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Standing outside of United States Representative Bill Huizenga’s office in Grandville, Democrat and congressional candidate Rob Davidson publicly challenged Rep. Huizenga to a series of debates before the midterm election in November.

“We’re offering seven debates throughout West Michigan over the next 10 weeks," Davidson said. "So I am delivering a letter to him, with a self-addressed stamped envelope, with the dates and the locations of the debates so we are going to go in right now.”

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer has announced that her running mate is Garlin Gilchrist II, who runs the University of Michigan's Center for Social Media Responsibility. She said Monday that Gilchrist has a proven background in technology and community organizing, and is the "kind of young, innovative and progressive problem-solver" needed to help move Michigan forward.

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Michigan Republican governor candidate Bill Schuette has selected former state Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons as his running mate.

Lyons joined the current state attorney general Wednesday morning at a campaign event in Grand Rapids. That's near her home in the Kent County community of Alto and where she works as county clerk.

She served in the state Legislature from 2011-16. She's the daughter of Dick Posthumus, Gov. Rick Snyder's chief of staff and lieutenant governor for former Gov. John Engler.

Michigan State House candidate jailed on election day

Aug 14, 2018
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A Republican state House candidate and demolition company owner found himself jailed on primary election day on a pollution complaint. Holton Township Supervisor Alan Jager was booked Tuesday and released that day after posting bond. He's accused of failing to contain asbestos at a demolition site in western Michigan's Muskegon. 

United States Vice President Mike Pence spoke to an enthusiastic crowd in Grand Rapids, Michigan last night. As part of a 'GOP Unity' rally after Tuesday's primary, Pence said he was proud to support gubernatorial nominee Bill Schuette, and United States Senate hopeful John James. The Vice President encouraged the crowd to vote for Republican leaders on all levels in the state. 

An estimated 2 million people voted in yesterday’s primary election. Election officials say that turnout hasn’t been matched since at least the 1978.

High turnout could a signal boost in attendance for the general election in November – fewer people tend to vote in primaries than in general elections.

Fred Woodhams is a spokesperson for the Michigan Secretary of State. He says the number of contested primaries – including for governor – played a roll in getting people to the polls.

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A newcomer to politics, Lynn Afendoulis won the Republican primary in Michigan’s 73rd House district. That’s where she defeated three other party candidates. She beat her closest challenger by 25-percent of the vote.

‘I think that I didn’t know what I didn’t know when I got into this and I think I’m a little more…a little more aware and prepared for what’s ahead of me,' Afendoulis said. "This experience has been a really good one and we will take what we need to into the general and hope bring a victory home then as well.”

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Along the lakeshore in Muskegon’s 91st House District both Republicans and Democrats held primaries. Greg VanWoerkom who served as U.S. Congressman Bill Huizenga’s District Director won a decisive victory over Republican challenger Alan Jager. This is VanWoerkom’s first time running for political office.

“I think the results showed that my message is resounding with folks talking about Muskegon’s comeback and Michigan’s comeback and building on the policies that have gotten us here rather than going in reverse.”

Jon Bumstead holds off Holly Hughes for 34th State Senate primary win

Aug 8, 2018

  

Voters in Muskegon, Newaygo and Oceana County turned out for the state Senate race in the 34th district featuring Democrat and Republican primaries. 

Republican Jon Bumstead pulled out the win in a close race with Holly Hughes. Bumsted says his message of fighting for quality jobs, reducing taxes and pay down the state’s debts resonates with voters. 

Sias-Hernandez beats former house representative in 34th State Senate primary

Aug 8, 2018
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Voters in Muskegon, Newaygo and Oceana County turned out for the state Senate race in the 34th district featuring Democrat and Republican primaries. Political newcomer Poppy Sias-Hernandez (D)  defeated Colleen Lamonte (D) with a 54 to 46 percent victory.

Sias-Hernandez says she’s uniquely prepared with a diverse background in public health, public education and non-profit and governmental sectors.

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