11-10-2016 Trump Wins: Local election results; Share your blessings, help the Tri-city Angel help ot

 Donald Trump wins, President-elect urges Americans to come together as united people

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By Annette Christie

With the polls being described as closer than ever, and four states still too close to call, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton called Republican candidate Donald Trump and conceded the presidential election at approximately 2:42 a.m. on November 9, 2016.  This was shortly after her campaign manager addressed a crowd that was waiting to hear from her, telling them that it would not be decided tonight and that they should go home.

Donald Trump, a businessman who has never held political office, addressed a crowd of his supporters soon after.  Trump said that Clinton fought hard and that she was owed gratitude for her years of service to this country.  He urged Americans to come together as one united people.  “We will work together and unify our great country,” Trump told supporters.  Following a long list of thanks to his family and those in his inner circle that worked so hard, he stated, “The campaign is over but this movement is just beginning.”

The future vice president, Mike Pence, is the former congressman and governor of Indiana.

Upton Wins

 Fred Upton sealed another term as the congressman for the 6th District which includes Berrien, Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Cass and St. Joseph counties and a part of Calhoun and Allegan counties.  He defeated Democratic challenger Paul Clements, a professor of political science at Western Michigan University. Libertarian Lorence Wenke also opposed Upton.

Fred Upton has represented southwest Michigan for the last 30 years.  He is a Republican.

State Representative  79th District northern part of Berrien County

 Due to term limits, Representative Al Pscholka’s seat will be vacated.  The 79th District covers the northern part of Berrien County.

Republican Kim LaSata won the seat against Marletta Seats (Democrat) and Carl Oehling (U.S. Taxpayers Party).  LaSata received 23,567 votes; Seats received 15,462 votes; and Oehling received 1,129 votes.

State Representative 66th District Van Buren County 

 Due to term limits, Representative Aric Nesbitt’s seat will be vacated.  The 66th District covers all of Van Buren County and a portion of western Kalamazoo County.

Beth Griffin, 49, is currently the vice chairperson of the Van Buren County Board of Commissioners but will now be serving at the state level.  Griffin defeated Annie Brown with 17,418 to 14,899 votes.

Judicial Elections  Supreme Court

 While the numbers were not in state wide, it was Joan Larsen and David Viviano that won the people’s vote in Berrien and Van Buren counties.   Both are Supreme Court Justices that were appointed by Governor Rick Snyder.

McKay wins for Judge

 Mike McKay defeated Cirilo Martinez for the Van Buren County Seventh District Court seat being vacated by Judge Robert Hentchel.

Mike McKay, 44, is currently an assistant prosecutor in the Van Buren County Prosecutor’s Office.  He turned to a law degree after a career with the Michigan State Police.