Wendzel Wins 79th State House Seat

Pauline Wendzel is headed to the state House. The Watervliet native defeated Democrat Joey Adams in the race to succeed state Senator-elect Kim LaSata on Tuesday and spoke to WSJM News after declaring victory. Wendzel says auto insurance reform will be her top priority in Lansing after hearing that throughout the district as she went door-to-door over the last several months.

“People were shaking bills at me in the doorway and saying ‘are you going to do something about this?’ I get it,” says Wendzel. “People’s insurance in some cases is more than they’re paying for their car, which is outrageous.”

As for what prompted her to run, she says it was because she “was sick and tired of nobody stepping up to make a change for my generation. I thought somebody’s got to do this, so why not me? It’s a great time in my life, I’ve got a lot of energy, I’m not married, I have no kids, I have a lot of time, and I’m from the area; five generations.”