TRAVERSE CITY — A longtime Grand Traverse County commissioner is setting his sights on a seat in Michigan’s legislature.
Larry Inman on Friday announced his candidacy for the state House of Representatives in 2014.
“I’ve always had a passion for public office,” Inman said. “Serving in the state legislature is something I’ve always aspired to do in my career.”
Inman, a Republican from Acme Township, has been a member of the Grand Traverse County Commission since 1993. He worked in banking for 28 years before his retirement, most recently as a vice president for Huntington National Bank of Traverse City.
Inman said his campaign will focus on several statewide issues, including an inability to generate new revenues for road improvements and maintenance.
“I’m just frustrated along with the rest of the public that the state has not come up with a plan for our roads,” Inman said.
Other important statewide issues include K-12 funding inequity, job creation and state revenue sharing with counties, Inman said.
Inman hopes to represent Michigan’s 104th House District in Lansing. The seat currently is occupied by state Rep. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City. Schmidt will be term-limited out of that office at the end of 2014.
Voters last elected Schmidt to his post in 2012, when he defeated Democratic challenger Betsy Coffia by roughly 26,000 to 20,000 votes.
The 2014 primary election is scheduled for Aug. 5.