MARQUETTE - Steve Lindberg, D-Marquette, was re-elected for a third and final term as state representative for the 109th District.
He defeated Republican challenger John Brock of Munising and is now the only Democrat representing the Upper Peninsula in Lansing. Lindberg received 17,154 or 58 percent of the vote while Brock got 12,490 votes representing 42 percent of the vote.
"I'm proud and honored to be able to serve the people of the 109th for two more years. We have some pretty big challenges ahead of us and I'm ready to go back to Lansing and try to do the state's business," Lindberg said this morning.
He thanked all the people who supported and voted for him and thanked everyone who exercised their right to vote.
Lindberg said he's not sure what the political climate will be like in Lansing once all the newly elected officials take office. He said over half of the state senate and house will consist of new members, plus a new governor, new attorney general and new secretary of state.
"We have huge challenges in this state and we need to work together to solve those challenges. I wasn't subject to it but I'm hoping that all the negative advertising and the things that went on, that we can put that all behind us and work together to figure out how we're going to solve, a probably at minimum, a $1.6 billion hole in the general fund budget," Lindberg said.
As the only Democrat representing the U.P. in Lansing Lindberg said the upcoming term will be his most difficult.
"I knew this before the election, the challenges we are going to have in this coming term are going to be unprecedented. This is going to be my hardest term in office. I wish I were going to be sitting there with some people that I knew and trusted and had the experience of working with. That's not the case but we need to go forward," he said.
Brock was unavailable for comment before press time today.
Christopher Diem can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242. His e-mail address is cdiem@miningjournal. net.