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Graves to Represent Fenton with 51st District House Seat

Argentine Township resident Joe Graves elected to Michigan House of Representatives.

While voters ousted a Republican in November, another Republican has been elected to take his place.

Genesee County Commissioner , 58, of Argentine Township, has been elected to the 51st District House of Representatives in a special election to replace the .

He beat out Democrat Steven Losey and Green Party candidate Cary Neuville-Justice.

Graves won with 53.10 percent of the vote (10,290 total votes) to Losey's 42.17 percent of the vote (8,173 total votes). Neuville-Justice collected 803 votes for 4.14 percent of the vote.

"I felt we had the right message and it resonated with voters," Graves said after announcing victory at in Fenton Tuesday. "We will stay on the issues and continue to represent the residents."

Graves helps lead the Fenton Township drug prevention group and the anti-drug presentation "" He also served as Argentine Township clerk from 2004 to 2008. He was urged to run by local Republican Party Officials.

"I believe it is important to make sure Michigan continues to move out of the past and the residents have a voice that shares their priorities, not special interest who believe in large tax payer benefits," he said.

Graves believes the biggest issues facing the area are a lack of jobs and crime.

"We have one of the largest unemployment rates in the nation and also lead the nation in violent crime out of Flint which statistic show does spill over into our community," he said. "The two go hand in hand and we must address them and not return to the last decade where 50 percent of all jobs lost in the nation were lost right here in Michigan."

Lenny Haise February 29, 2012 at 04:29 AM
Glad to see a republican back in the saddle. The whole recall and election was a waste of tax payer money.
Fentonite February 29, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Congratulation Joe Graves on your 10-point blow out win against a hand-picked union lackey. It is too bad that the MEA wasted their member's hard-earned money on an election that showed how the union is losing clout and dignity. The MEA , ad naseum, says "it's for the kids, it's for the kids." What they "say" is always diametrically different from what they "do." If they really cared about the kids under their tutelage, they should have instead donated all the money they spent on the recall and election to the classroom teachers for purchasing school supplies they dearly need. I love teachers. Most are caring, dedicated, and honorable. My beef is with their union, who highjacked this noble profession, and formulates union policy decisions that make teachers into ogres in the public's eye. Until the ball and chain of forced union membership in education is severed, the classroom educators will have to endure the wrath of the citizens while the MEA squanders their union dues and makes a bad situation worse.
Becky Joe March 01, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Well said Fentonite.
David Carey March 01, 2012 at 02:19 PM
It was not a waste for me on the recall election of Paul Scott Joe will not be in the pocket of Snyder like Paul Scott was. The one thing on my mined was the tax increase on Retirees Joe said that was wrong to vote that tax in and if given the chance he will vote to end that tax increase. Think about it Republicans raiseing taxes!!
Fentonite March 01, 2012 at 09:31 PM
David, i am assuming you, like me, are a retiree and I empathize with you. If you look at the 2012 income tax retiree change, you will notice that if you were born before 1946 there are NO increases in taxation. Ergo, there is no change. If you were born between 1946 and 1952, you are exempt from pension taxes for the first $20,000 (single) and $40,000 (married). If born after 1952, then all your pension(s) are taxable. The Wall Street Journal found that many corporations are phasing out their defined pension plans and converting to a 401k type plan. General Motors being one of them (full disclosure:my wife is a GM-Cadillac salaried retiree). In my estimation, taxing pensions will start to decrease because less retirees will be receiving pensions upon retirement in the future. The gorilla in the room is the public employees and unionized workers. If---big if--Michigan eliminates collective bargaining (as Wisconsin recently did) or becomes a Right to Work State (as Indiana recently did), the question of taxing pensions will be a moot point. Do you think Joe Graves, a fine man,has the clout, experience, and the power to stop a juggernaut if the people demand change. At one time unions were a potent political force--not any more. They are fortunate to keep what they have bargained for, let alone, ask for more. FYI: Michigan website for taxing pensions. Check it out. http://www.michigan.gov/documents/taxes/Tax_Change_Summaries_-_Retirement_Exemptions_359799_7.pdf

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