Phil Phelps wins 49th House seat

FLINT — Democrat Phil Phelps will fill the vacancy in the state House of Representatives 49th District.

Phelps, of Flushing, garnered 4,604 votes, or 62.7 percent, to beat Republican Don Pfeiffer of Flint, who received 2,407 votes, or 32.78 percent, and Libertarian Pat Clawson of Swartz Creek, who received 309 votes, or 4.21 percent. There were also 23 write-in votes.

According to his website, Phelps’s focus is on “progressive politics, advocating for social justice and working men and women.”

Phelps earned a bachelor’s degree in political science in 2006.

He has volunteered for former Congressman Dale E. Kildee and former

Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm.

Phelps worked with the Michigan State House Democratic Communications office before Lt. Gov. John Cherry selected him for regional director of external affairs.

He said he has fought “right to work” laws, as well as laws that “limit the choice of women.”

The 49th House district includes part of Flint, Flint Township, Flushing, Mount Morris, Mount Morris Township and Swartz Creek.

Phelps will serve until Dec. 31, 2014, fulfilling the term of former Rep. Jim Ananich.

Ananich was elected to the 27th District Senate seat in May, in a special election held after former Sen. John Gleason vacated the seat.

Gleason resigned upon being elected Genesee County clerk/register of deeds.

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