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August 3, 2010

Schmidt easily tops Lile for 104th

TRAVERSE CITY — State Rep. Wayne Schmidt cruised through the ripples of anti-incumbent sentiment on his way to an easy victory over East Bay Township Supervisor Glen Lile in the Republican Primary for the 104th House District.

Schmidt, of Traverse City, easily defeated Lile's underfunded, grass roots effort to represent Grand Traverse and Kalkaska counties.

"My opponent ran a good campaign ... but we've represented the district well," Schmidt said. "I had a lot of good support across the district in terms of voters and financially, and when you have good support, votes usually follow."

Jerry Stephan of Traverse City said Lile is a "good guy," but he cast his vote for Schmidt.

"Wayne has done a good job for us," Stephan said. "He's fought hard for this area on a number of issues."

Mike Pintaich isn't sorry Lile lost, even though he voted for his township supervisor.

"I voted for Lile because he's done such a good job here in East Bay Township," Pintaich said "I wanted to see him win, but I'd be sorry to see him leave East Bay."

Schmidt will face independent Megan Crandall in November and possibly Democrat John Scrudato, if the latter earned enough votes as a write-in candidate to make the general election ballot.

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