Truesdell to announce another run

Published 10:27 pm Saturday, August 25, 2007

By By JAN GRIFFEY / Niles Daily Star
NILES – Judy Truesdell of Niles is expected to announce her candidacy today for the state representative's seat in the 78th district.
Truesdell, a Democrat, was narrowly defeated last November for that post by incumbent Neal Nitz, a Republican.
Michigan's term limits prevent Nitz from seeking another term in 2008.
"I decided I couldn't not do it," Truesdell said Friday afternoon in Niles. "I feel the climate in the state and on the national level require it. And, having come as close as I did -and that seat being open – I need to give it another shot."
Truesdell lost last November's race by less than 2 percent of the vote.
"Never since the depression has a Democratic candidate garnered that kind of response," in the 78th district, Truesdell said.
"My feeling is that I have the experience of being a business woman, serving on the Lake Michigan College board and a number of foundations. I think I can bring a consensus," she said. "Something has to happen in Lansing. People are frustrated by the lack of movement.
"If I've learned anything, it's that this region – the 78th and 79th district – has so much potential in front of it. Agri-tourism is going to be really strong and we have to make sure we have things in place to make our farmers and our business people and tourist councils successful," Truesdell said.
Truesdell plans to declare herself a candidate on Saturday at the American Legion in Galien at the South County Democratic picnic. Keynote speaker is Michigan Lt. Gov. John Cherry. The event begins at 5:30 p.m.
Truesdell is a native of Michigan, was born and raised in Pontiac to second generation Irish American parents. She is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University. Truesdell's husband, Terry, is a Niles native and a University of Michigan graduate. The couple has lived in Niles for 37 years.
The Truesdells are the parents of one daughter, Meg, and two granddaughters. Daughter Meg operates Red Shoe Jewelry and The Lolly Shop in downtown Niles. In addition, she owns with her mother a small online business called
Truesdell and husband Terry operate IDI Design Group in Niles.
In late July, Niles' Sharon Tyler, announced her plans to seek the Republican nomination for the 78th district.
Tyler is executive director of the Southwestern Michigan Economic Growth Alliance Inc., a position she has held for 10 years.