Alan Arcand

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Alan Arcand
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Michigan, District 1
Bachelor'sEmbry-Riddle University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
ProfessionBusiness owner
Personal website
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Alan Arcand was a 2014 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of Michigan.[1] Arcand lost to incumbent Rep. Dan Benishek in the primary election.


Arcand was born and raised in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. His father was a miner and his mother was the owner of a small video rental store. He joined the United States Air Force after high school. He received his B.A. from Embry-Riddle University. Arcand is currently the owner of an automotive repair business.

In 2012, Arcand served as a delegate to the Republican National Convention.[2]



See also: Michigan's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

The 1st Congressional District of Michigan held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. The 1st District was considered one of Ballotpedia's battleground districts in 2014. Incumbent Rep. Dan Benishek (R) won by only 1,881 votes in 2012. The district saw recent changes in its electorate, with Obama narrowly winning the district in 2008, but Romney claiming victory in 2012. Both the National Republican Congressional Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee took notice of this district, adding both Benishek and Democratic challenger Jerry Cannon, a former sheriff, to their respective election programs. Benishek won the Republican nomination against Alan Arcand in the primary on August 5, 2014. Benishek then defeated Jerry Cannon (D), Ellis Boal (Green Party) and Loel Gnadt (L) on November 4, 2014, in the general election.

U.S. House, Michigan District 1 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDan Benishek Incumbent 69.7% 49,540
Alan Arcand 30.3% 21,497
Total Votes 71,037
Source: Michigan Secretary of State

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