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SUMMIT TOWNSHIP—Lifelong Jackson County resident and local business leader Phil Tripp is pleased to announce his intention to run for 64th District State Representative in the November 2016 election.

“This is a crucial time for Jackson and the state of Michigan. We’ve made progress, but let’s not settle for ‘good enough’,” said Tripp. “Michigan was once the economic powerhouse of the United States and the industrial envy of the world. If I’m elected, I will help make common sense policies that will strengthen both state and area businesses because I know we can get back there again.”

Tripp believes when we strengthen our businesses and allow businesses to do what they’ve always done—create jobs and build our economy—it helps to strengthen our families. “The voters I’ve talked to are very concerned about our children and the education system,” Tripp said. “We can’t keep doing the same thing and expect different results. We need fresh, innovative ideas to invigorate our education system.”

“Voters are also very supportive of our police and fire departments, and are concerned with budget cuts. That’s why I believe it’s so important to elect someone like me who is willing to fight for families and bring jobs to Jackson and the state of Michigan.”

Father to six sons and grandfather to 19 grandchildren, Tripp’s roots go deep into Jackson County. He grew up and went to school in Vandercook Lake, where his part-time job during high school evolved into a career in business. Tripp and his wife Barb began Tripp’s Auto Shop and Collision Center in 1988 with two employees and grew it into a multi-million dollar, award-winning operation, employing 32 people.

“For me, running for office is not about becoming a politician,” Tripp said. “I see it as another opportunity to work with people who want to build a strong future for Jackson’s families.”

In addition to their thriving business, the Tripps have demonstrated their love for the people of Jackson by investing in family-friendly local events and organizations such as the Civil War Muster, the 75th Anniversary celebration for Cascades Falls, the Hot Air Jubilee, Marriage Matters Jackson, the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, the Special Olympics and many others.

“How do you change the world? Change your neighborhood,” Tripp said. “I believe even one common man can make a difference in his own neighborhood. That’s what I’m ready to do.”

A formal announcement will be held at Tripp’s Auto Shop and Collision on July 1st at 1pm. Media is welcome to attend.

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