Cambensy replaces Kivela as new 109th representative

Sara Cambensy, newly elected representative to the State House 109th District, campaigns in this October file photo.

MARQUETTE – Democrat Sara Cambensy is today’s winner in the race against Republican Rich Rossway for the 109th State House District.

Today’s special election was held to fill the remainder of the late Rep. John Kivela’s term, which expires at the end of 2018.

In the final tally this evening, Cambensy received a total of 11,197 votes, Rossway 8,362 votes, and Green Party Candidate Wade Roberts received 266 votes.

Alger County was extremely close with Cambensy getting 1,255 votes, Rossway 1,226 votes, and Roberts 48.

With final preliminary results coming in from the city of Marquette, Cambensy took Marquette County with 8,735 votes to Rossway’s 5,495 votes and Roberts’ 179.

Rossway swept Schoolcraft and Luce counties, winning with 1,049 votes in Schoolcraft and 592 in Luce, to Cambensy’s 893 votes in Schoolcraft and 314 in Luce.

Results are preliminary. The Marquette County Board of Canvassers will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday to finalize vote counts.

Official election results will be available by 5 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Marquette County Clerk’s Office.

The 109th District encompasses Alger County, Luce County, Schoolcraft County and part of Marquette County, including the cities of Marquette, Negaunee and Ishpeming, and the townships of Champion, Chocolay, Ely, Ewing, Forsyth, Humboldt, Marquette, Michigamme, Negaunee, Republic, Richmond, Sands, Skandia, Tilden, Turin, Wells and West Branch.