by Blake Bacho | The Monroe News
Bedford Township Supervisor Paul Pirrone, R-Temperance, will vie for a seat in the Michigan House of Representatives in this year’s August Republican Primary and November’s General Election.
Pirrone is running for the seat currently held by former Bedford Trustee, TC Clements, R-Temperance, who announced in November that he will run for the State Senate seat being vacated by the term-limited Dale Zorn, R-Ida. State Rep. Joe Bellino, R-Monroe, announced last week his intent to run for Zorn's seat.
A lifelong Bedford Township resident, Pirrone has been the township supervisor since 2017. He previously served a four-year term as a township trustee, and before that served a four-year term as a park commission member. The father of five has also served on numerous boards and committees, including Lake Erie Transit, the Bedford Community Foundation, and South County Water.
"I have been blessed and honored to be the supervisor of this great township for the last five years," Pirrone said. "Over the last 13 years, I have had the opportunity to serve the community that helped raise and educate me. Whether it be on the park board, or as trustee, at every junction I have played a role in getting things done for Bedford Township.
"I am extremely humbled by those at the state and local level that have reached out and encouraged me to run for State Representative. Bedford is in a great position, and I am extremely proud of the things that we have accomplished."
Pirrone touted his involvement in developing Bedford Township's five-year road asset management plan, and updates to the township fire department as examples of the types of projects he has dedicated his time and energy to while in office. He also spearheaded a snow removal program for the township's subdivisions.
If Pirrone is elected as a state representative, he will leave the township with two years left on his current term as supervisor.
"I am most proud that Bedford is on solid financial ground and is even stronger after COVID," he said. "I have always been fiscally conservative, not only with the public's money, but with my own home as well. My skill set and relationships that I have built over the years of public service will be a great asset to Southeast Michigan.
"With everything that is going on right now at the state level, I feel compelled to step up to the challenge."