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Republican Rob VerHeulen of Walker won the majority of the vote in Michigan’s 74th House District. The incumbent won 65 percent of the vote. Democratic challenger, Robin Bigger won 31 percent. VerHeulen tells us he’ll maintain the course allowing businesses and individuals to flourish across the state.

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In Allegan County, incumbent Republican Mary Whiteford handily defeated Democrat John Andrysiak with 67 percent of the vote. Whiteford won a Special Election win earlier this year filling the rest of Cindy Gamrat’s term expiring at the end of this year.

“From day one I had to be boots on the ground representing my district and do the job that I was first elected to do. So, I’m just so relieved and honored that I was re-elected so that I can serve an entire term of two years and just keep working hard.”

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Republican Rep. Roger Victory has won his third term serving Michigan’s 88th House District. The Hudsonville resident won with three quarters of the vote defeating Democratic challenger Kim Nagy 75 to 25 percent.

Victory tells us he has more work to do in Lansing.

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A popular candidate for a local office in western Michigan will remain on the ballot despite her death.

Sherry Yonkers was among six candidates to advance to the Nov. 8 election for Fruitport Township trustee. Four will get seats on the township board.

The 69-year-old Yonkers died Tuesday, weeks after finishing second in the August primary.

Township Clerk Carol Hulka tells The Muskegon Chronicle that ballots with her name already have been prepared.

Hulka says workers on election day can't tell voters that Yonkers is dead.

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THE ISSUE: 

Pariah state North Korea could soon be capable of targeting America with nuclear weapons. Economic sanctions and diplomatic isolation have failed to halt its progress. What can the U.S. do to stop the authoritarian government from building up a nuclear arsenal that threatens the United States and its allies in Asia?

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THE ISSUE:

About 9 in 10 Americans now have health insurance, more than at any time in history. But progress is incomplete, and the future far from certain. Millions remain uninsured. Quality is still uneven. Costs are high and trending up again. Medicare's insolvency is two years closer, now projected in 2028. Every family has a stake.

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A transgender woman is running for township supervisor in a rural community north of Grand Rapids.

Gidget Groendyk was the first person to get on the ballot for the township supervisor race in Sparta.

The Grand Rapids Press reports that the ballot will note that Groendyk was formerly known as Scott Wade Langford.

Groendyk says she's running because she wants the township to enact a non-discrimination ordinance with protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents.

State board rejects recall petitions for Snyder, senators

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People attempting longshot efforts to recall Gov. Rick Snyder and two lawmakers from office will have to try again with state election officials.

The Board of State Canvassers on Tuesday rejected recall petitions for the Republican governor, Republican Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof and Republican Sen. Wayne Schmidt of Traverse City, ruling the petitions did not factually and clearly state reasons to recall the elected officials.

Detroit resident Angelo Brown is trying to remove Snyder over his administration's handling of Flint's drinking water crisis.

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State lawmakers could make big changes to voting laws before the end of the year.

A state House panel on Wednesday approved no-reason absentee voting in Michigan.

People would no longer need to meet criteria to mail in their ballots before Election Day.

Under House Bill 4724, they would still have to apply for their absentee ballots in person.

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In early August, State Representative Brandon Dillon announced he’d been elected chairman of the Michigan Democratic Party. His vacated seat will be filled during a primary election tomorrow. There are three 75th House District candidates running in Grand Rapids; one unopposed Republican and two Democrats.

Republican Blake Edmonds is a 23-year old who’s served as the youth Vice Chairman for the Michigan Republican Party. He’s also worked in the Michigan House in Constituent Relations.

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