First candidate for 2016 102nd District Representative election steps forward


MANTON — Phil Potvin, R-Cadillac, will not be running for re-election as the representative for Michigan’s 102nd District in 2016 due to term limitations, which means candidates for the position will be appearing over the coming months.

The first such competitor, Michele Hoitenga, has announced her candidacy for the job.

Hoitenga, a republican and mayor of Manton, recently published a list of reasons for her candidacy. The list includes helping small businesses, removing bureaucratic red tape, advocating for Second Amendment rights, providing health care for veterans and reducing regulations on individuals as the reasons why she is running for state representative.

“Not only was I born and raised in Wexford County and encompass the determination, experience and dedication to hold this position,… but there is a bigger picture. I will continue to engage our district’s youth to encourage their involvement in making Michigan a “red” state in future presidential elections,” Hoitenga said in a press release.