Lilly wins GOP primary race for state House

Krystle Wagner • Aug 8, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Incumbent Jim Lilly continues his run for re-election for the state House 89th District seat.

Of the 12,020 of votes cast in the primary race, Lilly took 79.2 percent and challenger Beverly Zimmerman received 20.8 percent, according to unofficial primary election results Tuesday night.

Lilly will face Democrat Jerry A. Sias of Spring Lake in the November election.

Included in the 89th District are the cities of Ferrysburg and Grand Haven, and townships of Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Robinson, Olive, Crockery, Park, Port Sheldon and Blendon.

In speaking with voters, Lilly said the sentiments he heard were that things are going well in the state, they’re gaining momentum and people want to see it continue.

“I’m looking forward to continuing that trend of positive action here in the state,” he said.

Lilly said he appreciates the trust Ottawa County voters placed in him, and he plans to continue working on infrastructure, skill-trade opportunities, paying down the state’s debt and addressing challenges along the way.

Lilly, 36, was first elected for the House seat in 2016. Before being elected, Lilly and his wife served as lighthouse leadership co-chairpersons for the Greater Ottawa County United Way.

Lilly also serves on the Holland/Zeeland Community Foundation’s project-related investment committee and the West Coast Chamber’s public policy committee.

In a Tribune questionnaire, Lilly said he’s running for re-election because he and his wife have invested “a great deal” in their relationships in West Michigan, they want to live in the area for the rest of their lives, and the state continues to faces challenges.

“We need to continue to send people to Lansing with financial and business experience who can tackle these issues head-on and articulate the challenges to their constituents to generate support for solutions,” he wrote in the questionnaire. “I’ve worked hard to get the state to put a plan in place to pay off its debt and to invest in infrastructure and K-12 education. There’s still a great deal of work to do, which is why I’m asking voters for a second term.”

Lilly said his top legislative priorities are to “prioritize investment” in the state’s infrastructure and to increase “the standard of living for hard-working Michiganders.”

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