Traverse City Record-Eagle

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May 4, 2014

Candidates have mixed voting records

TRAVERSE CITY — Not all the 10 candidates running for the 104th House seat will recognize each other from voting at the polls in previous years.

The candidates have mixed voting records, from voting in nearly every election to very few.

Republican candidate Beau Vore voted least of all the candidates, having filled out a ballot twice in his life.

Vore voted in the November elections of 2012 and 2013. He served overseas in the Air Force for years but returned to the United States in 2010.

“Politics wasn’t something I had on my forefront. Plus getting back to the states as well, I didn’t know if I was up to speed on it,” Vore said. “So I haven’t voted, I haven’t shown up for all the elections, but I still have been actively engaged in my community.”

Penny Larcom, a political newcomer who’s running as a Democrat, told the Record-Eagle earlier this week she felt she wasn’t represented.

A review of Larcom’s Michigan voting history, obtained from the Grand Traverse County Clerk’s office, showed Larcom didn’t vote at all in Michigan between 2009 and 2012, or at all in 2013.

“I really thought I had done all the voting,” Larcom said. Sometimes she doesn’t vote if she doesn’t feel like the candidates represent her, she said.

On the other end of the voting spectrum, Republican candidate Jamie Callahan had a nearly spotless voting record since 2004, as far back as the Record-Eagle checked, and Republican candidate Rob Hentschel hasn’t missed an election since 2006.

“I think it’s important,” Callahan said. “It shows you’re engaged in what’s going on locally in the community as well as nationally.”

Other candidates fell somewhere in between.

Democrat Betsy Coffia missed an August 2013 vote because she was working a ten-hour shift.

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