2016-11-10 / Front Page

‘Something was amiss’

Scripps recounts election night
By Amy Hubbell
Of The Enterprise staff

Curt VanderWall may have ridden the coattails of Republican president-elect Donald Trump to victory Tuesday in the race for the 101st State House seat.

VanderWall took three of the four counties comprising the district to top Democrat Dan Scripps by a 54-46 percent margin.

Turnout was high throughout the district, making for a late night for election workers and candidates as well.

“We didn’t get home until about 2:30,” said VanderWall while driving to Lansing yesterday morning. “My home turf (Mason County) came in at just over 60 percent. That was big.”

VanderWall, a Ludington resident, is chairman of the Mason County Board of Commissioners and his involvement in that community was clearly evident in the election tally, which gave him a 3,000-vote advantage over Scripps.

The small businessman outdid his opponent by just over 500 votes in both Manistee and Benzie counties — well more than enough to make up for Scripps’ razor-thin 27-vote “win” in his home county of Leelanau.

Was the huge voter turnout and Trump’s presidential upset of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton have a role in VanderWall’s win?

“That didn’t hurt. But I think my probusiness stand, plans to fix the education system and reintroduction of the trades resonated well with constituents in the district,” he said.

Scripps, who served as Leelanau’s State House representative from 2008- 10, was reeling from the loss yesterday morning.

“I didn’t see this coming at all,” he said. “And I didn’t expect Trump to do as well as he did either.” However, shortly after polls closed Tuesday night Scripps began to realize something was amiss in election results.

“In one specific precinct (outside Leelanau) I won with 57 percent, but is wasn’t the 62 percent I thought I’d need to win the race overall,” he said.

Locally, VanderWall took seven of the county’s 11 townships, allowing Scripps to outdistance him by just .19 percent.

VanderWall hit the road for Lansing yesterday where he was scheduled to attend training seminars and begin interating with leaders in the House, which is expected to continue holding a Republican majority.

What’s next for Scripps and his family?

He took a leave of absence from his work as leader of a Michigan advanced energy business group and will likely return to work in the field of clean energy.

Scripps said he has no intention of leaving Northport, which is home to he and his wife, Jamie, and their children, Jack and Nicol.

“I’m not going anywhere,” he said. “I’ll continue to work to move things forward (in clean energy) in other ways.”

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Guess what lil Danny Scripps

Guess what lil Danny Scripps you need to find a private sector JOB ! Good luck with your resume ! The Green Mafia is also dead !!