47th State House: Bob Bezotte wins primary battle to succeed Rep. Hank Vaupel

Livingston County Commissioner and former sheriff Bob Bezotte is poised for a big win in the 47th District State House Republican primary, defeating Livingston County Republican Party Chairperson Meghan Reckling and two other candidates, Yvonne Black and Zachary Dyba.

With about 83 percent of the vote in, Bezotte has a commanding lead. He has 9,314 votes to 7,027 for Reckling, 518 for Black and 506 for Dyba in the heavily Republican district.

ABOUT THE RACE

There are four candidates in the Republican primary for Michigan’s 47th state House District: Bob Bezotte, a current county commissioner and former sheriff; Yvonne Black of Marion Township; Zachary Dyba, the assistant to the township manager in Brighton Township; and Meghan Reckling, chair of the Livingston County Republican Party. The winner will face Democrat Adam Smiddy, former director of Livingston County Veterans Services, in the fall.

The 47th District includes the City of Howell; the Village of Fowlerville; part of the City of Fenton; and the townships of Conway, Cohoctah, Deerfield, Hartland, Handy, Iosco, Unadilla, Oceola, Marion and Tyrone. The seat is currently held by term-limited Republican state Rep. Hank Vaupel of Fowlerville.

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