WATERVLIET — Incumbent 79th District state House Rep. Pauline Wendzel declared victory late Tuesday night over Republican challenger Jacquie Gnodtke-Blackwell in a lopsided primary contest.

“I want to thank my family, my team, and the thousands of Berrien County residents who put their continued faith in me to serve our community,” Wendzel said in her statement declaring victory. “This primary was a good warm-up for the general election. I’ll always be a strong voice for Southwest Michigan, I have the best supporters, and I won’t be outworked.”

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