08-01-2018 Republicans fill ballot for the 21st and 26th District Senate seats; Primary County Commi

Republicans fill ballot for the 21st and 26th District Senate seats

By Annette Christie 21st District State Senate – Berrien, Cass and St. Joseph counties Kim LaSata was first elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2016 and now seeks to be a State Senator for the 21st District which includes Berrien County. She graduated from Lake Michigan Catholic High School, has a Bachelor of Science degree, Cum Laude, from Western Michigan University, and a master’s degree, Summa Cum Laude, from Western Michigan. Kim and her husband have four children and reside in Bainbridge Township. Prior to being elected representative, she was a teacher.

Dave Pagel is three-term State Representative representing portions of Berrien and Cass counties. He and his family have deep ties to the Southwest Michigan community. He is the founder and owner of Dave Pagel Farms and Produce, which sells produce from farms statewide. He has owned and operated the produce portion of the business since 1978 and established the farm and apple orchard in 2004. Over the years they have created hundreds of jobs in our area.

26th District State Senate –includes Van Buren and Allegan counties Aric Nesbitt of Lawton is seeking the Senate seat. The former Representative is currently the state lottery commissioner. He had served three terms as a representative before he term limited in 2016. As a representative, Nesbitt led the effort to balance budgets; lower the state’s debt by $20 billion; eliminate nearly 2,300 government rules and regulations; end lifetime healthcare benefits for politicians; require able-bodied welfare recipients to work; and reduce the tax burden.

Bob Genetski of Saugatuck is also seeking the Senate seat. He is currently the Allegan County Clerk and Register of Deeds. He has a degree in education from Auburn University and a master’s degree in education from Grand Valley State University. He was elected to the Michigan House in 2008 and was re-elected for two more terms. His work experience includes sorting packages and loading trucks, corn de-tasseling, teaching and soccer coach.