In the August 4 Michigan primary, 68 of Michigan Farm Bureau’s AgriPac-endorsed Friends of Agriculture were successful and will now focus their campaign efforts on the November 3 general election.
First-time candidate and Montcalm County Farm Bureau board member Patrick Outman won a competitive race in the 70th House District (Montcalm County and portions of Gratiot).
Several incumbent candidates with strong farm ties will also appear on the ballot this fall.
MFB’s election expert, Matt Kapp, said the organization is pleased with the success experienced by so many of the organization’s endorsed candidates.
“We’re sending congratulations to our victorious Friends of Agriculture,” Kapp said. “Michigan Farm Bureau and our county Farm Bureaus will continue supporting their campaigns with the ultimate goal being a win in the November 3 general election.”
He also had a special message for St. Joseph County Farm Bureau member Larry Walton and Sanilac County Farm Bureau member Gregory Alexander who unfortunately lost their primary bids for seats in the state House.
“We want to thank Larry and Greg for the hard work, time and resources they devoted to creating strong campaigns and long-lasting relationships with local constituents,” Kapp said. “They’ve set a great example for other farmers who may aspire to run for elected office.
“There’s a constant need for farmers to run for office, to represent agriculture and influence the legislative process on behalf of their rural communities.”
Meanwhile in the U.S. House, sitting Reps. Jack Bergman, Bill Huizenga, Dan Kildee, John Moolenaar and Tim Walberg glided through their uncontested races. Additionally, incumbents Rep. Fred Upton and Brenda Lawrence easily defeated their primary challengers.
AgriPac-endorsed candidate Rep. Shane Hernandez regrettably fell short of getting enough votes to defeat his opponent in the 10th Congressional district.
See how all Friends of Agriculture fared in the primary election .