Cherry, Duvendeck running in 49th House District race

GENESEE COUNTY — John Cherry (D-Flint) will face Patrick Duvendeck (R-Flushing) for the 49th District House of Representatives seat on Nov. 6.

Cherry emerged as the August primary winner in a crowded Democratic field that included Dayne Walling, LaShaya Darisaw, Jacky King, Justin Dickerson and Don Wright. Cherry received 5,267 votes, which amounted to 46 percent of the vote.

Duvendeck was unopposed in the primary race.

Cherry, 33, previously served as the Secretary of the College Cultural Neighborhood Association and vicechair on the City of Flint’s charter commission. He holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. He and his wife also own the Flint Coffee Company in Flint.

Cherry’s priorities including restor- ing the state’s infrastructure, improving skilled-trade education and providing affordable healthcare. He has also campaigned for better accountability in the state government and more funding for public schools.

Duvendeck, 69, is the president of PhD Automation and was a former engineering group manager for General Motors. He was a Republican candidate for the 49th District in 2016 and also ran for the same seat in a special election in 2013.

Duvendeck has based his campaign platform on improving public safety and reviving the local economy. He has also prioritized collaborative partnerships between higher education and local businesses and called for more resources to combat crime in the Flint area.

Cherry and Duvendeck are competing for the seat currently held by term-limited Rep. Phil Phelps, who is seeking election to the Michigan State Senate to represent State Senate District 32.

The 49th House District covers Flushing, Mt. Morris, Mt. Morris Township, the City of Flint, Flint Township and Swartz Creek.

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