|U.S. House, Michigan, District 1|
Cannon, a former Kalkaska County Sheriff and retired army general, will be challenging Dan Benishek in his congressional bid. 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.”
The 1st Congressional District of Michigan will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. The 1st District is considered one of Ballotpedia's battleground districts in 2014. Incumbent Rep. Dan Benishek (R) won by only 1,881 votes in 2012. The district has seen 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 have taken 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 will face Jerry Cannon (D), Ellis Boal (Green Party) and Loel Gnadt (L) on November 4, 2014.
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.
Cannon has stated that the "worst thing that could be done" to the Affordable Care Act is to "throw it all away."
|Jerry Cannon (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2013||$0.00||$130,389.96||$(25,894.63)||$104,495.33|
|Year-End||January 31, 2014||$104,495.33||$162,242.58||$(71,805.36)||$194,932.55|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2014||$194,932.55||$145,670.89||$(70,124.03)||$270,479.41|
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- ‘’Roll Call’’ “Ex-Gitmo Commander to Challenge House Republican,” Accessed August 12, 2013
- ‘’Interlochen Public Radio’’ “Former Kalkaska Sherrif Announces Congressional Bid,” Accessed August 12, 2013
- Roll Call, "Democratic Candidate Says Gitmo Experience Is Not a Liability (Video)," October 29, 2013
- Metro Times, "Northern Michigan newspaper calls congressional candidate for comment, later realizes it was probably someone else," February 28, 2014
- Talking Points Memo, Mystery Surrounds Who's Answering The Phone For Dem Candidate," January 22, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Jerry Cannon October Quarterly," accessed October 30, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Jerry Cannon Year-End," accessed February 11, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Jerry Cannon April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014