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Unemployed Allegan County man surprised to win State House primary

The Michigan House of Representatives. Union members protested today in a State House committee room.
Lester Graham
Michigan Radio
Steven Johnson was surprised to learn he might be heading to Lansing next year to represent Michigan's 72nd District.

The primary election in West Michigan's 72nd District to replace term-limited Republican State Representative Ken Yonker was a crowded race, and perhaps most surprised by the outcome was the winner himself.

Steven Johnson of Wayland came out on top, solidly beating the four other candidates, including one backed by the powerful DeVos family. 

Johnson is 25 years old, unemployed, and now he could be headed to Lansing to represent the people of Kentwood and Gaines Township in Kent County and the northeast corner of Allegan County.

"We were optimistic, but to actually see that I won, it was a little bit shocking to actually see that," Johnson said.

Johnson joined us today to talk about what made him decide to run for State House and what his priorities will be should he win over Democrat Steve Shoemaker in November. 

GUEST Steven Johnson is the winner of the Republican primary for State Representative from the 72nd District in West Michigan.

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