The Run for District 103 House Seat Heats Up
Coffia announces candidacy
By Lynda Wheatley | Jan. 14, 2022
Grand Traverse County Commissioner Betsy Coffia announced last week she will run this year for the newly redrawn House District 103 in Michigan, which covers the northern parts of Grand Traverse and Benzie counties and all of Leelanau County. Coffia, a Democrat, could face Republican challengers Kim Morley of Roscommon or Mark McFarlin, a licensed private investigator with the Central Bureau of Investigation, both of whom have announced their intention to run and registered with a federal or state campaign finance agency.
Although no official announcement has been made, Republican Jack O'Malley has indicated he will run for the same seat. John Roth, who represents (current) District 104, has indicated he will move and run in the newly created District 104 to the southeast.
The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission approved new political maps in December that split Grand Traverse County into two House districts, the 104 and the 103. District 103 is now considered a nearly fifty-fifty red-blue split, with a slight Democratic advantage.