Maturen challenges Potvin for seat 102nd House District

OSCEOLA COUNTY — With less than a month until the Nov. 6 general election, Rep. Phil Potvin and challenger Brendan Maturen are hitting the campaign trail to raise support from voters.

Incumbent Potvin, R-Cadillac, was elected in 2010 to represent the 102nd district in the Michigan House of Representatives. He is being challenged by Maturen, a Mecosta County attorney who won the Democrat nomination during the Aug. 7 primary election.

Voters will head to the polls on Nov. 6 to choose who will represent the 102nd District. The seat holds a two-year term, representing Mecosta, Osceola and Wexford counties.

Maturen and his campaign staff have been traveling door-to-door, hosting private meet-and-greet sessions and organizing other events to gain support from voters. He also will appear in the Ferris State University homecoming parade on Oct. 13.

“We’re trying to get out to meet as many people as we can,” Maturen said. “We’ve been doing a lot of home visits, which is a really good way to meet voters. I’m also trying to meet with as many community groups as I can, like teacher’s groups, Rotary International and more.”

Maturen was born in Lincoln Park in 1969 and has lived in Mecosta County since 2006. He earned a degree in journalism at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a law degree at Washington University in St. Louis. He has practiced law, mostly in public service, for about 17 years.

He has received endorsements from the Michigan Nurses Association, the Michigan affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers and was named a “Friend of Retail” by the Michigan Retailers Association.

Potvin, who is the retired CEO of Western Concrete Products of Cadillac, has been endorsed by Right to Life of Michigan, Michigan Manufacturing Association, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Farm Bureau and Michigan Association of Realtors, among others. He also is slated to appear in the Ferris homecoming parade.

He previously had a career in secondary education, and graduated from the Michigan Military Academy and is a retired member of the Michigan National Guard. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Albion College and a master’s degree in business administration from Central Michigan University.

Potvin expects his voting record from the past two years in the House will encourage voters to select him during the general election.

“I’ve been listening to voters and I’ve been voting for them as they asked me to vote,” Potvin said. “For example, I voted in favor of the removal of the Michigan Business Tax and for more dollars for our schools.”

Candidates running for state offices are required to file with the Michigan Department of State the total amount of campaign money they have raised. Following the primary election, Maturen has accumulated nearly $5,500 in campaign funding, while Potvin has accumulated more than $30,000 for his campaign, according to the Michigan Secretary of State office’s website.

Itemized contribution listings on the state website report Potvin has received donations from the Friends of Ferris, the Realtors PAC of Michigan, Midwest Strategy Group PAC and many individuals.

“All my funding has been collected from my district and from people in Lansing, so it’s all in-state contributions,” Potvin said.

So far, all Maturen’s campaign contributions have come from individuals, which is something he is proud to mention. However, he expects to receive a contribution from the Michigan Education Association soon, which recently endorsed his candidacy.

“This is entirely a grassroots effort and all of our donations have been from individuals; I haven’t taken any PAC or special interest money yet,” Maturen said.