PONTIAC (WWJ) – The race is on for the Oakland County Prosecutors office. Former Senate Republican leader Mike Bishop has announced he will run against incumbent Jessica Cooper.
Bishop earlier this week filed the necessary paperwork for a candidate committee to run for the four-year term.
Bishop is currently in private practice as an attorney, but told WWJ Newsradio 950 getting back into public office was an easy decision to make.
“I have always said that I don’t ever wanna run for public office just to have a spot in government. I wanna be able to serve and to bring, to whatever office I ruin for, value,” Bishop said.
Bishop said this particular position is right up his alley.
“It fits all of my areas of interest and my areas of experience and expertise, both in the area of prosecution and management,” said Bishop. “And I just think it’s a perfect fit for me and I look forward to the opportunity to work with a lot of very talented assistant prosecutors.”
The 44-year-old Republican from Rochester could not seek re-election to the state Senate in 2010 because of Michigan’s term limits law.
The Democratic Party has criticized Bishops efforts over a rejected appeal of the county’s apportionment map. Bishop says the Democratic Party is looking for any reason they can to diffuse his credibility. Bishop says he’ll maintain his focus and move forward in his bid for the Oakland County Prosecutors office.
He currently works for the law firm of Clark Hill.