MARQUETTE - Democrat Scott Dianda, of Calumet, successfully upset Matt Huuki, R-Atlantic Mine, to win the seat in Michigan's 110th House District.
Dianda earned the two-year seat with 19,702 votes, while Huuki received 18,617 votes.
Huuki was a freshman in the Michigan House of Representatives, representing all of Gogebic, Iron, Keweenaw, Baraga and Houghton counties, as well as Marquette County's Powell Township. This year, Ishpeming Township will also join the 110th District.
"It's been a great honor to serve the 110th House District," Huuki said. "The last two years have gone by in a whirlwind and we have attacked one major issue after another. I'm very proud to be a part of the team that took Michigan from a deficit to a surplus. It's something I feel incredibly proud of, and to be able to work with those colleagues has been an immense honor.
"I want to say congratulations to Scott Dianda, and hopefully he has as good of an experience as I had over the last two years," Huuki said, adding that he hopes Dianda will continue to champion legislation Huuki has introduced in the House, such as a proposed severance tax on nonferrous mining and establishing a wolf hunt for Michigan.
In previous interviews with The Mining Journal, Dianda - a graduate of Lake Superior State University - said his biggest priority was repealing Public Act 38, which involved pension tax reform.
Calls for comment made to Dianda were not returned by press time this morning.