Jul 8, 2010

Fundraiser on tap for House candidate

Supporters of Jim Delcamp are hosting a campaign kickoff and fund-raiser at 5 p.m. Monday, July 12, for his run for the 66th District seat in the state House.

The event will be at the Brighton House Restaurant, 10810 Grand River Ave. in Brighton from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Appetizers and a cash bar are included with a suggested donation of $25.

Delcamp, the author of a book called “Zero Cost Living—Exploring Extreme Frugality,” is running as the “thrift candidate,” promising to give back half his salary as a state legislator to the state and to help look for significant savings in the state budget. He also supports creation of new jobs based in biotechnology and renewable energy, as well as securing funding for public safety and schools. A Democrat, Delcamp is making his first run for office in the district which includes the City of Brighton, the Village of Milford, and the township of Milford in Oakland County and the townships of Brighton, Genoa, Green Oak, Marion, and Oceola in Livingston County.

Delcamp is a graduate of Ann Arbor Pioneer High School and from Michigan State University with a major in Urban Planning. The City of Lakeland, Florida, hired Delcamp as a city planner, where he worked until 1976. In 1980 he received a Master's Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan.

In 1979 - 1980 he was the co-owner, editor, writer of the Ann Arbor magazine "The Alchemist." Delcamp wrote the article "Energy Independence for Ann Arbor" that was widely read and helped inspire a series of standing room only public meetings that the mayor characterized as “like the filming of ‘The Robe.'" Ultimately, the return of cheap energy in the mid-1980s stymied efforts to develop alternative energy.

Delcamp has worked as a community organizer in Detroit and an energy auditor for Detroit Edison and Consumers Power helping residents save money and energy throughout the Eastern half of the Lower Peninsula. Beginning in 1989 Delcamp received a contract from General Motors for his services as a Computer Aided Designer. For 12 years, he worked with G.M. engineers on diverse vehicle components such as underbody frame, interior trim, instrument panels, electrical, exterior trim.

The campaign kickoff is open to all those interested in supporting Delcamp. Anyone wishing more information may contact Delcamp at 810-844-6840 or jrdel@att.net.

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