PITTSFORD, MI (WTVB) – While at least 6 candidates are vying to replace 58th District State Representative Ken Kurtz of Coldwater, who is term limited at the end of the year, there apparently will now also be a race for the State Senate seat representing Branch County. In a surprise announcement Thursday afternoon, current 16th District Senator Bruce Caswell revealed he will be retiring at the end of the year and not running for reelection. Caswell was first elected to the State House in 2002 and served three terms. He then won a four year term to the State Senate in 2010, replacing Cameron Brown.
The current 16th District covers Branch, Hillsdale, St. Joseph, and Lenawee counties. The newly drawn district, beginning next year, will be Branch, Hillsdale, and Jackson counties.
In making his announcement, Caswell said simply “it’s time to retire.” He will turn 65 in October. Prior to serving in the State House, Caswell served as Adams Township Supervisor in Hillsdale County. He retired from education in 2000 after teaching in the Pittsford School District, as well as serving as the district superintendent from 1997 to 2000.
At this point, there are no known announced candidates for the Senate seat.