Michigan Glass Shop Owner Elected to State Legislature
December 2, 2010
Matt Huuki, a glass shop owner from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, recently was elected state representative for Michigan’s 110th District. Together with his wife, Janell, Huuki owns Matt’s Auto Glass and Body Repair in Atlantic Mine, Mich.,
Huuki says he has been involved in local politics for several years, having made a prior run for county commissioner, but the current state of the economy is what led him to run for a larger role.
“Obviously it had a lot to do with the economy here in Michigan right now, but we do have a lot of opportunities, and I’m seeing a lot of roadblocks being put in the way of using them, and I want to do my best to start opening those up,” says Huuki.
The first session in which Huuki will be actively involved begins January 1. He credits his employees with providing him the time to run and participate in the legislative process.
“I have excellent employees,” he says, “and my wife being here at the office makes it possible, too.”
Huuki previously worked for Superior Auto Glass Center as a manager, prior to branching out on his own in 2001. He and his wife decided to add the collision repair part of the business in 2005.
Huuki, who has long been involved with the local Republican club in his town, won the race by a margin of 4,000 votes—16,031 to 12,814. With regard to issues particular to the auto glass industry, Huuki declined to comment specifically but referred vaguely to pressures in the industry.
“I’ve diversified and I think that’s something potentially that’s really saved me,” he says.
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