Kevin Shopshire fielded nominating petitions to be a candidate for one of three open seats on the Howell City Council. Despite working in the Michigan Legislature for the past 13 years, this is his first run at public office.
“I have been to at least one meeting of every municipality and school board in the county as a reporter, so I want to use that experience to serve my adopted hometown,” Shopshire said in a release. “I would like to expand the recreational opportunities in the city, expand the tax base and promote and protect the jewel of the Howell community, the downtown.”
Shopshire has worked for the Michigan House and Senate, and he is currently legislative director for a House member. Prior to that he was a reporter for 12 years — including at the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus — and he served in the Navy for 20 years. He and his wife, Beth, teach swim lessons at the Highlander Aquatics and Fitness Center.
A graduate of the Howell Citizens Academy, Shopshire has served as a member of the Howell DDA Outreach Committee and he has volunteered at every festival in the Howell area.
The primary election is set for Aug. 3, and the General Election is Nov. 2.