Twins from dif­fer­ent par­ties get dif­fer­ent elec­tion out­comes

Medicine Hat News - - LIFESTYLES -

KENT­WOOD, Mich. Twin sis­ters who rep­re­sented dif­fer­ent par­ties when they ran for seats on the same western Michi­gan county board will not be work­ing side-by-side.

Mon­ica Sparks, a Demo­crat, and her Repub­li­can sis­ter, Jes­sica Ann Tyson, each won their party’s nom­i­na­tion for the Kent County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers in Au­gust dur­ing the Michi­gan pri­mary elec­tion.

They ran in dif­fer­ent Grand Rapids-area dis­tricts for the seats. Un­of­fi­cial re­sults show Sparks was the top vote-get­ter Tues­day for her seat, while Tyson fin­ished sec­ond in her dis­trict. That means Sparks will serve on the board while her sis­ter won’t.

Sparks has said she de­cided to run for of­fice when her sis­ter de­clared her can­di­dacy. They’ve said they were adopted into a fam­ily that taught them to pay at­ten­tion to govern­ment and pub­lic af­fairs.

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