02 Aug 101st again a hot seat
The 101st State House race is once again filled with possibilities.
State Rep. Curt VanderWall (R-Ludington) easily prevailed in 2016, securing 54 percent of the vote while riding the coattails of President Donald Trump’s surprising victory in Michigan. Also in a surprise result, VanderWall battled Democrat Dan Scripps, who had previously held the seat for one term following Democratic dominance in the 2008 election, to a nearly even draw in Leelanau County. Scripps is a Northport resident.
In more recent years pundits have considered the District as a toss-up between parties or a lean toward Republicans.
There’s a chance that voters in 2018 will once again decide the fate of a county Democratic candidate as Kathy Wiejaczka of Empire has tossed in her hat.
Regardless of whether Wiejaczka gains her party’s nomination, expect the District to receive state and possibly national attention. The 101st, which includes the shoreline counties of Mason, Manistee, Benzie and Leelanau, represents an important seat for the Democratic effort to claim control of the State House.
As background, State House representatives serve two-year terms. Their primary duties are to enact new laws and amend or repeal existing laws that affect the people of Michigan.
The salary for state representatives is $71,685.
Source: Leelanau Enterprise
Wednesday, August 1, 2018