Voters select Hollier and Papas to vie for District 2 state Senate seat

By: Brendan Losinski | C&G Newspapers | Published August 8, 2018






WAYNE COUNTY — In Michigan’s District 2 state Senate race, Democrat Adam Hollier was selected to run unopposed in November to complete a very short partial term for the currently vacant office, and he also was chosen to face off against Republican Lisa Papas for a four-year term that will begin after the partial term ends.

There were two races for state Senate District 2 on the Aug. 7 ballot. There was the primary to select the Republican and Democratic party nominees who will face off in November to win a four-year term that will begin in January 2019; however, because the office currently is vacant, there also was a race to determine the nominee who will be elected in November to serve a partial term that will end approximately two months later on Jan. 1, 2019.

On the Democratic side, candidate Adam Hollier won both the partial term and the four-year term. In the partial term race, Hollier received 7,074 votes, which was approximately 26 percent of the votes cast. He beat out six other candidates including Abraham Aiyash, who received 6,459 votes, or approximately 24 percent of ballots cast; and Brian Banks, who received 5,048 votes, or approximately 19 percent.

For the four-year term, Hollier received 6,927 votes, which was approximately 25 percent of the ballots cast. He defeated 10 other candidates, including several who also ran for the partial term. The top challengers were Abraham Aiyash, who received 5,764 votes, or approximately 21 percent; and Brian Banks, who received 4,719 votes, or approximately 17 percent.

For the four year term, on the Republican side, Lisa Papas defeated John Hauler with a margin of 3,879 votes to 3,293 votes. An additional 40 write-in votes were cast. This was a ratio of approximately 54 percent to approximately 46 percent.
No Republicans ran for the partial term ending on Jan. 1, 2019.
Hollier and Papas were relieved and pleased upon seeing  the results of the primary.

“I’m very excited about being able to get to work,” Hollier said. “I have an 8-month-old daughter, and dedicating the time to go out, knock on doors and talk to voters was a very hard and scary thing to do during such a critical time in my life, but I kept working and working. … I’m incredibly honored the voters decided to put their trust in me.”

“I am happy and tired. There was a lot of door-to-door, but I’m happy and excited,” said Papas. “I will be doing a lot of outreach to communities in the area, talking to a lot of groups and trying to show how I’m the best candidate for this Senate seat. … My ear and door are going to be open to the citizens of this district.”

The candidates stressed that their first priorities, if elected, would involve community improvement, with education taking a particularly strong role for both of them.

“The first thing that I want to address in office is making sure children are safe walking to school, which means closer schools, safer streets and building up local businesses,” Hollier said. “I also want to stress lowering auto insurance and investment in our infrastructure.

“My absolute first priority as an educator and parent is education. Michigan has seen a big deficiency in skills and proficiency, and we need to go in a different direction,” Papas said. “The second big priority is the Great Lakes. They are the most crucial part of our environment, and we need to do more to protect them.”

Both candidates assured voters that they are committed to serving if elected in November and are working hard to prepare for the general election.

“I am going to continue to talk to the voters and make sure people know I am working for them,” Hollier said. “I want them to see what better looks like. (If elected for the partial term,) I’ll get a head start ahead of some of my colleagues, and I want to use that time well.”

“I am here to work for the people and citizens; I am not going to be bought out by special interests,” Papas said. “I am a true grassroots candidate, and I operated this campaign on a shoestring compared to some of the other candidates. I will continue that trend as we move into the general election.”