Mark Lightfoot

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Mark Lightfoot
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Former candidate for
Michigan House of Representatives, District 97
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Associate'sDelta College
ProfessionBusiness owner
Retired firefighter
Campaign website
Mark Lightfoot was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 97 of the Michigan House of Representatives.[1][2]


Campaign themes


Lightfoot's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

I will fight for Mid-Michigan by working to:

Eliminate the new tax on retirement income and fully restore the Earned Income Tax Credit and the $600 per-child deduction. The recent shift of giving tax breaks to corporations at the expense of seniors and the middle class has gone on too long. I will fight for tax relief in Lansing.

Create and protect good jobs by reducing the taxes and regulations that hurt our small businesses. As a longtime small-business owner, I know what small businesses need to grow and succeed. I’ll support our homegrown entrepreneurs – including our vital agriculture industry – and help make Michigan attractive to new businesses and emerging industries.

Restore education funding to ensure our kids receive the best possible education and leave school prepared for the best-paying jobs of the future.[3][4]



See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Michigan House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 5, 2014, and a general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 22, 2014. Mark Lightfoot was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Joel Johnson was unopposed in the Republican primary. Johnson defeated Lightfoot in the general election.[5][6][1][2]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 97 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJoel Johnson Incumbent 63.1% 16,570
     Democratic Mark Lightfoot 36.9% 9,688
Total Votes 26,258


See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2010

Lightfoot ran for election to the District 97 seat in 2010. He defeated Tim Barnum and Jason Liptow in the August 3 Democratic primary. He was defeated by Joel Johnson (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[7]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 97 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Joel Johnson (R) 16,818
Mark Lightfoot (D) 10,657
Brandon Dickhausen (L) 1,392



In 2014, Lightfoot's endorsements included the following:[8]

  • Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union
  • Fraternal Order Of Police
  • Michigan Association of Police Organizations
  • Greater Bay Area Central Labor Council
  • Michigan Townships Association
  • Michigan Public Transit Association
  • County Road Association of Michigan
  • Police Officers Association of Michigan
  • Michigan Nurses Association
  • UAW
  • Auto Dealers of Michigan
  • American Federation of Teachers, Michigan
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
  • Operating Engineers
  • Michigan Licensed Beverage Association
  • Michigan Resturant Association
  • United Food and Commercial Workers

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