By Greg Stempfle, Political Director
Editor’s note: This article concerns candidates seeking the Libertarian Party nomination through the primary system. The Michigan Libertarian provides fair coverage of any Libertarian Party of Michigan member who is seeking the nomination through this process without endorsing one candidate over another.
Two members of the Libertarian Party of West Michigan filed their paperwork this week to run for State Representative in the August 2018 primary election. This brings the total number of Libertarians running for the Michigan State Legislature to six, with over three months left until the filing deadline.
Jamie Lewis is running in District 72 which covers, in Kent County, the City of Kentwood and Gaines Township and in Allegan County, the City of Wayland and the Townships of Dorr, Leighton, and Wayland. Jamie is a skilled tradesman in the Grand Rapids area, and has been active in Libertarian politics since volunteering for the Jon Coon campaign in 1994. He currently serves as the 3rd district representative on the LEC and has twice been the party’s nominee for Secretary of State.
Patty Malowney is running in District 77 which covers the City of Wyoming and Byron Township in Kent County. Patty is an editor and social media consultant for a popular website for moms. Her website was acquired by a multi-million dollar company in 2008. As an entrepreneur in the internet business, she knows the value of networking and personal connections. She intends to use her networking skills and connections to run a competitive campaign in the 77th district.
Good luck to both candidates!