By Emily Hummel
The Mason Times
A long-standing family legacy of reaching for positions in government is continued through Curtis Hertel Jr., a candidate for the Michigan Senate. With a father who was speaker of the House from 1993 to 1994, an uncle who served six terms as a member of Congress and another who served three terms as a Michigan senator himself, Hertel had an interest in politics at a young age. “I still remember going door to door with my dad and my little red wagon,” Hertel recalled of campaigning with his father. Since 2009, Hertel has been working in Mason, Michigan, as Ingham County’s Register of Deeds, which will require a new person elected into the position. He was involved in the foreclosure crisis that occurred in Mason in past years and worked hard to make sure residents could keep their homes.