Lyons wins easily in 86th District


By Curtis Wildfong • Last Updated 10:05 am on Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Lisa Posthumus Lyons

State Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons, R-Alto, earned her party’s nod in Tuesday’s primary election, topping her opponent Angela Rigas, also a Republican from Alto.

Lyons 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 the leading vote getter in each of the two counties the district covers. She tallied 7,492 votes to 3,069 for Rigas.

In Ionia County, Lyons won 73.4 percent of the vote (996 to 355).

In Kent County, Lyons earned 6,496 votes to Rigas’ 2,714.

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 previously told The Daily News. “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.

Rigas did not return messages seeking comment for this story.

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