For Immediate Release
November 3, 2015

Dr. Ben Carson Announces State Chair for Michigan

Alexandria, VA – November 3, 2015 - Today, Dr. Ben Carson, retired neurosurgeon and 2016 GOP presidential candidate, announced that the Honorable Mike Shirkey will serve as his campaign’s Michigan State Chair. Shirkey, who represents the Sixteenth District in the Michigan Senate, will lead Dr. Carson’s grassroots efforts in the Great Lakes State.

Sen. Shirkey’s district includes Jackson, Hillsdale and Branch counties in south-central Michigan. The Senator serves as Chair of the Senate Health Policy and Michigan Competitiveness committees, and is a member of the Elections and Government Reform and Energy and Technology committees. He also serves as the Vice Chair for the Appropriations Subcommittee for Community Health. Sen. Shirkey was elected to the Michigan Senate in 2014 after serving four years in the Michigan House of Representatives.

Sen. Shirkey is a founder and owner of Orbitform, a leading engineering company that manufactures forming, fastening, joining and assembly equipment for a wide range of industries and applications.

"I am pleased to support Dr. Carson’s candidacy for president,” said Sen. Shirkey. “Dr. Carson is a man of principle whose faith and ideas on restoring our country are desperately needed and a breath of fresh air in the current presidential campaign.  I look forward to helping him spread his message and reach out to voters in Michigan."

“We are excited to have Sen. Shirkey leading grassroots efforts in the state of Dr. Carson’s birth,” said Barry Bennett, campaign manager for the Ben Carson for President 2016 Campaign. “The Senator is a commonsense conservative and small business entrepreneur, and like Dr. Carson, he is a reformer who believes strongly that We the People must step up to Heal, Inspire and Revive our nation.” 

According to the latest CBS/New York Times national survey, Dr. Carson is the leading contender for the Republican presidential race and has the support of 26 percent of the GOP’s primary voters.

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