Robert Regan wins 74th District State House Republican Primary by narrow margin
Local business owner defeats City of Walker Mayor Pro Tem Steven Gilbert by unofficial 81 votes.
Voters in Kent County headed to the polls Tuesday to consider four candidates running in the 74th District State House Republican Primary, and in an extremely close race that came down to the wire, unofficial results Tuesday evening gave business owner Robert Regan the victory over current Walker Mayor Pro Tem Steven Gilbert by just 81 votes--- defeating candidates Justin Noordhoek and Brian Blair as well.
WGVU spoke with Regan Tuesday evening shortly after the race had been called. He said, no one gave him a chance in the beginning.
“This really is kind of a David and Goliath moment,” Regan said. “When I threw my hat in the ring and people said, ‘wow, how are you going to run against this,'" he said. “You had the establishment, all backing Mr. Gilbert, and I just feel very humbled and honored to be a part of this. I will not let the people down in the district.”
The seat in Michigan’s House has been vacant since November after Rep. Mark Huizenga won a seat in the State Senate.
Regan now takes on Democrat and Walker City Commissioner Carol Glanville, who ran unopposed in the Democratic Primary.
The two will face off in May.