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A past chair of the Antrim Republican Party, Rep. Cole was first elected to the Michigan House in 2014 after defeating two other Republicans in the primary election. In the general election he defeated Democrat Jay Calo 63 to 37 percent. In 2010, he narrowly lost the Republican Party primary in the 105th District by 428 votes to Greg MacMaster.
Rep. Cole followed his passion for the outdoors from an early age, becoming an experienced hunting guide while a teen and spending 15 years in the hunting and guiding industry. In 2000, he and his wife started a family farm from scratch and became a small-business owner whose farm provides fruits, vegetables, and shiitake mushrooms for local direct market sales. When not working the land, Triston was a semi-truck driver and agricultural teacher.
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Representative Cole, his wife, Stacy, and their three daughtersl Ruby, 6; May, 10; and Etta, 12; live in Antrim County on their farm.
Triston served as president of the Antrim County Farm Bureau for 12 years, two years on the Michigan Farm Bureau\’s State Policy Development Committee and Antrim County Republican Party chairman. He has nearly 20 years of executive experience as a member of many diverse boards and committees at the local, regional, and state level.
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