ESCANABA - Ed McBroom will serve a second term as the 108th State Representative, voters decided in the three-county district during Tuesday's general election, according to unofficial results.
McBroom defeated Democrat candidate Sharon Gray with voters casting 22,399 votes (55 percent of voters) for the incumbent and 18,654 votes (45 percent of voters) for the challenger, resulting in a difference of 3,745 tallies.
The district represents Delta, Menominee and Dickinson counties.
"I've been working hard for the district. I'm glad to have earned their trust for another time around," McBroom said early this morning prior to the final results of the contest which showed a 3,611 lead for him at 2:30 a.m. EST. A handful of small precincts in had yet to report election results.
McBroom said he will continue to work on issues in the district including improving vocational education opportunities for high school students, adjusting auto no-fault insurance laws, working on PILT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) payments on state lands in the U.P., and combatting the drug trade on the Wisconsin/Michigan border in relation to conviction penalties.
The race for the two-year term was very close for the two candidates in Delta County with McBroom achieving 8,946 votes to Gray's 8,830 votes, a difference of only 116 tallies.
"Sharon ran a good campaign and worked hard, too," commented McBroom. "I'm honored to have won the trust of the majority of the folks."
He said he was very humbled to have won the race two years ago. To have been re-elected a second time around tells him voters believe he is someone who listens to their concerns, McBroom added.
Unofficial final results in Menominee County were also close with 5,605 votes for McBroom and 5,028 votes for Gray. In Dickinson County, McBroom out-scored Gray by a wider margin receiving 7,848 votes to her 4,796 votes.