TIPTON, Mich. (AP) – A 16-year Republican state House member who
left in 1998 because of term limits is running for the U.S. House
seat being vacated by Nick Smith.
Tim Walberg of Tipton served in the Legislature from 1982 to
1998. Smith (R-Addison) has said he will not run in 2004, honoring
a pledge to serve no more than six two-year terms.
The Republican-leaning 7th U.S. House District includes Adrian,
Battle Creek and Jackson. It has parts of Lenawee, Hillsdale,
Jackson, Washtenaw, Eaton, Branch and Calhoun counties.
The district does not include Ann Arbor, stopping just west of
the city. John Dingell (D-Dearborn) represents Ann Arbor in the
Walberg joins a Republican field that includes state Reps. Gene
DeRossett of Manchester and Clark Bisbee of Jackson, Calhoun County
Clerk Anne Norlander and former state Rep. Paul DeWeese of Eaton
Rapids. No Democrat has entered the race.
“I am a conservative Republican,” Walberg said.
He said he endorsed the nation’s founders’ “firm belief in the
sovereignty of the people, in limiting the power of government and
in our God-given rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of