By Ryan Kryska
The Holt Journal
Democratic State Rep. Tom Cochran outpolled John Hayhoe by 2,695 votes, 16,975-14,280, according to unofficial Ingham County results.
Cochran and his campaign celebrated election night at Pizza House in East Lansing.
“Being the 67th District Representative means a great deal to me,” said Cochran. “I remember back when I went to Everett High School we used to ride our bikes to the State Capitol and venture around, and now I am on the House floor. It is very humbling.”
Cochran has plans for his introduced codification bill on joint account transparency requiring full access to accounts. Also introduced is his bill to stop fracking flow-back byproduct usage as dust suppression on roads.
Campaign manager Joe Duffy said Cochran has worked very hard, knocking on more than 10,000 doors in the district.
“Tom is very accessible, always returning calls and staying in touch. He truly works for the people and is there for them,” said Duffy.
Cochran had said it would be nice to have a Democratic majority after the elections, but that is not the case.
“It just saddens me that Democrats and Republicans are not always willing to work together,” said Cochran.
GOP candidate Hayhoe spent the election night at home enjoying supper with his wife.
“I love what I do and am excited to continue serving the people,” said Cochran.