Ingham County Register of Deeds Curtis Hertel, Jr. has won the democratic primary for the 23rd District Michigan Senate Seat. He will face Republican Craig Whitehead in the November election. Democrat Gretchen Whitmer is term-limited.
Hertel beat two opponents to move on to the November election. Author and artist Larry Hutchinson took a distant second. Former Lansing City Councilman Harold Leeman placed third.
Hertel celebrated his win at Beggar's Banquet in East Lansing. All four of his young children were there. Three, played with their electronic games while waiting for the election returns to come in.
Their father was confident he'd win the primary. He says his campaign team knocked on 27,000 doors before the primary to talk with voters. He says, "People are upset with the current gridlock in Lansing. They want somebody who is going to go in and work with the other side and get things done. What they see is a legislature that, the system is broken. So they just want common sense, middle of the road people to work together and I think we present that to them."
Hertel says he hasn't met his Republican challenger Craig Whitehead. He says he'll keep knocking on doors and stay focused on issues like road funding and education.