Jerry Cannon

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Jerry Cannon
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Michigan, District 1
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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

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.[4]

Cannon has stated that the "worst thing that could be done" to the Affordable Care Act is to "throw it all away."[5]

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[6]October 15, 2013$0.00$130,389.96$(25,894.63)$104,495.33
Year-End[7]January 31, 2014$104,495.33$162,242.58$(71,805.36)$194,932.55
April Quarterly[8]April 15, 2014$194,932.55$145,670.89$(70,124.03)$270,479.41
Running totals

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