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Lilly defeats Sias in 89th District Rep race

Marie Havenga • Nov 7, 2018 at 12:34 AM

Rep. Jim Lilly, R-Park Township, edged out Democratic challenger Jerry Sias, capturing more than 60 percent of the vote as of press time for the 89th District Michigan House seat in Tuesday's election.

“I think the results of this election show what many of us already knew, which is that at the end of the day, Ottawa County voters care about results,” Lilly said. “I'm proud of the work we have accomplished in the last two years, and in the next two, I will continue to bring our West Michigan values to Lansing to ensure Michigan's comeback continues.”

The 89th District includes the townships of Grand Haven, Olive, Park, Port Sheldon, Robinson, Blendon, Crockery and Spring Lake, and the cities of Ferrysburg and Grand Haven.

Voters first elected Lilly, who has a banking background, to represent the 89th District in 2016. He replaced Republican Amanda Price, who was term-limited after serving District 89 from 2010 to 2017.

Lilly said he plans to help students become more aware of skilled trade opportunities, especially those who choose not to attend college.

Lilly also hopes to work on lowering auto insurance rates in Michigan.

Sias, who was born and raised in Grand Haven, served in the Army for eight years, worked on a production line for Johnson Controls Inc., then learned the electrical trade, starting his own company, called Affordable Electric.

After a near-fatal car crash, Sias had to give up his work in the electrical field.

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