Curt VanderWall, Dan Scripps Battle To Win Michigan’s 101st District House Seat

Being decided by voters right now are all 110 Michigan House seats.

Voters all over the state are deciding who will fill the 110 seats in Lansing.

A change of majority here would disrupt the trifecta the Republicans have in Michigan.

Right now, the party has control of the House, Senate and governor’s office.

One of those races is the 101st House District, a seat currently held by Republican Ray Franz.

Democratic nominee Dan Scripps once filled this seat from 2009 to 2011.

Voters will decide between him and Republican Curt VanderWall.

The result of the 101st District race for the state House is a choice that could impact the entire state.

Two Northern Michigan candidates, each looking to bring the voices of the people to Lansing.

"This is a big election, and we want to make sure who is eligible to vote gets out and does that," says Dan Scripps.

A big election for more than one reason.

Democratic candidate for state representative Dan Scripps and Republican Curt VanderWall are each vying for the seat held by Republican Ray Ranz.

Curt VanderWall says, "We’re feeling very excited. It’s been a great experience so far."

VanderWall says his business experience in Ludington can help him help small businesses.

"If we can provide those opportunities to each and every small business and each and every farmer to add one staff member, what that would do to the employment in this district," says VanderWall.

His other focus is bringing more trade job opportunities and protecting the Great Lakes. It’s something opponent Dan Scripps agrees with, to a point.

"One of the big issues and one of the big differences is on the Line 5 pipeline," says Scripps. "I think there is a need for them in a lot of places but a 63-year-old pipeline running through the Straits of Mackinac, especially given Enbridge’s track record, I just don’t think that’s a risk we should be taking anymore," says Scripps.

Scripps also says he will work for sustainable energy with new technology, help get schools funding and create good jobs.

"People have this day circled and it’s a day that a lot of people are looking forward to, either to get this campaign done or to go out and vote," says Scripps.

This would be a return to the state House for Dan Scripps.

Curt VanderWall is currently the chair of the Mason County Board of Commissioners.