Link running for 97th District House seat


Submitted to the Pioneer

OSCEOLA COUNTY — Jacob Link, a lifelong resident of Arenac County, announced his Republican candidacy for the state House of Representatives seat being vacated by term limited Rep. Joel Johnson.

Link works for Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, is a volunteer firefighter in Standish and is co-owner of Link Electrical Contracting LLC. His wife Elizabeth is a registered nurse. Jacob and his wife are also licensed foster parents and Link volunteers regularly at his church as a Sunday School teacher and music director.

"I intend to follow the example Rep. Johnson set for responsible and effective representation," Link said. "My varied background in social work, small business and community service will equip me to do a good job representing families in the 97th district. I am running for this office to promote conservative principles, defend family values and promote fiscal responsibility in our government," Link said, "I believe these are the values held by the people of the 97th District."

Link holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Michigan, a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Saginaw Valley State University and is finishing his master’s degree in criminal justice.

Link has worked in Child Protective Services and Foster Care since March 2011. He has been a volunteer firefighter since Sept. 2012, has been a small business owner since June 2012, is married and has a 1-year-old daughter. He said he is looking forward to spending time with the people of the 97th district.