Meet Mike O’Brien

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Mike, Teresa, and daughter Rose

If you are anywhere near Southwest Michigan this Saturday, come join us for the O’Brien for Congress Announcement Tour.

Mike O’Brien is our Democratic candidate to take on Fred Upton in the Sixth District this fall — or, if fate and the Republican primary voters decree, Jack Hoogendyk.

Mike O’Brien of Douglas, Michigan, will announce his candidacy for Michigan’s Sixth District in the U.S. House of Representatives in a series of events to be held in every county of the District on Saturday, April 21.

There will be a rally in Kalamazoo at Democratic Party Headquarters, 3254 S Westnedge Ave., from 10 to 11:30 AM. Speeches from local candidates, Mark Bernstein, candidate for U of M Board of Regents, and 60th District Rep. Sean McCann. Julie Fletcher, wife of late Congressman Howard Wolpe, will introduce Mike.

Mike O’Brien is a former Marine, who enlisted twenty-eight years ago, about the time that Congressman Fred Upton was becoming part of the entrenched Washington establishment.

Mike said:

I felt I had a debt to repay, and that service to others in the defense of our nation was a noble calling. I rose through the ranks, and served with pride and distinction as a Reconnaissance Marine, always mindful of the honor of serving one’s nation.

After the Marines, Mike put himself through college (Washington University) while working full time.

While building and leading the real estate department of the Holland-based trucking company, USF Holland, Mike and his family grew a successful farming operation in the Fennville and Holland areas. They raised grass-based, organic meats, sold directly to local families and restaurants. They grew the family farm until 2008, when the Bush recession devastated the local economy and the farm with it.

Mike continues:

Through hard work and good fortune, I quickly found work as the Director of Development for a leading offshore wind energy company, during which time I also served on Governor Granholm’s Offshore Wind Counsel.

Today I work for Herman Miller, where I help lead the development and commercialization of new product designs for Michigan’s leading furniture manufacturer.

When asked why he is running, Mike said:

I am running as the Democratic candidate for Michigan’s Sixth Congressional District because I love my country, and believe in service to a larger cause. I am committed to ensuring that all Americans, and particularly the next generations, have all of the blessings and opportunities that I have had in my life.

I am confident, that through hard work and dedication to the values that make Southwest Michigan great, we will be successful in ending a quarter of a century of Congressman Upton’s failed leadership, and the partisan gridlock in the House of Representatives.

Mike has had a lot of life experience. He understands how government policy affects ordinary people like himself and his family, unlike Fred Upton who has been protected from the things that affect ordinary people.

He’s extremely well spoken, and I think people will be able to relate to him and his experiences, as well.

Here is the whole schedule for the O’Brien Announcement Tour:

0900 – 1000 Rally at 327 Hubbard St, Allegan in front of the Allegan County Democratic Party Headquarters. Mark Bernstein, candidate for U of M Board of Regents will introduce Mike.

1000 – 1130 Rally in Kalamazoo at Democratic Party Headquarters, 3254 S Westnedge Ave. Speeches from local candidates, Mark Bernstein, candidate for U of M Board of Regents, and 60th District Rep. Sean McCann. Julie Fletcher, wife of late Congressman Howard Wolpe, will introduce Mike.

1200 – 1230 Media Availability, greet supporters in Three Rivers

1300 – 1330 Media Availability, greet supporters at Democratic headquarters, 804 E State St. Cassopolis

1330 – 1500 Rally at the Eagles in Niles, 34 Sycamore Street.

1520 – 1550 Media Availability, greet supporters at Harbor Country Progress headquarters, 16142 Red Arrow Highway, Union Pier

1600 – 1730 Rally at City Center Park, corner of Main St & Pipestone, Benton Harbor

1730 – 1830 Media Availability, greet supporters in Gazebo across from City Hall, 539 Phoenix Street, South Haven

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  • K.Sanders

    Mike is an amazing leader with an ability to see the possibilities, provide the resources, and without fail, deliver results. I know him to be a thoughtful, dynamic, honest, value driven person who generates respect from his dedication to principles, straight forward communication, and well rounded experience. During my 30+ year career, I found Mike to be one of the strongest leaders I’ve had the pleasure to work with. Good Luck Mike! Michigan will benefit with you in office!