Hoisington to face Outman for 70th District


By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 7:52 pm on Wednesday, August 06, 2014

James Hoisington

A Democrat from Stanton will take on the current Republican state representative for the 70th District seat in November.

James Hoisington bested Ken Hart in a close race to win the Democratic nomination in Tuesday’s primary election.

Hoisington garnered a total of 1,138 votes in Montcalm County and a portion of Gratiot County, compared to Hart’s 972 votes in both counties.

Hoisington, 56, is a special needs bus driver for the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District.  He describes himself as having a passion for serving people and he was involved with local workers as a member of a task force working to keep Electrolux from leaving Greenville. One of his goals if elected is to establish a flat tax so everyone pays the same rate.

Hoisington could not be reached for comment Tuesday night or this morning.

Hart, 62, of Alma, is a retired corrections officer. He said he congratulated Hoisington via Facebook last night on his Democratic victory.

“I want to thank everybody that did vote for me and the support I’ve been given,” Hart said.

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