77th State House District candidate decided by 25 votes

The first Democratic primary in Michigan’s new 77th State House district resulted in 25 votes.

And it appears, according to unofficial results on the Michigan Secretary of State’s website compiling county clerk vote totals, that Lansing resident Emily Dievendorf won.

Approved last December by Michigan’s redistricting commission, the 77th District separates Lansing north of Grand River from the rest of Ingham County, grouping those voters with sections of southern Clinton County and a small portion of Ingham County. Eatons.

With 100% of the precinct results, Dievendorf — a nonprofit bookstore owner with experience in lobbying and activism — received 4,547 votes in the new district. Jon Horford, a Lansing resident and former professional basketball player, garnered 4,522 votes. Logan Byrne, a graduate of Michigan State Law School and experienced in the field of immigration, finished third with 1,958 votes.

If the results hold, Dievendorf will run in November against Republican John Magoola, who won the district’s Republican nomination unopposed with 5,491 votes.

The majority of the turnout came from Lansing, where Dievendorf won about 45% of the 6,515 votes to Horford’s 41%. She also won 40% to 33% for second place in Clinton County, where 3,500 voters turned out.

Horford, a former Grand Ledge High School basketball star, nearly made up the difference in Eaton County, where he won about 69% of 1,012 voters.

Jon Horford
Logan Byrne

Neither the Dievendorf nor Horford campaigns responded to an immediate request for comment on Wednesday.

After:Emily Dievendorf felt compelled to run for State House, to represent a Lansing community she has served her entire adult life

After:For former basketball star Jon Horford, the Lansing area is his home. Now he wants to represent him at the State House.

After:Logan Byrne set out to overthrow a State House seat, liquidated in a competitive Democratic primary for the new 77th District

In a Facebook post, however, Dievendorf thanked the public for their support and said his campaign was waiting to hear from other candidates before commenting on the unofficial results.

Dievendorf came to the Lansing area in 1997 to attend Michigan State University. She worked for Democrats Alexander Lipsey and Andy Coulouris before becoming a lobbyist and later executive director of the civil rights group Equality Michigan, which serves the state’s LGBT community.

She currently works as a civil and political rights consultant and opened The Resistance, an independent bookstore focused on inclusion and justice, with artist Fae Mitchell in February.

According to Dievendorf’s campaign website, his political priorities include support for public education, racial justice, living wages, reproductive rights, LGBTQ+ protections, ending violence in local communities, accessibility to housing and urban agriculture, among others.

Contact journalist Jared Weber at 517-582-3937 or [email protected]

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