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Michigan Legislative Project #5 - 10 State House Races (Pretty Much Brand New)

01/02/18
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Mister Gloom

State House District 89 (Ottawa County – Grand Haven, Ferrysburg and surrounding townships, a map is at http://gophouse.org/representatives/westmi/lilly/district-map/ )

Incumbent: Jim Lilly (R-Park Township, running for re-election)

Democratic Candidate Running: Electrician (IBEW), former electrical contractor & Desert Storm Veteran Jerry Sias, Candidate Webpage: , Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/bluecollar89/about/?ref=page_internal , Twitter: https://twitter.com/jbluecollar89 , Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjRdLEBTFmv9wqbxgKOmx9g )

This isn’t a good district, according to Ballotopedia Lilly won election in 2016 with 61.1% of the vote. Why list it? I have to say, its because I love the candidate: Jerry Sias worked his way forward from electrical apprentice, to foreman, to owning his own contracting company (Affordable Electric) after serving in Desert Storm. What caused him to be a former electrical contractor? A bad car accident. While I can no longer find the source so I won’t quote the exact odds, he was apparently given pretty long odds at recovery. While it did end his business, he did recover. Further, while a lot of blue collar dems don’t seem to care about diversity, he had a post on his campaign Facebook celebrating the first black female commander of a VFW post and encourages minorities vets to join their local clubs (stating that “we need your voice”). I know he doesn’t stand good odds but, on the surface, he really seems like a decent guy (save one if one of the West Michigan Kossacks has more information on his campaign or Jerry please let me know).

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DECISION 2018 Democrat to challenge Jim Lilly for 89th House District seat

01/18/18
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Jake Allen

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Democratic to Challenge Jim Lilly For 89th House District Seat

01/17/2018
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Jake Allen

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State House Candidates meet with voters

07/11/2018
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Jake Allen

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Meet the 89th and 90th District Candidates

07/10/2018
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Peg McNichol

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Michigan Legislative Project 9 State House Pickup Chance, a Rundown on Our chances at the House

March 04, 2018
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Mister Gloom

State House District 89 (Ottawa County – Grand Haven, Ferrysburg and surrounding townships, a map is at http://gophouse.org/representatives/westmi/lilly/district-map/ )

Incumbent: Jim Lilly (R-Park Township, running for re-election)

Democratic Candidate Running: retired electrical contractor & Desert Storm Veteran Jerry Sias, Candidate Webpage: http://www.jerrysiasmi89th.com/ , Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/bluecollar89/about/?ref=page_internal )

This isn’t a good district, according to Ballotopedia Lilly won election in 2016 with 61.1% of the vote. Why list it? I have to say, it’s because I love the candidate: Jerry Sias worked his way forward from electrical apprentice, to foreman, to owning his own contracting company (Affordable Electric) after serving in Desert Storm. What caused him to retire? A rollover accident in which his pelvis & femur where crushed. While it did force him to retire he is alive and walking. If *anyone* had the option of opting out, not running, etc. I’d say it was Jerry. Instead, He’s going into the race, trying to defy the odds in a district that is a tough get. I’ve detailed before why I think Jerry is a heck of a guy, but now we get to the bad part, fundraising: Sias $22.44 CoH, Lilly $55,049. As much as I like Jerry, fundraising will have to change fast for this to not go next to the 70st district among my longest shots.

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