(WZZM) - One of the most controversial races in West Michigan was for the 76th District House of Representatives. Democratic candidate Winnie Brinks was declared the winner shortly before 11 p.m. Tuesday.
Earlier this year Republican Representative Roy Schmidt was accused of an election-rigging scheme. An investigation found Schmidt didn't do anything illegal, but many supporters say what he did wasn't ethical. After winning the primary election in August, Schmidt vowed to gain back the trust of voters.
Democratic candidate Winnie Brinks, a stay at home mom who has experience running a non-profit, says she won this election in part due to phone calls and knocking on doors and cramming an entire campaign year into just four months.
Brinks says she wants to focus on education when she gets to Lansing and she looks forward to the work ahead.
Other 76th District candidates include:
Write in Candidate Bing Goei
William Mohr - U. S. Taxpayers Party
Keith Allard - Independent
To see the most up to date results of the 76th District race including votes for all the candidates click here.