GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — This week on “To The Point,” we wrap up our series of interviews with candidates running in the special election for the 80th District seat in the Michigan House of Representatives.
That seat, which represents much of Allegan County, is vacant after Cindy Gamrat was expelled from the House following an admission of misconduct in covering up an extramarital affair with another lawmaker. Gamrat is among the seven Republicans and one Democrat running for the seat.
“I’m a nurse, business owner, a mom, a grandma, community volunteer,” Republican candidate Mary Whiteford, who lost to Gamrat in the last primary, said. “I’ve done so many different things in my life I would love to be able to utilize that to help the people of Allegan County. My thoughts haven’t changed since I ran a year and a half ago. I just love to serve. I love to collaborate, love to help people out and I just am impassioned about this and it doesn’t leave my mind.”
Another Republican running for the seat, Eric DeWitt, talked about his goals for the county should he be elected.
“Allegan County needs more employment, and means of getting employment is we have to upgrade our roads. That’s a big factor help to bring in industry or jobs into the county,” DeWitt said. “We need to maintain our strong agricultural base because without agriculture. none of us can live. Allegan County is the leading county for agriculture the state of Michigan.”
The other candidates have been featured in previous episodes of “To The Point.”
Also in this Oct. 25, 2015 episode of “To The Point,” Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette discusses his new book, which is about growing up in a small town and life lessons he learned during a career of public service.