan

Stagnation is not a path Michigan should follow. Unfortunately, it has become a familiar road in some aspects of government — particularly Michigan’s U.S. Senate delegation over the past few decades.

Government is more polarized than ever and every actions seems to drive the political players further and further apart. Compromise is a dirty word. Little is accomplished. In the end, we all lose.

On Nov. 6, voters in the Upper Peninsula and throughout Michigan will have a chance to reverse a culture of stagnation and breath new life into the state’s U.S. Senate delegation. We believe the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, John James, can bring much-needed change to Washington and urge residents to support his candidacy.

Here’s why — James’ character, background and beliefs reflect the core values we hold near and dear in the U.P. His life is a reflection of this. A West Point graduate, James saw combat in Operation Iraqi Freedom and is a decorated Army veteran. After his honorable discharge from the military, he returned home to Michigan to work in the family business, James Group International. He now is as president of the company and has lead it on a road of growth while creating an additional 100 jobs in his home state.

Besides his bachelor degree from West Point, James also holds two masters degrees. He resides in Farmington Hills with his wife and two sons.

James brings much to the table. As a veteran, he understands their special needs. With so few of our elected officials having served their country in the military, he is uniquely qualified to make the voices of veterans heard in the Senate.

James has proven himself in the world of business. Under his hand, his family business has thrived and expanded. He understands the importance of a heathy business environment for the Upper Peninsula, Michigan and the U.S. James has the will and knowledge to keep our nation’s thriving economy headed in the right direction.

Perhaps most appealing about James is he seems to be in line with the values of the Upper Peninsula and its residents.

James is pro-life, pro-Second Amendment and a pro-business conservative. He values our natural resources and has vowed to protect our most valued resource — the Great Lakes.

James believes in serving his country, as demonstrated by his military service. He is a family man, a businessman and a good fit for Michigan and the U.P.

In James’ words, his parents “raised me to believe in faith and family, God and country, and service before self.”

We believe James will be a unifying force in Washington and a strong voice for Michigan in the U.S. Senate.

He deserves the support of the U.P. in the general election.

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