Campaign Co-Chair Announcement

Today, Representative Kim LaSata (R-Bainbridge Twp) officially announced the Co-Chairs for her state Senate Campaign.

- Sheriff Paul Bailey of Berrien County - Dr. David Mathews of Cass County - Senator Cameron Brown of Saint Joseph County

"Having the support of these amazing community leaders is a tremendous early boost to my campaign." LaSata said, "They will be an invaluable asset as I embark on this journey to serve Southwest Michigan as its next state Senator.”

Sheriff Bailey said, "I have known Kim for more than a decade and am confident she will promote economic opportunity, public safety and preserve the tremendous quality of life we all enjoy."

Bailey has served Berrien County as a police officer for over 30 years, and as County Sheriff since 2001. He is a graduate of Eau Claire High School, has attended Lake Michigan College, Wilma Community College, and Western Michigan University. He was the Chief of Police for the Village of Stevensville, and was a patrolman for Schoolcraft and Saint Joseph Township Police Departments.

Dr. David Mathews of Cass County has served as the President of Southwestern Michigan College since 2001. He holds a doctorate degree in mathematics from North Carolina State University and a bachelor’s degree from Lyman Briggs College at Michigan State University. He was also an Airborne Green Beret “A” Team Commander while serving in the U.S. Army.

"Kim LaSata is a champion for education at every level," Mathews said, "As Chair of Higher Education, Kim has worked hard to keep tuition costs low, make campuses safe, and increase both access and affordability. I'm confident that her unwavering commitment to students will benefit the entire state when she is elected Senator."

Senator Cameron S. Brown of St. Joseph County served 12 years in the Michigan Legislature, including eight years as state Senator representing St. Joseph County, and four years representing St. Joseph and Cass Counties in the Michigan House of Representatives. Brown also served as Chairman of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners, and a Sturgis City Commissioner. He was previously employed as Vice President, Marketing for Freeman Manufacturing Company in Sturgis.

"Representative LaSata understands the needs of southwest Michigan and the hard work necessary to serve the people of the 21st Senate District," Brown said. "Kim has a servant's heart. She will be a tireless defender of southwest Michigan values, and will continue a long tradition of strong and effective leadership for our border counties.”

"I am incredibly excited by the coalition of support we are building," LaSata said, "It is an honor to have such esteemed community leaders take a pivotal role on my campaign. Their legacy of service to our area is exactly what I strive to emulate as the next state Senator for Southwest Michigan.”

If elected, Kim LaSata would be the first woman to hold the 21st state Senate seat. She is running to replace Senator John Proos who cannot seek re-election due to term-limits.


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