Cherry will be running in the newly drawn 27th Michigan State Senate District.

FLINT, Mich. (January 28th, 2022 ) — Today,  State Representative John Cherry (D-Flint) announced his candidacy for newly drawn Michigan State Senate District 27.

“Holding elected office isn’t about petty political games or ego. It’s about serving the people who put you there in the first place, and making positive change in our community,” Cherry said. “In my time as a State Representative, I have consistently fought for issues brought forward by residents of Genesee County. I’m running for the Michigan Senate because I want Genesee County to be put first in economic development, investment and education. When I look at my daughter every morning, I know the reason I’m here is to make our community a better place for her, and all the children who grow up here. ”

As state representative, John Cherry has been a leader in manufactured housing regulation reform, strengthening conservation in Michigan, and improving worker protections. John Cherry also championed the economic development programs that recently secured $7 billion dollars of investment into Michigan communities from General Motors.

Endorsing Cherry in his bid for the Senate seat is State Representative Tim Sneller of Burton.

“I’ve worked with John for years now, and I’ve always been impressed by his ability to lead,” Rep. Sneller (D-Burton) said. “Not only can he bring a team together to get things done, but he does it with common sense, and makes sure that everyone has a seat at the table.”

Also speaking in support of Cherry is State Senator Jim Ananich. Ananich currently represents Genesee County in the existing 27th Senate District and cannot seek re-election due to term limits.

“John is a tried-and-tested leader in the legislature, and he’s just the right person to represent us as our next senator. He knows our neighborhoods and communities and will never back down from advocating for us,” Senator Jim Ananich (D-Flint) “ We know that as our senator, John will make sure the voices of Genesee County families are heard loud and clear by state leaders.”

Cherry currently serves as State Representative for the 49th Michigan House District. He was first elected in 2018. Previous to being elected, he worked for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources from 2010 until 2018 and served as vice-chair of the Flint Charter Commission from 2015 until 2017.  Cherry is also a small business owner, having opened Flint Coffee Company alongside his wife Teresa Villacorta in 2012.

The new 27th Michigan State Senate District is compromised of a portion of Genesee County, including the City of Flint, Flint Township, City of Mt. Morris, Mt. Morris Township, City of  Grand Blanc, Grand Blanc Township, City of Flushing, Flushing Township, Mundy Township, Clayton Township, Gaines Township, the City of Swartz Creek and a portion of the City of Burton.