Dear friends,

I would like to first say thank you to everyone who has offered their support and encouragement regarding my run for U.S. Senate. Due to the aggressive nature of running for a higher office without being a high-profile politician, and after speaking with family, friends, and others currently holding office, I have decided to bring it down a notch. At this time, it is simply the right thing to do for my daughters and myself.

I have been told by many that my beliefs for a smaller, limited government, a strict adherence to the Constitution, and free market principles are exactly what Washington D.C. needs. However, it would be best to allow people to get to know me better in a smaller political role – specifically starting with a state government role.

So having been given sound advice by many in the direction to take going forward, I have officially removed myself from the U.S. Senate race as a Republican candidate. Instead, I am now running as a Republican State Representative candidate for Michigan’s 96th district in 2012. While I may be running for a different office, my principles and beliefs have not changed.

Please join me in 2012 to reign in big government, bring back prosperity by allowing free market principles to work, and encourage personal liberties to move Michigan in the right direction.