LaFave takes 108th District seat

Published: Nov. 9, 2016 at 7:51 PM EST
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After Tuesday's election, the 108th District will have a new state representative. Republican Beau LaFave won over Democrat Scott Celello.

Once the polls closed in Dickinson County, the tallying to find out who of the two would be victorious began. LaFave and Celello, both from Iron Mountain, remained cautiously optimistic as they waited for results to come in at their respective election parties.

"All of a sudden, BAM! Eight o'clock is here, the polls are closed and now we just sit back and wait for the results," Dickinson County Sheriff Scott Celello said.

"We're up right now. It tends to be trending in the right direction, so…as long as the votes keep coming in the way that they have been, we might be able to call this thing soon," newly elected 108th District Representative Beau La Fave said.

The entire night, it appeared the two candidates were neck and neck, and the race could go either way. After results began trickling in, it was clear LaFave would easily win both Delta and Menominee Counties. A little before midnight, and before Dickinson County reported its final results, the outgoing sheriff conceded to the 24-year-old LaFave.

"One thing I could never be disappointed in is the effort, not only of myself, but the entire team," Celello said. "Two things, you know, I wanted to make sure when I got into this is that we did everything we could and run a clean campaign. I feel that we did both of these."

Celello would ultimately win Dickinson County with 6,660 votes to LaFave's 6,458 votes. At his election party, LaFave responded to his opponent's decision to concede the race.

"My opponent Scott was very gracious and called me and conceded the race," LaFave said. "There's still some votes to be counted but, mathematically…he wanted me to be able to get a ride down to Lansing and not have to be up until 6 a.m."

The early hours of Wednesday morning would see a young up and coming politician headed to Lansing and a sheriff who, for the time being, would retain his title.

In a written statement, Celello said, "I am disappointed the voters of the 108th House District did not choose me to be their next representative at the state Capitol." He went on to thank his campaign volunteers and staff, as well as the voters who did cast their vote for him and concluded with what his plans in the future will be, "Although I won't be going to Lansing, I will stay active and will do all I can to help the families, seniors and children of our communities."