Moolenaar to fill 4th District seat


By Mike Taylor • Last Updated 3:15 pm on Thursday, November 06, 2014

Republican John Moolenaar will fill 4th Congressional District seat vacated by retiring Dave Camp, having beaten out Democratic challenger Jeff Holmes by a vote of 123,487 to 85,492 with 385 of 387 precincts reporting in Tuesday’s election.

Camp has held the post since first being elected in 1990.

The vast 4th District includes portions of Northern and Central Michigan, consisting of all of Clare, Grand Traverse, Gratiot, Isabella, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Mecosta, Midland, Missaukee, Montcalm, Osceola, and Roscommon counties and the northern portion of Shiawassee and most of the western portion of Saginaw counties.

Moolenaar, who has a master’s degree from Harvard University, has worked in the private sector as an industry specialist for Dow Chemical. He also has worked in the private sector as an industry specialist at Dow Chemical, with the Middle Michigan Development Corporation and served as an administrator at the Midland Academy of Advanced and Creative Studies.

When it became clear he was winning at the polls Tuesday night, Moolenaar expressed appreciation to the voters who made it to the polls.

“I’m just grateful for the support I’ve received and very much appreciate the opportunity to get to know people throughout the 15 counties of the district,” Moolenaar said. “I ran a strong grassroots campaign and I’m excited about the opportunity to serve our district and our country.”

Holmes of Alma is a doctor and lifetime Michigan resident who attended Michigan State University and earned his medical training at Wayne State University.

Holmes did not return a message seeking comment Tuesday night.

Also running for the seat were U.S. Taxpayers party candidate George Zimmer, who garnered 4,975 votes and Libertarian candidate Will White who earned 4,690 votes.

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