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Gov. Snyder and Republicans gather in Escanaba

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ESCANABA, MI - A week before Election Day, Governor Rick Snyder is campaigning in Upper Michigan. The Governor and other key Republican representatives were in Escanaba today giving their full backing for one State Representative candidate.

24-year-old Beau LaFave is looking to be the first of his generation to represent the U.P. in Lansing.

"It's important we have great representation in Lansing and he'll do an outstanding job of representing this district and also the state of Michigan," said Governor Rick Snyder. "He's got big shoes to fill, Ed McBroom's been outstanding but I think he's up for the task and I look forward to working with him. So we need people to get out and vote on November 8."

"It's an absolute honor," said Beau LaFave, (R) State Rep. Candidate, 108th District. "A lot of people don't realize that Governor Snyder- not only knows where the Upper Peninsula is- but he comes here regularly. He cares about the U.P. and he cares about the State House race and he wants to make sure the Yoopers have a representative that's going to represent them in Lansing and that's exactly what I'm going to do."

One topic that came up for discussion was the issue of young people moving away for employment.

"Beau talked a lot about that, having just gotten through school and kids that he's gone to school with and watched them move away," said Senator Tom Casperson, (R) 38th District. "So you know that's part of who he is and the passion he has. I think he fits very well with what the issues are of how to try and solve it."

Current House Representative Ed McBroom, whose spot LaFave is fighting for, spoke of the different views needed for the House.

"Beau might be younger, as I was when I first ran too, but you come with that perspective," said Ed McBroom, (R) State Rep., 108th District. "You join people with other perspectives and that's a really important part of having a dynamic House of Representatives that can represent all of the different perspectives and backgrounds in the state."

To wrap up the day in Escanaba, the group toured the Engineered Machine Products facility. Also on the tour, Jack Bergman, who's running for the First Congressional District seat. Local 3 asked him about his absence at several recent candidate forums.

"You know, you all schedule you're own time," said Jack Bergman, (R) 1st Congressional District Candidate. "I've made all the debates that I can make based upon scheduling priorities. Just because it's his priority, doesn't necessarily mean it's my priority. I would suggest my priorities have been more focused on the broader picture that comes from experience and perspective. I can't fault to anyone if they don't have experience."

Bergman will continue stumping in the U.P. with stops in Ironwood and Hancock tomorrow.

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