Booher considers a final term


BIG RAPIDS — After more than 40 years of public service, State Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, is planning to spend more time with his family.

Booher, who is up for reelection this year, may make this his last term if he wins the reelection bid for his senate district.

“I think that will be my last term,” Booher said. “I have thought a lot about my family and my grandchildren. I have six grandchildren who would probably be glad grandpa was around.”

Booher had considered a run for U.S. Rep. Dave Camp’s seat in the 4th Congressional District after Camp announced in March he would not seek reelection. Booher decided he would not run for the 4th Congressional District because of his commitment to Michigan and keeping the state budget balanced.

“My passion has always been a focus on a balanced budget. It’s been an honor serving on appropriations to balance the state checkbook and we have made so many great strides over the last few years,” Booher said. “My decision came down to the fact I could do more work here in Michigan than in Washington.”

Even though Booher decided to stay in Michigan, he still feels strongly about two issues on the national stage that he believes he could have helped manage.

“I thought a lot about it before making my decision not to run for Congress,” Booher said. “I felt deep in my heart and soul I could help address the budget in Washington. I also think we need to address immigration, but when I looked at everything I wanted to do, I felt I could do more here than starting as a freshman in Washington.”