A Republican primary for the state’s new 17th Senate District


A conservative battle is slated for the Republican primary for the state senate in the new 17th district. Holder Kim LaSata, 58, of St. Joseph, will face former Green Beret Jonathan Lindsey, 37, of Bronson.

The district stretches along part of Michigan’s southern border. It includes all of Branch, Cass and St. Joseph counties and parts of Berrien, Calhoun, Hillsdale and Jackson counties.

LaSata has served in the Michigan Senate in the 21st District since 2019 after serving a two-year term in the Michigan House. A staunch supporter of banning abortions, LaSata served as Majority Vice Chairman of the Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Management appointed her to the Economic Development and Small Business Committee, Energy and Technology Committee, Health and Human Services Policy, and Insurance and Banking Committee.

LaSata received a degree in education and a master’s degree in literacy studies from Western Michigan University.

Lindsey attended Yale University, earning a degree in political science. He spent time in the US Army Special Forces and worked around the world as an executive in the private sector.

The Bronson High School graduate is the son of St. Joseph County Highway Commission Director John Lindsey.

Michigan’s economy and the return to a constitutional form of limited government are priorities for Lindsey.

The winner of the August primary will face Coldwater Democratic resident Scott Starr, 48. Starr had also qualified for the home race in District 35, but withdrew for the Senate race when Hillsdale’s Andrew Watkins also qualified as a Democrat.

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