Markkanen and Schott vying for 110th seat

MARQUETTE — The question of who will be the Republican contender for the 110th District in the Michigan House of Representatives is very close, with two candidates within 24 votes of one another as of press time today, according to the Michigan Secretary of State website.

As of this morning, Gregory Markkanen of Hancock is leading the charge with 2,178 votes, with Kirk Schott in a close second with 2,154 votes. The winner of the race will face off against sole Democratic candidate Ken Summers, who ran unopposed Tuesday, during the Nov. 6 election. The seat is currently held by Democrat Scott Dianda, who is unable to run in the House again due to term limits.

Candidate Brady Tervo received a total of 1,884 votes and Keith LaCosse garnered 1,252 votes.

Election results are preliminary and could take three weeks to be verified by the Board of State Canvassers, Michigan Secretary of State Spokesman Fred Woodhams said.

The winner of the Nov. 6 election will serve a two-year term in the seat, which represents residents of Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw, Marquette and Ontonagon counties.

Neither Markkanen nor Schott could be reached for comment before press time.

Lisa Bowers can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242.