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April 10, 2014

Youthful candidates make their pitches

TRAVERSE CITY -- The two youngest announced Republican candidates for Grand Traverse County's seat in the state House don't view their ages as a detriment.

“While I’m the youngest candidate in the field, I have a lot of relevant experience both working within the county, in my own small business and also in Lansing,” said Isaiah Wunsch, 27.

Wunsch studied public policy at the University of Michigan and said he never thought he would go into politics. But he got a part-time job in state Sen. Howard Walker’s office, and everything changed.

“I really enjoyed working on policy issues, working with constituents,” Wunsch said. “When this seat opened up I thought that it would be a great opportunity for me to give back to the community with some of the public policy skills I’ve picked up over the years.”

Now, Wunsch is an agri-business specialist for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation who also works on the family Wunsch Farm, which grows and processes cherries and applies.

He also owns his own apple packing business.

Wunsch said he would focus on creating a small business-friendly climate, if elected.

“I think that it’s really important to focus on small business because we don’t have a lot of the big anchor companies in Grand Traverse County that some of the communities in other parts of the state do,” Wunsch said.

He also said he’d like to get more state funding for the area’s schools.

Vore, 30, said he is less focused on individual policies and more on creating a different atmosphere in Lansing.

“We’re missing people who are accountable and honest in the halls of legislation,” Vore said.

He’s targeted nine areas he cares about, including limited government, second amendment rights, and protecting natural resources.

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