East Grand Rapids, MI -- Bill Saxton (D) and Bryan Posthumus (R) prepare for a competitive November election following their respective primary election wins on Tuesday night. Saxton earned a plurality of ballots cast despite running unopposed for the Democratic nomination and solidified his support in the southwest portion of the district. Posthumus flopped across the finish line following a messy GOP primary, leaving many voters wary of the baggage he brings to his next contest.
“The DeVos family’s investment paid off,” said Saxton. “Bryan Posthumus was their hand-picked candidate from the start. When John Inhulsen, one of Posthumus’s primary opponents, ran a grassroots funded campaign that doubled Posthumus’s own fundraising efforts, the DeVos family PACs swooped in to make sure their golden boy would win.”
According to campaign finance records, John Inhulsen outraised Bryan Posthumus $115,665 to $53,200, but over $75,000 in hit-piece mail funded by DeVos family and dark money PACs seemed to overwhelm GOP primary voters.
Saxton warns that Posthumus’s primary campaign behavior is a sign of what voters can expect if he holds office. “Bryan Posthumus is not here to serve the people of our district. The DeVos family delivered him the nomination, and they will expect a return on investment if he wins in November. Our district cannot afford another dynasty politician who will spend his term focused on outsider interests while our schools and businesses are in crisis.”
“Our campaign has always been about the needs of our community,” Saxton shared. “I’m running because I’ve talked with voters who are worried about our schools next year, who can’t afford vital prescription drugs like insulin, and who still don’t trust the safety of their drinking water. We don’t need another partisan in Lansing. The hard-working families of our community deserve a representative who will roll up his sleeves and get results for them.”
Bill Saxton is a small business owner, father of three, and Democrat running for State Representative to represent the City of East Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Charter Township, and the townships of Cannon, Courtland, Nelson, Oakfield, Plainfield, and Spencer. For more information, visit www.billinthehouse.com.