KALKASKA — Campaign staffers for newcomer Democrat Lon Johnson has said that he lost his bid for the 103rd State House District seat to incumbent Lake City businessman and Republican Bruce R. Rendon.
The numbers were fairly close, but a campaign staffer said that Rendon taking 65 percent of the vote in Missaukee County tilted results in Rendon's favor. Missaukee still had not posted totals on its website as of 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday. In Kalkaska, with all but one precinct reporting, Rendon had 3,143 votes to Johnson's 2,736.
Johnson was not available for comment. Rendon said that redistricting had meant the addition of two new counties to his district and that his campaign worked hard in both Kalkaska and Crawford counties.
"The 96th legislature I've been part of stepped up to the plate and took a lot of tough votes that have been avoided for, like, three decades -- especially the last 10 years," Rendon said. "We have put Michigan back on the right track.
"We've brought back fiscal responsibility to the state of Michigan and we will continue that."