McBroom gets GOP nod for state Senate


Former state legislator Ed McBroom of Vulcan advanced Tuesday to be the Republican candidate for the 38th District state Senate seat in November.

McBroom defeated businessman Mike Carey of Iron Mountain in Tuesday’s primary vote. With all 198 precincts reporting, McBroom received 16,264 votes, or 69 percent, to 7,197 votes for Carey, or 31 percent.

Local voters supported McBroom, with Dickinson County giving him 2,487 votes to Carey’s 917, and Iron County giving him 726 to Carey’s 549.

McBroom was a three-term state representative in District 108 who left his position because of term limits. The current senator for the 38th District, Tom Casperson of Escanaba, could not seek re-election, also under term limits.

McBroom will face Democrat and current 110th District state Rep. Scott Dianda of Calumet in November, who ran unopposed in the primary election Tuesday.

Dianda received 1,636 votes in Dickinson County and 1,034 in Iron County.

The 38th District encompasses much of the Upper Peninsula, including Alger, Baraga, Delta, Dickinson, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw, Marquette, Menominee, Ontonagon and Schoolcraft counties.