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Konetchy campaigns to unseat Stabenow

Republican candidate enters race for U.S. Senate

August 27, 2011
By LISA M. HOFFMANN - Staff Writer , The Daily News

IRON MOUNTAIN - A Republican candidate for Michigan's U.S. Senate seat currently held by Democrat Debbie Stabenow would like to see less federal government interference in Americans' daily lives.

Peter Konetchy, along with his wife, Zhanna, and Keith Kazianka, U.P. director of the campaign "Allegiance to the Constitution" are touring the district and made a stop at The Daily News on Friday.

Konetchy said he once had no desire to get into politics, but over the last decade, "Our government has gotten out of control with its spending and I can't sit around and watch it happen."

He added that the greatness of our country is its freedoms.

"Our founders didn't want government support; they just wanted to live life," said the Roscommon resident and small business owner.

Konetchy said that, if elected, his goals are to balance the budget by trimming government spending and removing government from where it doesn't belong.

He mentioned that if the U.S. would produce its own gasoline, rather than importing so much, the cost per gallon would be lower than $4. Konetchy added that there are more domestic oil reserves in the U.S. that could be developed.

Konetchy, a father of five children ages 17 to 30, added that education is extremely important. He would like to see the state's test scores higher than they have been and schools go back to teaching history, science, math, etc., rather than having a curriculum enforced.

He also said future generations should have the ability to invest in the private sector.

Noting that he has great respect for our founding fathers, Konetchy said the federal government has no authority to enforce health care.

"Since the 1930's, the federal government has decided to intervene in society. I fear we will collapse from our inefficiencies, and I want to reverse that," Konetchy said.

Konetchy will face Peter Hoekstra, and possibly others, in a primary election on Aug. 7, 2012. He is at the 1st District U.P. RoundUp at Highland Golf Club in Escanaba today.

To find out more about this candidate, visit

The general election for the Senate seat is in November 2012.

Lisa M. Hoffmann's e-mail address is



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