Kurt Hausauer sees himself as option to major parties

LAPEER COUNTY — On the heels of his loss to fellow Democrat Jerry Tkach in the Aug. 4 82nd District House Primary election, Kurt Hausauer is abandoning party affiliation to run as a write-in Independent candidate in the Nov. 3 general election.

Hausauer ran as a “Constitutional Democrat” in the primary and lost by 79 votes to Tkach, a retired teacher and more traditional Democratic candidate.

Hausauer expressed no aversion to changing his party label for his upcoming write-in bid.
“I’m not going to allow a few votes discourage me from taking my message to the people of Lapeer County.”
He said his positions will not vary from those he stood for in August primary election, which included repealing Michigan’s Right to Work laws, opposing COVID-19 closures and restrictions, repealing taxes on pensions and a ban on fracking.

“Lapeer County residents need to know they will have another option in this election,” Hausauer said. “My name won’t be on the ballot, but if enough people write me in, I can still win.”

Gary Howell currently holds the job and his name will appear on the Republican ticket, opposite of Tkach’s.

“You can’t beat somebody in an election if you don’t try,” he said. “And I’m going to give it a try, again.”

Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.