Voters will decide between two similar, yet different candidates for 70th District state representative on Nov. 6.
Incumbent Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, is being challenged by Mike Huckleberry, D-Greenville.
The 70th District encompasses all of Montcalm County and part of Gratiot County, including the cities of Alma and St. Louis and the townships of Bethany, Emerson, Pine River and Seville.
Both Mr. Huckleberry and Mr. Outman are owners of small businesses. Mr. Huckleberry owns Huckleberry’s Restaurant in Greenville; Mr. Outman owns Outman Excavating in Six Lakes.
Both Mr. Huckleberry and Mr. Outman have legislative experience. Mr. Huckleberry was elected 70th District state representative in 2008 and served as such until Mr. Outman ousted him from office in 2010.
Both men want to help create jobs in Michigan, especially here, in the Montcalm County area.
The 70th District race has been contentious, with allegations going back and forth of irresponsible finances and accusations of a lack of integrity.
But overall, Mr. Outman has impressed us with his consistently positive attitude toward the way things are headed in Michigan and his knowledge of 70th District issues. He says since he was elected to office, under Republican guidance, the state has balanced its budget and paid off $20 million in long-term debt. He says, if re-elected, he will continue working to “right-size” government, fix mismanagement of funds, improve welfare standards and improve benefits for veterans. He also would prioritize reducing regulations that make it difficult to create businesses in and attract more businesses to the Montcalm County area — especially processing plants, which he hopes will be able to take advantage of our impressive agricultural environment.
Mr. Outman says he made some “tough, excruciating calls” while in office and he’s not afraid to make those calls again if it will help our state’s longterm future.
We, too, are optimistic about the path Michigan is following. Because our state is heading in the right direction and because we believe it takes time to build momentum as an elected official, we hope voters will give Mr. Outman two more years to work toward his goals.
Mr. Outman has our endorsement for 70th District state representative.