Betsy Coffia

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Betsy Coffia
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Candidate for
Michigan House of Representatives District 104
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sNorthwestern Michigan College
Campaign website
Betsy Coffia was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 104 of the Michigan House of Representatives.[1]


Campaign themes


Coffia's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

Representing YOU

  • Excerpt: "I am the only local 104th candidate who isn’t accepting PAC money or out-of-state donations. This keeps me accountable to the voters rather than special interests."

Jobs & Business

  • Excerpt: "We need a vibrant local and regional economy that offers living wage jobs to our community. This area is already an attractive place to live, and I believe we must work to enhance the desirability of Grand Traverse County through place-making."


  • Excerpt: "One of my top legislative goals will be pushing for equal funding for all our students. Our children in TCAPS and Kingsley schools receive the lowest per pupil funding allotted by the state; we cannot allow this to continue."


  • Excerpt: "Access to affordable healthcare is a human right. It is past time this nation finds a way to join other developed nations in providing it for our citizens. I embrace efforts to help Grand Traverse County residents get fair and equal access to healthcare, and to adopt a healthy lifestyle in general. "


  • Excerpt: "A huge part of our economy in Grand Traverse County is tourism. Anything that has the potential to poison or damage our water, our bays, lakes, rivers and streams should be responsibly researched and regulated."



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. Betsy Coffia defeated Penny Larcom in the Democratic primary. Eight candidates ran in the Republican primary; Larry Inman won, with Robert Hentschel and Isaiah Wunsch finishing second and third, respectively. Inman then defeated Coffia in the general election.[3][1][4][5]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 104 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBetsy Coffia 82.5% 3,139
Penny Larcom 17.5% 667
Total Votes 3,806
Michigan House of Representatives, District 104 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLarry Inman 21.2% 2,430
Robert Hentschel 20% 2,298
Isaiah Wunsch 19.2% 2,205
Jamie Callahan 14% 1,606
Beau Vore 11% 1,265
Karen Renny 9.7% 1,112
Ken Hinton 2.5% 288
Matt Lundy 2.4% 280
Total Votes 11,484


See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012

Coffiaran in the 2012 election for Michigan House of Representatives District 104. She defeated Joseph Sloan in the August 7 Democratic primary and was defeated by incumbent Wayne Schmidt (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 104, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngWayne Schmidt Incumbent 56.5% 26,042
     Democratic Betsy Coffia 43.5% 20,049
Total Votes 46,091

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