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MI-28 Senate GOP Primary: Mark Huizenga

Mark Huizenga portrait
Mark Huizenga
Rep. Mark Huizenga, (R-Walker)

Three Republicans face of in Michigan’s 28th District Senate primary. WGVU’s Patrick Center profiles the field.

Republican Mark Huizenga served three terms in the Michigan House. Prior to his six years at the Michigan Capitol, Huizenga served as Mayor of the City of Walker. He says he’s the most practical and well-equipped Republican Senate candidate.

“People refer to me as the ‘Nerd in the House’ because I take a strong evidence-based position on the work that I do.”

He chaired a special committee investing how the state spends money on IT. Five bills emerged improving how the state allocates dollars. Huizenga is Chair of the Higher Education Subcommittee on Appropriations.

He says understanding the data and numbers and creating policy for the long game for making the state better is critical. Huizenga explains he’s willing to meet with supporters and detractors explaining how he reaches decisions.

The Michigan primary is Tuesday, August 3rd.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.