Hoitenga heading to Lansing


MANTON — Voters in the 102nd Michigan State House of Representatives selected Republican Michelle Hoitenga over Democratic challenger Douglas Gabert to represent them during Tuesday's election.

Hoitenga carried the entire district, which encompasses Mecosta, Osceola and Wexford counties.

In Mecosta County, Hoitenga received 10,277 to Gabert's 5,579 votes with 20 of 21 precincts reporting. In Osceola County, with 17 of 18 precincts reporting at press time, the Republican received 3,461 to 1,316 for Gabert. In Wexford County, with all precincts reporting, Hoitenga carried 10,703 votes to Gabert's 4,071.

The current mayor of Manton said she was happy about the results.

"I'm excited to go to Lansing," she said late Tuesday evening. "This election has been a long journey. I continue to be humbled by the support all across the district. I am looking forward to working hard for the good folks of the 102nd District. I want to think Mr. Gabert for a great race."

Gabert congratulated Hoitenga on the win.

"I thought we both ran pretty good races," he said. "I hope she remembers her stated willingness to work across party lines and wish her the best of luck."

Hoitenga said she looked forward to getting to work.

"I ran this campaign on my platform of changing the revenue sharing formula," she said. "I want to keep local money locally, so it can fix roads and infrastructures. That is going to stay a priority for me."

Hoitenga was on her way to Lansing late Tuesday evening, as the representatives-elect were to be there Wednesday morning and expected to return home on Thursday.

"I think we're going to end up jumping right in to work," she said. "I imagine they're going to welcome us, and we'll get to see how the new House of Representatives will be.

"I'm anxious to see what they have in store for us."

All results are unofficial until certified by the board of canvassers in all three counties.