Cindy Gamrat announces candidacy for State Rep in District 80

Plainwell resident Cindy Gamrat announced she will run for the Republican nomination for the state House of Representatives 80th District next year.

Gamrat said in a press release, “I have poured my heart and soul into doing everything possible to protect and promote the values that I hold dear, such as life, liberty, and family. I have spent hundreds of hours advocating for legislation, volunteering on campaigns, and engaging and educating citizens on our constitutional freedoms and our nation’s exceptional heritage. It is now time to take that fight to Lansing to represent those values on behalf of my district.”

Gamrat is the founder of two tea party groups and she also started Michigan 4 Conservative Senate. She was the volunteer coordinator for Gary Glenn during his run for U.S. Senate last year, where she led the effort of an historical all-volunteer nominating petition drive.

She most recently ran as a running mate to Todd Courser as a candidate for vice-chair for the Michigan Republican Party.

Former area state Rep. Fulton Sheen said, “Cindy is well-informed and extremely articulate, but—even more important—she speaks from her heart. She knows what she believes and why she believes it. This is why she is able to communicate effectively and motivate people to take action.”

Gamrat and husband Joe have three children. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. The stay-at-home mother home-schools her children and she and her family attend Gracespring Bible Church.

She said, “I am running for state representative in the 80th District to lead the way in working together with others in my county and around the state to strengthen Michigan. A healthy state is built upon free-market enterprise that unleashes the ingenuity and creativity of its people and recognizes that everyone benefits when citizens are the ones who determine where to spend their money instead of the state or federal government.

“As a licensed registered nurse, I believe that patients and our health care delivery system would benefit from a free market approach to health care which would incentivize lower costs, greater choices and higher quality of care.”

She also recently attended the Smart Girl Politics Summit in Indianapolis.

Prior to it, she said, “I am excited to attend and glean more information about Common Core (education standards) and other issues that impact my community. It is important to be informed on these topics and as citizens to communicate our expectations and concerns to our elected officials.”

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