CALUMET - Scott Dianda is ready to get to work in Lansing to do the work of all the people of the western Upper Peninsula after defeating incumbent 110th State House District Rep. Matt Huuki in Tuesday's general election.
With 100 percent of 88 precincts reporting, Democrat Dianda received 19,702 votes, or 51 percent, to 18,617 votes, or 49 percent, for Huuki, R-Atlantic Mine.
Dianda said the campaign was a tough one, but he's up to the challenge of his new job.
"We worked hard," he said. "We're going to represent everybody in the 110th District."
Dianda said cooperation is needed now not only in Lansing, but in Washington, D.C., also. Cooperation is needed between the states and the federal government.
When he takes his seat in Lansing, Dianda said he'll immediately start working on that cooperation to improve things in the state and the Upper Peninsula.
"We need jobs," he said. "We need to educate the kids. We need to take care of seniors."
He'll work to make the rest of the members of the Legislature understand the needs of the people in the U.P., Dianda said, and he said he'll be open to all opinions about how to do that.
"Once we get over that hurdle, we'll be able to accomplish anything," he said.
Dianda said he appreciates the confidence voters have in him.
"I want to thank everyone for having the privilege to represent the people of the west end of the U.P.," he said.
Huuki could not be reached for comment by press time this morning.