To The Point: 75th House District candidates

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — In Tuesday’s primary election, voters will choose one of two Democrats to run in the general election for a vacant Michigan House seat representing Grand Rapids.

The 75th District seat is open because Brandon Dillon left the position to become the chairman of the Michigan Democratic Party.

Now, two Democrats and one Republican vying for his old seat.

“I’ve been thinking about this for a long time. I’m on the (Grand Rapids) school board right now and my work there has really convinced me of the urgency that we need good advocates in Lansing to work for educational funding. I’m also passionate about a lot of social justice work that I think we can work on,” candidate David LaGrand, a Democrat, said.

Fellow Democrat Michael Scruggs says he wants to build relationships in the legislature.

“I believe that I can use this statutory position to go to Lansing to make the collaborations, make the partnerships and write the language that is necessary to get some things done,” Scruggs said.

The lone Republican in the race, student Blake Edmonds, will face the winner of next week’s primary early next year. He says bipartisanship should be the goal in Lansing.

“We’re still seeing partisan fighting in Lansing,” he said. “We’re still seeing that unwillingness to reach across the aisle and say, ‘I’m willing to work with the other side.’ That’s what we need. We need to stop thinking of things in terms of why is it Republican versus Democrat.”

Above, hear more from the three candidates in this Nov. 1, 2015 episode of “To The Point.”

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