In a highly contested race with four opponents vying for a chance to win the 51st District seat in Michigan House of Representatives, Fenton Township resident Mike Mueller came out on top in the Republican side of the primary election.

“I was happy about it. It was a good feeling. I’ve been going door-to-door since February and it’s been a lot of work. When you’re juggling a campaign, a full-time job, family, and business with the orchard and the wedding venue, it’s a lot,” he said.

Mueller received 60 percent of the votes with 7,714 ballots marking his name. He received much of his support from the townships of Argentine, Fenton and Atlas, and the city of Linden.

His Republican opponent Drew Shapiro garnered 2,134 votes.

He said he was happy to receive so much support from his family and friends.

“I couldn’t have done it without them,” he said, adding that the numbers surprised him. “I thought I was doing OK, but I didn’t expect it to be the way it ended up. I’d just like to thank everyone, my family and friends, and the people who voted for me.”

His campaign strategy isn’t going to change going into November when he goes up against Democrat David Lossing in the polls for the 51st District seat in the Michigan House of Representatives. He said he hopes to keep the momentum going into the general election.

Lossing, former Linden mayor, ran unopposed in the Democratic primary and received 8,1990 votes.

Votes by local municipalities

Fenton City

Mike Mueller: 718

Drew Shapiro: 329

Matthew D. Anderton: 41

Ian Shetron: 63

Fenton Township

Mike Mueller: 1,672

Drew Shapiro: 485

Matthew D. Anderton: 79

Ian Shetron: 154

Linden City

Mike Mueller: 473

Drew Shapiro: 93

Matthew D. Anderton: 26

Ian Shetron: 30

Argentine Township

Mike Mueller: 715

Drew Shapiro: 117

Matthew D. Anderton: 40

Ian Shetron: 23

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