Bay City, Michigan 48706
Front Page Photo of the Day Log-IN About us
www.mybaycity.com November 19, 2006
(Prior Story)   Government ArTicle 1364   (Next Story)


Jubilance shows on the faces of Mary Valentine, center, her mother, Phyllis Hostetler, 90, and sister, Margaret Hostetler, after the vote count showed she upset a two-term Republican. (Photo by Katy Bryant)

Mrs. Valentine Goes to Lansing, and Joins the Blue Tiger Democrats

Central High Grad Wins State Representative Seat On First Try at Age 59

November 19, 2006       Leave a Comment
By: Dave Rogers

Printer Friendly Story View

Remember the movie "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" when political neophyte Jimmy Stewart wins a seat in the U.S. Senate and brings his country-boy attitudes to the nation's capitol.

Well, that kind of story has developed right here in Michigan as the Democrats swept state as well as national races.

Mary Hostetler Valentine, Flint native, daughter of a former Bay City Times police reporter and 1965 Central High graduate, has a new career at age 59.

Recently retired as a speech therapist from the Reeths-Puffer Schools, near Muskegon, she is a brand new state representative, having won her first campaign for political office.

After the election she told the Muskegon Chronicle she sensed the public was ready for a change and sought the challenge of serving in the state House.

Not only did she win the race, she upset a two-term Republican from a well-known political family, David Farhat, who was slated to become chair of the House Appropriations Committee. Mrs. Valentine earned a 20,494 to 16,148 victory over Rep. Farhat in the 91st state House district and helped the Democrats take control of the state House.

And now, in the wake of the victory, Michigan has become the first state to adopt principles of the "Blue Tiger Democrats."

The Blue Tigers aim for civic engagement, campaign finance reform and greater accountability and transparency in government, according to Mark Brewer, state chair of the Democrats.



--- Advertisements ---
     



Farhat, a former developer from Fruitport Township, was seeking his third term in the 91st district, comprised of the cities of Norton Shores, Roosevelt Park, Whitehall and Montague, other township areas in Muskegon County and Chester Township in Ottawa County.

"It's just a combination of things," Valentine told the Chronicle. I think people are ready for change, a fresh face in Lansing. I think they appreciated me going to their doors and listening to them. I think all those things helped."

Rep. Mary Valentine, who lives in Norton Shores, a suburb of Muskegon, comes from a family of five. She is a graduate of Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant. Her sister, Margaret, lives in Ann Arbor, and her cousin, Katy Bryant, of Bay City, is also a speech therapist, recently retired from the Bay City Public Schools.

Just like Mr. Smith in Washington in the movie, Mary Valentine will hit Lansing with a fresh breeze. Many observers hope that what she and the Blue Tigers bring is not a repeat of the old ways of doing politics.###

Printer Friendly Story View
Prior Article

May 20, 2019
by: Rachel Reh
Jolt Credit Union is BACC Hot Spot for 5/20/2019
Next Article

May 14, 2019
by: Stephen Kent
Rotary Hears Update on Bay Veterans Foundation
Agree? or Disagree?


Dave Rogers

Dave Rogers is a former editorial writer for the Bay City Times and a widely read,
respected journalist/writer in and around Bay City.
(Contact Dave Via Email at carraroe@aol.com)

More from Dave Rogers

Send This Story to a Friend!       Letter to the editor       Link to this Story
Printer-Friendly Story View


--- Advertisments ---
     


0200 Nd: 05-16-2019 d 4 cpr 0





SPONSORED LINKS

LOCAL LINKS
(Ads not affiliated with Google)




Ads By MyBayCity.com
Historical Press - By Dave Rogers
Purchase Your Copy Today!
http://www.amazon.com/D.Laurence-Rogers/e/B001KCA8ZY/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

Ads By MyBayCity.com
Bay Area Chamber of Commerce
Click Here to Visit Our Site!
Improving The Economic Climate, Business Environment & Quality of Living Throughout The Bay Area

Ads By MyBayCity.com
Historical Press - By Dave Rogers
Purchase Your Copy Today!
http://www.amazon.com/D.Laurence-Rogers/e/B001KCA8ZY/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1





Designed at OJ Advertising, Inc. (V3) (v3) Software by Mid-Michigan Computer Consultants
Bay City, Michigan USA
All Photographs and Content Copyright © 1998 - 2019 by OJA/MMCC. They may be used by permission only.
P3V3-0200 (1) 0   ID:Default   UserID:Default   Type:reader   R:x   PubID:mbC   NewspaperID:noPaperID
  pid:1560   pd:11-18-2012   nd:2019-05-16   ax:2019-05-20   Site:5   ArticleID:1364   MaxA: 999999   MaxAA: 999999
CCBot/2.0 (https://commoncrawl.org/faq/)