Farm Bureau-endorsed candidates fared well in the primary election on August 7, with 96 of 105 winning, equating to a success rate of 91 percent.
Several county Farm Bureau members won their races. Among them were farmers Roger Victory of Ottawa County, Ed McBroom of Dickinson County, Sarah Lightner of Jackson County, Luke Meerman of Ottawa County and Kevin Daley of Lapeer County.
Daley is a former state representative and running for the state senate in the 31st district, consisting of Bay, Tuscola and Lapeer counties.
“Farm Bureau’s endorsement gave my candidacy a lot of credibility,” said Daley. “AgriPac’s support was important to me to solidify the support of farmers in my district. Members of Farm Bureau want someone with common sense and someone with agricultural experience, who understands the issues of Michigan farmers.”
Luke Meerman is a township trustee in Polkton Township and is a first-time candidate for the state house in the 88th district, representing a portion of Ottawa County.
“Farm Bureau’s support was integral to our victory,” said Meerman. “The AgriPac contribution meant so much to me because it came from my fellow farmers. I’m proud to be an active county Farm Bureau member as Farm Bureau is a big part of my story on how I got to the place to run for this seat.”
“We’re thrilled that so many farmers stepped up to the plate to run for office and won,” said Matt Kapp, Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) Government Relations Specialist. “A goal of the Michigan Farm Bureau is increasing the number of farmers that serve in government. Our members voted for candidates who will advance farm-friendly policies in the House and Senate. In many of these races, the primary was the election because of the partisan make-up of the districts.”
Michigan Farm Bureau has a grassroots endorsement process that starts with county Farm Bureau Candidate Evaluation Committees. Those local committees provide recommendations to MFB’s state-wide political action committee called AgriPac.