The candidate filing deadline in Livingston County brought a huge development on Tuesday afternoon, as Livingston County Republican Party chair Meghan Reckling filed to run for the 47th District State House seat currently held by term-limited State Rep. Hank Vaupel, R-Fowlerville. The 47th District covers the Howell, Hartland and Fowlerville areas.
That sets the stage for a titanic GOP primary showdown between Reckling and Bob Bezotte, a current county commissioner and former sheriff. Two other candidates – Yvonne Black and Zachary Dyba – are also in the GOP primary. The winner will face Democrat Adam Smiddy in the fall.
Reckling is a very well-known figure in Livingston County political circles making her first try at elective office. She’s also well-known at the State Capitol, until recently working as chief of staff for State Sen. Lana Theis, R-Brighton. She previously worked as a legislative staffer for former State Rep. Bill Rogers.
“After careful consideration, I believe that I can offer the strong voice, leadership and ability to work with diverse groups of individuals to deliver the results that the people of Livingston County deserve. I will hit the ground running,” said Reckling. “I’m looking forward to continuing to build upon my record of hard work, championing conservative causes, utilizing the networks I’ve built, and applying my knowledge of how to bypass bureaucracy to best serve my community – mainly, hardworking taxpayers and the families who call Livingston County home.”
Theis offered her support for Reckling in endorsing her former chief of staff.
“This state is in a uniquely difficult time,” Theis said. “We need leaders who understand the issues and are willing to work hard to achieve the solutions. Meghan is a talented, smart, hardworking woman with a proven track record of service to the citizens of Livingston County. Her ability to discern complex legislative issues, combined with her strong foundations of faith, family, and freedom will serve the people of the 47thdistrict well.”
Reckling (who owns a small business and lives in Handy Township) and her husband have two children. She grew up in Howell and attended Michigan State University.