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In Grand Rapids 77th House District primaries were held for G.O.P. and Democratic candidates. Incumbent Republican Tommy Brann received more than 90-percent of the vote handily defeating challenger Jordan Oesch.  A small business owner, Brann says he’ll lower tax rates and increase law enforcement funding keeping neighborhoods safe.

For Democrats, in a more closely contest primary, the choice was Dana Knight over Robert Van Kirk.

"My ultimate goal is whatever I do and wherever I am, I’m doing it, you know, for a better world for everybody,” Knight said. 

In Michigan’s 3rd U.S. House district Democrat Cathy Albro defeated challenger Fred Wooden. The educator and small business owner defeated Wooden by a two to one margin. A newcomer to politics, Democrat Cathy Albro will face four term Republican incumbent congressman Justin Amash in November.

“Well, it’s just starting to sink in right now," Albro said shortly after winning. "I’m going to sleep on it tonight. I’m meeting with my team tomorrow and we’re going to hit the ground running. It’s a whole new ballgame now.”



In Ottawa County and Michigan’s 30th Senate District it was a four-way race between Republicans with political experience. It came down to Daniela Garcia and Roger Victory. He secured 42-percent of the vote to Garcia’s 26-percent.

Victory says staying on message with Ottawa County voters made the difference.

Luke Meerman wins 88th state house Republican primary

Aug 8, 2018

Four Republicans battled in Michigan’s 88th House district primary. The winner is Luke Meerman earning 63-percent of the vote. His message is Faith, Family & Freedom. Meerman is pro-life, supports locally controlled government and religious freedom. He’s been serving as Polkton Township trustee. Now, it’s on to the state House general election.

“Oh, just completely floored, just grateful," Meerman said. "Winning by that margin is…just grateful to the voters. It really means a lot to me, very thankful.”

Meerman will now face Democrat Heidi Zuniga.

The results are in after Tuesday’s primary, and as projected, former legislative leader Gretchen Whitmer won the Democrats' nomination while state Attorney General Bill Schuette won the Republican nomination.

Schuette received congratulatory calls from President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence after he defeated Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, conservative state Sen. Patrick Colbeck and Dr. Jim Hines, an obstetrician-gynecologist.

Decision 2018: Can grassroots efforts pull an upset?

Aug 6, 2018

The mid-term election primary is Tuesday, and in addition to a wide range of local county races and proposals, Michigan voters will consider candidates running for governor, United States Congress and the state legislature. With so many seats including governor up for grabs due to term-limits, the Kent County Clerk’s office is hoping many who don’t normally vote in a primary will turn out and take part in the democratic process.

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WGVU’s Decision 2018 continues the countdown to the August 7th primary profiling the gubernatorial candidates. WGVU asks Democrat Gretchen Whitmer three questions.

Q: What is your plan for expanding the state’s economy?

A: “The first thing we’ve got to do is invest in ourselves. We’ve got to invest in infrastructure and jobs skills. That means better education for our kids and ensuring everyone has a path to a high wage skill.”

Q: What is your plan for improving the state’s educational outcomes?

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WGVU’s Decision 2018 continues the countdown to the August 7th primary profiling the gubernatorial candidates. WGVU asks Democrat Dr. Abdul El-Sayed three questions.

Q: What is your plan for expanding the state’s economy?

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WGVU’s Decision 2018 continues its profiling of candidates. Today, WGVU talks with the two Democrats running for Congress in Michigan’s 3rd U.S. House District.

Democrat Cathy Albro is an educator and small business owner. She’s the founder of Grand Rapids’ Creative Learning Center focused on high-quality child care. When it comes to policymaking she believes in government transparency and civility.

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Greg VanWoerkom is the District Director for US Congressman Bill Huizenga and previously served as the senior policy advisor to U.S. Representative Pete Hoekstra. VanWoerkom serves on the board of the United Way of the Lakeshore and is Board President for Western Michigan Christian High and Middle School.