SAUGATUCK, MI (WHTC) - If Bob Genetski wants to stay in Lansing past the end of the year, it won’t be as a member of the State Senate.
The term-limited Republican House Representative from Saugatuck announced today his intention not to run for the redrawn 26th District seat that is technically open, citing in an email to supporters that he came to that decision after numerous consultations with family members and staffers because “the timing of this year’s election does not work for me and my family.”
However, with Lawton incumbent Senator Tonya Schiutmaker already deciding to seek reelection in the new territory, Genetski may have seen the political handwriting on the wall and is expected to seek other alternatives for the next four years until she is term limited out of office. Opponents may have also used Genetski’s drunken driving conviction in East Lansing two years ago as campaign fodder should he had decided to make a run for the Senate in 2014.
Rick Jones of Grand Ledge currently serves Allegan County in the Upper Chamber, but the Lakeshore is being redrawn out of his district due to the 2010 census.