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Grand Rapids Democrats running for State House win seats

Carol Glanville campaign website

City of Grand Rapids Democrats running for the State House fared well in Tuesday’s Midterms.

Tuesday night into the early hours of Wednesday morning bode well for Grand Rapids Democrats.

State Representative Rachel Hood of Grand Rapids sought her third term in office in the redrawn 81st Michigan House district. The Democrat defeated former Republican State Representative Lynn Afendoulis form Grand Rapids Township. Afendoulis entered the 2020 GOP U.S. House primary losing to Peter Meijer.

In Michigan’s 84th House district, Democrat Carol Glanville of Walker won a tight race with Republican Mike Milanowski. Glanville won the May Special Election representing the vacant 74th district seat. Now, she’s victorious in the redrawn 84th.

“Oh, my gosh. Just eternal gratitude. We ran two races this year. So, I’ve had people behind me since January and that everybody hung in there with us and continued to build that momentum. It’s just been fantastic and it’s been just a great motivator for me to know that I’m really doing the right thing in the right place right now.”

In Michigan’s 80th House district, Democrat Phil Skaggs, a Kent County Commissioner from Grand Rapids defeated Republican Jeffrey Johnson, also from Grand Rapids.

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.
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