KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Michigan's 66th District - covering all of Van Buren County and Cooper and Alamo Townships - has been under the state House leadership of Representative Aric Nesbitt (R-Antwerp Township) for the last term.
Tuesday, he will ask voters to re-elect him.
Nesbitt tells WKZO it has been a team effort between he and other Republicans in Lansing.
"We have a great team here in southwest Michigan with Representative(s) Margaret O'Brien (R-Portage), Matt Lori (R-Constantine) and another in Senator (Tonya) Schuitmaker (R-Lawton)," Nesbitt said. "We tried to work together to balance what was a $1.5 billion deficit when we came in a year and a half ago and turned it into a $400 million surplus."
Nesbitt grew up on dairy and grape farms in Van Buren County, then worked at one time for former lawmaker Tom George as well as having served as a legislative director in the U.S. House of Representatives.
His challenger is Democrat Richard Rajkovich, a former teacher and resident of Mattawan who tells WKZO he sees gridlock in Lansing."There has to be some reasoning going on, some discussion going on..." He said. "Right now, there's no discussion, no reasoning and no compromise going on."
Rajkovich accuses Michigan House Republicans of shutting out Democrats in Lansing, which he says has eliminated the possibility of an exchange of ideas.
Hear both the full Nesbitt and Rajkovich interviews from The Lori Moore Show by clicking here. Also, hear full coverage of election results starting at 7pm Tuesday on AM 590, FM 96.5 WKZO and by clicking the yellow "listen live" button on the main page at WKZO.com.