It turns out you can win an election mainly with your ideals, a primary election anyway. This week Betsy Coffia easily won the Democratic primary in the 104th State House District. She'll run against incumbent Wayne Schmidt in the fall who wants to represent Grand Traverse County for a third term.
Betsy mainly ran a low-budget social media campaign. She says our system of governance has been destroyed by money. Her opponent didn't raise much money either, but Joseph Sloan did seek the kind of allies you might expect in a Democratic primary. He had endorsements from groups such as the UAW and Planned Parenthood. But the insurgent message prevailed on Tuesday with more than 60 percent of the vote.