Byrum in for Third and Final Term

By: Sherene Tagharobi Email
By: Sherene Tagharobi Email

It was a long day for Barb Byrum, state representative and mother of two.

"I will be heading home, giving both my boys a kiss goodnight and hopefully hitting the sack myself," she told us minutes after winning a long and very close race.

We caught up with her after midnight Tuesday in the WILX studio. It wasn't until then that she could confidently walk away from the union hall where she and her supporters had been awaiting results all evening. It's hard to forget just 10 years ago, her mom Dianne Byrum prematurely declared victory in a U.S. congressional race and lost by only 111 votes.

"I'm always cautious," she said. "I want to make sure all of the precints or at least most of the precints have reported."

That's probably smart in a race that was neck and neck all the way through. When all was said and done, Byrum won with 53 percent of vote.

"It's nice to have a campaign over, and now we can focus on reforming government, cutting costs out of state government and really putting Michigan back on the right track," she said.

For her opponent, Republican Jeff Osterle, all is not lost.

"At least we're gonna have people there in Lansing that will move forward with Rick Snyder's goals that he has coming in," he said.

He may have come up short with just 47 percent of the vote, but his party made up for it.

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