69th District Candidates Make Final Primary Push

By: Shannon Kantner Email
By: Shannon Kantner Email

A political race that's both hard-fought and positive is a rarity in today's world, but that's exactly the way it's gone so far in the 69th district democratic primary.

Sam Singh and Susan Schmidt are vying to represent East Lansing, Okemos, and Williamston in the state house, replacing Mark Meadows.

It's time for the final push before Tuesday's primary, but Singh and Schmidt have been at this for a long time. Yard signs were only the beginning.

"You meet their dogs, you meet their kids, you take a tour of their garden," said Schmidt. "Anything you can imagine."

Schmidt even received a piece of homemade pottery for good luck from a constituent Sunday afternoon. Schmidt is visiting all the houses of people who weren't home the first time around she went through the whole district in April.

"You're connecting with your community," Schmidt said. "These are the people that would be hiring me. It really is a great experience."

Her experience is a little different than Singh's. While he's going door-to-door, he also has up to 30 volunteer every day working four-hour shifts. The goal is about 50 houses per shift for each volunteer.

"To be able to get to as many people as possible, let them know our record and our vision for the state of Michigan," Singh said. "We think that's what's going to be the opportunity for them to see what our record is and support us on Tuesday. Every vote counts."

Singh's focus for the campaign right now is called "Get Out the Vote." It's their way of getting people to the polls, and volunteers feel it's an easy task.

"I didn't always know who they were going to vote for or whatever, but no one slammed the door in my face, and nobody was rude to me in anyway," said Nancy Coleman, a Singh volunteer. She joined the campaign efforts after having coffee with Singh and other members of the community a few months ago. Coleman said she wants to help people get their voices heard.

A volunteer for the Schmidt campaign said he hasn't had any trouble either, but he has a not-so-secret weapon.

"I introduce myself as her son, so, I think it eases, softens them up a little bit," said Erik Schmidt, Susan Schmidt's son and an active volunteer. "But I think it gives me a little more credibility than just a random college kid or just someone else walking. So, I think it helps."

The Schmidt campaign will know if helped Tuesday. Both campaigns are calling this a very close race, and it will all depend on voter turnout.

The Republicans fighting it out for the typically democratic seat are Frank Lambert, Susan McGillicuddy, and George Nastas III.

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