Potvin to be elected to second term


MECOSTA COUNTY — State Rep. Phil Potvin will retain his seat in the Michigan House of Representatives.

The Cadillac Republican has received 14,331 votes (84 percent reporting) to be elected to a second term over challenger Brendan Maturen, D-Stanwood, who received 12,016 votes.

“This victory means I will be able to continue what I started in my first term, which is continue to move Michigan forward in a positive way,” Potvin said. “In my first term, I’ve been instrumental in a lot of different areas. The thing I’m most proud of is my anti-bullying bill, which was the largest single signing of any bill last year except for the budget.”

Potvin was elected in 2010 to represent the 102nd District in the Michigan House. He was challenged by Maturen, a Mecosta County attorney who won the Democrat nomination during the Aug. 7 primary election. The seat holds a two-year term, representing Mecosta, Osceola and Wexford counties.

Maturen lauded his staff for running a successful campaign.

“Anyone who was paying attention knows we put up a good fight,” Maturen said. “There are a few things I might do differently next time, but we did a lot of things right and I have no regrets. I’m very grateful to a lot of people for their support and contributions of money, time, hard work and ideas, especially my family and my campaign manager.”

Potvin, who is the retired CEO of Western Concrete Products of Cadillac, received endorsements from Right to Life of Michigan, Michigan Manufacturing Association, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Farm Bureau and Michigan Association of Realtors, among others.

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.

He plans to wait until after the first of the year to set his legislative goals for his second term.

“We really need to see what we can get complete in the lame duck session. (My next goal) depends on the state proposals and how they’re voted,” Potvin said.