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Niles man to challenge Proos for senate seat

Published 11:19pm Wednesday, May 12, 2010

By AARON MUELLER
Niles Daily Star

It looks like state Rep. John Proos, R-St. Joseph will have some competition in the GOP primary for Sen. Ron Jelinek’s (R-Three Oaks) term-limited 21st district state senate seat. Niles Republican Todd Griffee, who is new to the political scene, has filed to oppose him in the Aug. 3 primary election.

Democrat Scott Elliott will await the winner of the Republican primary for the general election in November.

State Rep. Sharon Tyler, R-Niles, will run unopposed in the primary election for her 78th District seat but will meet up with Democrat Cindy Ellis, of Sawyer, who filed right at the deadline Tuesday, in the general election.

The race for Proos’ house seat in the 79th District will feature a full house of candidates. Bruce Gorenflo, of St. Joseph, Al Pscholka, of Stevensville and Paul Peterson, of St. Joseph will compete in the GOP primary, while Mary Brown and Julee Laurent, both of St. Joe, will run for the Democrats.

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  • Aaron Horner

    I’ll be giving all of my support to John Proos. He is already an experienced and accomplished politician with a record of fighting for Southwest Michigan. I’m not gonna take my chances on a new guy when the one we have is already a star.

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