Gleason retains seat in 27th District

— Once the results were in, the voters decided to re-elect Sen. John Gleason (D) to another term in the 27th District in the Michigan State Senate. Gleason garnered 66 percent of the vote, while his opponents Vernon Molnar (R) received 31 percent of the vote and Pat Clawson (L) received three percent of the vote.

Sen. John Gleason

Sen. John Gleason

Gleason was first elected to the Michigan State Senate in 2006. Prior to entering state politics, he served as a Genesee County Commissioner from 1995- 2002. Gleason could not be reached for comment.

Molnar, who was a political newcomer in the election, was pleased with receiving 31 percent of the vote.

“I was elated for my first time out, and it turned out better than my wildest dreams,” he said. “I want to congratulate Gleason, and also Clawson for taking a noble step and running as a third-party candidate. I learned a lot and hopefully, I’ll throw my hat in the ring in two years.”

Of the race, Clawson admitted it was hard for a third-party candidate.

“It was a good race, but it’s an uphill struggle for a third-party candidate in a heavily Democratic district. People said they were afraid of voting for a third-party candidate because they would be throwing their vote away,” he said. “Vernon Molnar ran an excellent, classy campaign and John Gleason, well he spent some money.”

Despite the outcome, Clawson said he will “absolutely” consider another run in the future.

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