12 Aug Dems choose Wiejaczka over Hoogterp in race for 101st
Kathy Wiejaczka, a former nurse who hails from Empire, is headed to the November general election after winning the Democratic primary Tuesday against Ed Hoogterp for the Michigan 101st State House seat.
Wiejaczka won by a wide margin over Hoogterp, 10,172 to 1,225, in the four-county race that includes Mason County. She will be competing in the general election in November against Republican Jack O’Malley of Lake Ann, who also won his party’s primary on Tuesday. One of the two will be taking the seat vacated by current State Rep. Curt VanderWall, R-Ludington, who won his party’s nomination for the 35th State Senate seat.
The 101st covers Mason, Manistee, Benzie and Leelanau counties.
“Ed called and conceded,” Wiejaczka said shortly after 11 p.m. Tuesday. “It’s a win for us. He congratulated us, and he was very noble about it and ran a classy campaign. In true Democratic form, he said he was going to support us as we move forward.
“We’re going to work our butts off like we have been since January.
“The big thing about our campaign is we’ll carry those messages of hope, love and service,” she said. “We are excited carrying those messages on.”
Hoogterp said he will be offering his support to Wiejaczka in the general election in the fall. Still, losing in the campaign carries some sting.
“I will go home and lick my wounds and live for another day and pursue my goals in another way,” he said.
It was the traditional campaign run by Wiejaczka that helped, he believed.
“The traditional, hardwork, door-knocking campaign was very effective,” said Hoogterp, who decided to not take big money from individual or entities and shied away from endorsements. “Maybe I’m the wrong person or it’s at the wrong time to make that case. Maybe I didn’t get out there and do it right. That’s all on me.
“I have to accept that I didn’t do it right,” he continued. “I went
out and did what I thought needed to be done, and I lost.”
Wiejaczka is looking forward to the campaign in the general election.
“It’s all that humanistic approach, all about relationship- building,” she said. “I talk about that on the campaign. The divisiveness needs to stop and we share all of the same values. We’re going to be working hard. We’re not in the pockets of anyone. It’s not just a slogan, it’s a belief and a way forward for the people of this district.”
She also was grateful for the work of her campaign’s volunteers, and she looks forward to calling upon them again in the coming months.
“This is just the beginning. We had a big celebration tonight and lots of people were ready to tell us where we need to go,” she said. “It’s been a very positive experience. Everywhere I go, our message that our campaign has seems to resonate with people.”
Source: Ludington Daily News
August 9, 2018