ELECTION PREVIEW: Lyons faces Republican challenger

By Curtis Wildfong • Last Updated 10:17 am on Monday, August 04, 2014

Lisa Posthumus Lyons

State Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons, R-Alto, is being challenged in her bid for re-election to the 86th District by Angela Rigas, also a Republican from Alto.

The winner of the Tuesday’s primary election will face Democratic candidate Lynn Mason of Belding in November’s general election.

The 86th District is comprised of portions of Kent and Ionia counties including the cities of Belding, Ionia and Lowell and the townships of Easton, Ionia, Orleans, Otisco, Ada, Bowne, Caledonia, Cascade, Grattan, Lowell and Vergennes.

Lyons was first elected in 2010 to the Michigan House and was re-elected in 2012.

She is a lifelong resident of Kent County, graduating from Lowell High School before earning her bachelor’s degree in agricultural and natural resources communication from Michigan State University.

Prior to being elected, Lyons worked as director of public policy and community outreach for the Grand Rapids Association of Realtors and the Commercial Alliance of Realtors.

Lyons said she ran for public office in order to serve her community, state and nation.

“During my first two terms, I have been proud to be a part of the legislative leadership that has helped Michigan turn the economic corner. We’ve paid down more than $21 billion in debt and invested more funding into the School Aid Fund than any other time in state history,” she said. “In addition, we’ve eliminated 10 regulations for every one added to the books, helping to create 286,000 new jobs in the private sector as a result of the job-growing policies I’ve championed and/or supported.”

She said she chose to run for re-election because the job is not complete.

“We’ve accomplished much in just four years, but there’s still more work to do, and I look forward to continuing these efforts on behalf of the hard-working taxpayers of Michigan,” she said.

For her, jobs and economy are the biggest issue facing the 86th District, as well as infrastructure such as roads.

Rigas did not respond to multiple attempts for comment for this story. On her Facebook page, she describes herself as a wife, mother and entrepreneur.

Rigas lists her top priorities as “repealing Medicaid expansion and Obamacare and eliminating the bureaucracy and government involvement in Michigan families’ medical decisions.” She also hopes to “stop the implementation of common core and restore local and parental control to our schools, stop the wasteful spending, handouts to favored special interests and restore sanity to our tax structure, and spur job growth through the elimination of bureaucracy and regulation that currently inhibits start-ups and new small business.”

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