Democrats anger candidates with controversial rape comments bidding on Michigan House

In an upset victory on Tuesday, Democrat Carol Granville defeated Republican Robert “RJ” Regan in a special election for Republican parliamentarians that the Republican had only held so far.

The results remain unofficial, but reports from all constituencies in the district show that Granville led Regan by more than 1,500 votes at 10:30 pm. She exceeded 51% of her total votes. Regan won 40% and 7.9% went to write.

This district was one of four house districts where special elections were held on Tuesday to fill vacancies.Many local governments Local suggestions On ballot.

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Regan made a national headline in March by suggesting rape victims.Please lie down and enjoyAfter saying, he promoted a conspiracy theory about the COVID-19 pandemic and shared anti-Semitic rhetoric. He was favored to win in the fierce Republican district.

Granville is a Commissioner for the City of Walker and previously worked as a teacher and administrator. Her campaign website. The website lists three campaign priorities: education, high-paying jobs, and the environment.

“The values ​​of integrity, dignity, and consideration for the public interest tonight, in western Michigan,” Granville tweeted. “People in District 74 spoke and listen to you. We are united in a basic way. I bring our values ​​and concerns to the Capitol and are positive. Affect change. Thank you! “

She represents the current 74th district of Kent County. The area includes suburban communities outside of Grand Rapids, including Grand Building, Rockford, Walker, and the surrounding municipalities. The district remained vacant last year when Republican former state legislator Mark Huizenga won the special state Senate election.

Granville’s term expires on December 31st along with the district as the new district map takes effect. Granville applied for a run in the new 84th House district this fall. Regan also applied for implementation in the same district.

The current District 74 was only represented by the Republicans. Huizenga was first elected in 2016. In 2020, he was 24 points below Democrat Megan Hintz and won his third term in a Republican-rich district.

Prior to Huizenga, former Congressman Rob VerHeulen and current Kent County Republican Chairman represented the district from 2012 to 2016.

Regan’s comments in March led to criticism from Michigan Republican Chairman Ron Weiser, who did not ask Regan to withdraw from the race.

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Robert “RJ” Regan

“The history of Regan’s stupid, terrible, and offensive comments, including his latest comments, simply goes beyond pale,” Weiser said in a March statement following Regan’s first victory. Said.

more: Michigan GOP does not deny candidates who have suggested “lying down and having fun” with rape victims.

Special elections for vacant seats were also held in Wayne, Macomb, and Oakland counties on Tuesday. Elected people will serve in the Legislature until December 31st. Elections were held using an old district created by the GOP, based on the 2010 Census.

On Tuesday, the Republicans held 55 seats while the Democrats held 51 seats in the State Capitol. The upcoming August primary and November House of Representatives elections will take place using new constituencies elected by an independent citizen-led constituency change committee.

The Map of the State Capitol drawn by the new committee The party’s fairness measurements used by the Commission still give the Republicans an edge, but far from the maps currently in place.

more: Michigan Supreme Court filed a parliamentary proceeding against the map of the State Capitol

43rd House District

In the 43rd House District, Republican Mike Harris was 13 percentage points below Democrat Kent Douglas, and 100 percent of the constituencies reported around 9:40 pm.

Harris’s winning Oakland County district includes parts of Independence Township, Lake Angelus, Clarkston, and Waterford. The seat was held by former state legislator Andrea Schroeder, R-Independence Township, who died after fighting a rare form of gastric cancer.

Harris retired from the Waterford Township Police Department 25 years later, according to the report. Auckland Press.

“My family was blessed with a community that loved the first responders,” Harris said on the campaign’s website. “Care and outreach from local citizens has only pushed me to better executives and people. This community has not finished my service, even after a rewarding law enforcement career. I noticed. “

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Harris won a four-way Republican primary in March, winning 48% of the votes against 31% of the next closest candidate.

Election results for Districts 15 and 36, respectively, in Wayne and Macomb County were not available as of 10:15 pm. On the 15th, Democrat Jeffrey Pepper played against Republican Ginger Shearer. On the 36th, Democrat James Diaz was confronting Republican Terence Mekoski.

Clara Hendrickson uses the Ground Truth project initiative, Report for America, to fact-check Michigan’s issues and politics as a member of the corps.Make tax deductible donations to support her work in Contact her at [email protected] or 313-296-5743. Follow her on her Twitter @clarajanehen..

This article was originally published in Detroit Free Press: Carol Granville bids on Michigan House to offend Robert Regan