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November 7, 2012

Howrylak defeats Kerwin for state rep in the 41st District

By Terry Oparka
C & G Staff Writer

Two former Troy City Council members vied to represent the 41st District in the state House. 

Republican Martin Howrylak defeated Democrat Mary Kerwin by 426 votes in the recently redrawn district that represents Clawson and Troy. According to unofficial results, Howrylak garnered 50.2 percent of the vote with 23,403 votes and Kerwin captured 49.3 percent, or 22,977 votes.

In a prepared statement he released around noon Election Day, Howrylak states, “On behalf of (his wife) Jane and myself, I would like to thank all of the volunteers and coordinators that have helped on our campaign. Their service has made the difference, and it has been an absolute honor to work with such civic-minded people.”

He continued, “I look forward to continuing to work with our great team, and all of the people in the Clawson and Troy area as we take our message to Lansing to advocate for lower taxes and less government.”

He could not be reached for further comment at press time.

Kerwin described her campaign as grassroots, with more than 100 volunteers who knocked on a total of 21,000 doors.

“I knocked on 9,000 doors,” Kerwin said. “I really had the chance to hear from residents in the community. Everyone was hospitable. That kind of opportunity to meet people in their home and learn what is important to them was the greatest gift of the campaign. It made me a better leader. I look forward to serving the community in the future.”

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Terry Oparka at toparka@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1054.