Rep. Peter Pettalia, R-Presque Isle, announced his plans Monday to seek re-election to the 106th District in the Michigan State House of Representatives. The 106th district consists of Alpena, Presque Isle, parts of Cheboygan, Iosco, and Alcona counties.
Pettalia made the announcement in stops in Cheboygan, Rogers City, Alpena, Harrisville and Oscoda.
"I understand the value of hard work and I look forward to fostering a business friendly climate conducive to job creation," Pettalia said. "I will continue to work for the people in bringing Michigan back to the economic state we so desperately need. With the successful elimination of the job-killing Michigan Business Tax as well as the removal of the MBT surcharge, which stunted job creation for growing small family businesses, we are already on the right path to economic recovery."
Pettalia calls himself a staunch supporter of the local economy and natural resources, and works hard to represent the people of northeastern Lower Michigan. During his first term in office, Pettalia passed the Youth Mentoring Hunting legislation that enables minors, within the presence of a parent/guardian/mentor, to learn the traditions and heritage of hunting in Northern Michigan. Pettalia also passed a concurrent resolution to urge Congress to make every effort to expedite and fund the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Basin Interbasin Study to ensure Asian carp to not invade our great lakes. He also sponsored a resolution to express opposition to the ban of firearm hunting and snowmobiling in certain areas of the Huron-Manistee National Forest.
Other legislation Pettalia sponsored includes the motorcycle helmet repeal which sets the standards for those with accomplished provisions to ride a motorcycle without a helmet. He has also introduced legislation that would enable property to be transferred to an immediate family member without increasing the "pop-up" tax, thereby ensuring property stays within the family in Northern Michigan, protecting our heritage and way of life.
The primary is Aug. 7 and the filing deadline is May 15 for candidates to get on the primary ballot.