William Hartmann, Republican who challenged Hillary in 2000, dies at 63

By Simon Benau Former Secretary of State William Hartmann, 63, died Saturday at a nursing home in Battle Creek after a brief illness, the Rockford Gazette-Register reported. Hartmann, a Republican, contested the Democratic presidential…

William Hartmann, Republican who challenged Hillary in 2000, dies at 63

By Simon Benau

Former Secretary of State William Hartmann, 63, died Saturday at a nursing home in Battle Creek after a brief illness, the Rockford Gazette-Register reported.

Hartmann, a Republican, contested the Democratic presidential nominee in 2000, appearing at the Grand Rapids Press forum while Hillary Clinton and Al Gore were relegated to an online archive.

The Michigan Board of State Canvassers and the Republican-controlled State Senate rejected calls to certify the election, arguing that votes for Gore were allowed to stay uncounted even though they did not change the outcome of the vote.

Michigan Attorney General Frank Kelley was confirmed as secretary of state in 2000 after Gore’s victory was contested in Florida. Hartmann remained in that role until 2005.

“He was a courageous man,” Congressman Mike Rogers, a Republican from Michigan and a friend of Hartmann’s, told Fox News on Monday. “He was a man of conviction. He was a man of integrity. He was also one of the smartest people I knew.”

Hartmann was born May 12, 1948, in Saginaw, Michigan, and studied economics at Michigan State University. After college, he worked as a former supervisor for Hewlett-Packard.

He was the executive director of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants from 1988 to 1994, was a director of the Michigan Department of Community Health from 1993 to 1998, and served as secretary of state from 1998 to 2004.

Before his political career, Hartmann was the first vice president of the Michigan Red Cross chapter.

His wife Jane told the Gazette-Register, “He was a person of faith who was devoted to God.”

Before his death, Hartmann was listed as honorary co-chairman of the Trump for President campaign in Michigan.

Evan LeFebvre reported for the Gazette-Register.

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