Jerry Cannon

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Jerry Cannon
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Michigan, District 1
Campaign website
Jerry Cannon is a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of Michigan.[1]

Cannon, a former Kalkaska County Sheriff and retired army general, will be challenging Dan Benishek in his congressional bid.[2] From 2003-2004, Cannon also served as the commander of the Joint Detention Operations Group at Guantanamo. Regarding his service at the controversial detention facility, Cannon said, “I’ve done that gladly. I’ve done that proudly. I would do it again.”[3]



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

Cannon is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Michigan's 1st District. Cannon ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 5, 2014. The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.[1]

Cannon is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Jumpstart program, a program launched to support top recruits in battleground districts.[4]

He has been endorsed by the Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters.[5][6]

Denying phone comments

In January 2014, Cannon was interviewed by a reporter from the Daily Mining Gazette. The day afterwards, the reporter called Cannon to ask follow-ups. The person who answered the phone identified himself as Cannon, and went on to express his dislike of the Affordable Care Act. Cannon's campaign denied that he had made the anti-Obamacare comments, and the newspaper later revealed that the reporter had dialed the wrong number and had spoken with a Cannon impersonator, and not Cannon himself. Cannon's campaign subsequently confirmed his support for the Affordable Care Act.[7]

Cannon has stated that the "worst thing that could be done" to the Affordable Care Act is to "throw it all away."[8]

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Cannon's reports.

Jerry Cannon (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[9]October 15, 2013$0.00$130,389.96$(25,894.63)$104,495.33
Year-End[10]January 31, 2014$104,495.33$162,242.58$(71,805.36)$194,932.55
April Quarterly[11]April 15, 2014$194,932.55$145,670.89$(70,124.03)$270,479.41
Running totals

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