Schott unofficially announces for seat in 110th District


BRUCE CROSSING — What has been expected for the past year, came one step closer this week when Kirk Schott confirmed that he is seeking election to the 110th State Representative seat.

That is the position currently held by Scott Dianda, D-Calumet, who has been term-limited out. Dianda is running for the state Senate seat being vacated by the term-limited Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba.

Schott plans to make his “official” announcement after the start of the new year. However, Democrats and fellow Republicans had been asking him when he was going to announce.

“I wondered why I was asked some questions by some folks in Lansing,” he said. “When they asked if I had a picture, I said, ‘Just on Facebook.’ It will be a formal announcement after the first of the year, with a good picture,” Schott said with a chuckle.

Schott, of Bruce Crossing, is an optometrist with offices in Ewen and Baraga. Schott serves on the Ewen-Trout Creek School Board and has been on the board for over 12 years, more than half that time as board president.

Dr. Schott is also chairman of the Ontonagon Resource Advisory Council.

He served for years as the vice president for programs for the Hiawathaland Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He is presently on the Hiawatha District Committee for the Boy Scouts. He has been on the medical staff for the National Boy Scout Jamboree twice.

He presently serves on the Stannard Township Planning Commission, the Ontonagon County Chamber of Commerce Board and the Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital Board.

Dr. Schott has also worked for Casperson in constituent relations in the western UP.

“Those meetings and conversations, and one-on-one discussions, are so important in representative government. It’s not the talking, but the listening and learning, that are the most important. I am looking forward to continuing the listening and learning, both during the campaign, and in Lansing.”

Dr. Schott and his wife of over 36 years, Melissa, have two grown sons, both Eagle Scouts.

Schott will have a Republican primary opponent in Greg Markkanen of Hancock.

Markkanen announced his intention to run for the 110th State House District seat this summer. Markkanen is a Baraga School District teacher.