Wed August 6, 2014
Primary Election Results
Michigan's primary election set the state for November, in many cases it virtually settled who will win the general election.
Republican Congressman Justin Amash captured 56% of the vote to fend off a primary challenge from businessman Brian Ellis in the district that includes Battle Creek and Grand Rapids. Ellis had support from groups like the Chamber of Commerce and Right to Life of Michigan. But Amash had support from groups like the Club for Growth. Amash will face Democrat Bob Goodrich in November.
Southwest Michigan Congressman Fred Upton easily defeated challenger Jim Bussler in the Republican primary. Upton, who is chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, will face Democrat Paul Clements in the fall.
Political consultant Jon Hoadley emerged from a field of three candidates to win the Democratic nomination for the 60th state House district. Hoadley, who has never held elected office, defeated Kalamazoo County Commissioner Dave Buskirk and Kalamazoo Township Trustee Pamela Brown Goodacre. Hoadley will Republican Mike Perrin in November. The seat is currently held by Democrat Sean McCann, who is running for state Senate.
Brandt Iden defeated fellow Kalamazoo County Commissioner Phil Stinchcomb for the Republican nomination in the 61st state House district, which includes Portage. Iden will face Democrat John Fischerv in November. Margaret O'Brien is not seeking re-election to the House seat, so she can run for state Senate.
Battle Creek City Commissioner Andy Helmboldt emerged from a field of three candidates to win the Democratic nomination in the 62nd state House district. He will face Dr. John Bizon who defeated Calhoun County Commissioner Art Kale to win the Republican nomination. The district which includes the city of Battle Creek is currently represented by Democrat Kate Segal, who cannot run again because of term limits.
Kalamazoo County Commission Chairman David Maturen won a narrow victory over Marshall School Board President Vic Potter for the Republican nomination in the 63rd state House District, which includes parts of Kalamazoo and Calhoun Counties. It's currently represented by state House Speaker Jase Bolger, who can't run again because of term limits. Maturen will face Democrat Bill Farmer in November.
Teacher Aaron Miller emerged from a field of four Republicans to win his party's nomination in the 59th state House primary. The seat is currently held by Republican Matt Lori. Miller will face Democrat Mike Moroz in the fall.
Registered nurse Cindy Gamrat won the Republican nomination in the 80th state House District. She was one of four Republicans running in the district that includes most of Allegan County. Current Representative Bob Genetski can't run for re-election because of term limits. Gamrat will face Democrat Geoff Parker in November.
Voters approved Proposal 1 which will end the state's Personal Property Tax on business equipment. It faced no organized opposition, but supporters feared that low turnout could spell trouble for the proposal.