VanWoerkom, Baker compete for 88th seat in House District

Incumbent Greg VanWoerkom, R-Norton Shores, advanced to the November general election, where he will face Democratic challenger Christine Baker of Grand Haven.

VanWoerkom defeated Spring Lake challenger Mick Bricker in Tuesday’s Republican primary for the new seat in the state house’s 88th district, with 62 percent of the vote (11,229) compared to Bricker’s 37 percent (6,688).

The Democratic Party race saw Baker take an early lead and set a commanding lead over Jeffrey Noel. Baker finished with 84 percent of the vote (5,555), while Noel got 16 percent (1,057).

VanWoerkom was elected Kingdom Representative of the 91st District in 2018. The 91st district included portions of Muskegon County, including the towns of Montague, Norton Shores, Roosevelt Park, and Whitehall. In the past year, the district lines have been redrawn, creating the new 88th district, which includes southwestern Muskegon County and northwestern Ottawa County.

“We felt good at the start of the elections,” said VanWoerkom. “We put in the work and effort to win. We had good conversations with people at their door about the topics that mattered, and we talked about those released during the campaign.”

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