Michigan 2022 Primary Election - See results here
LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Michigan decided who will represent their party in the November election Tuesday, as well as a number of ballot measures affecting communities across Mid-Michigan.
See what Michigan voted for on our election results page.
Here’s a look at some of the top issues decided.
Who will run against Gov. Whitmer? - Tudor Dixon
Among the biggest items on the ballot Tuesday: Who Republicans will pick to run against incumbent Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
The gubernatorial primary race was shook up when Michigan’s State Board of Canvassers disqualified several GOP candidates from ballot after it was discovered they did not have enough valid signatures to run.
The issue was raised when the Bureau of Elections said they noticed discrepancies in the signatures submitted by Donna Brandenburg, Michael Brown, James Craig, Perry Johnson and Michael Markey, which meant they didn’t meet the 15,000 valid signature threshold to be on the ballot. According to the Bureau, most of the fake signatures came from the same signature gatherers.
Following the ruling, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ron Weiser expressed frustration that the candidates would suffer consequences because of the potential fraud from a third party hired to collect signatures. However, five other candidates did collect the necessary signatures to run.
The Republicans who remained on the ballot were, Kevin Rinke, Ryan Kelley, Tudor Dixon, Garrett Soldano and pastor Ralph Rebandt.
The Associated Press called the Tudor Dixon the winner of the the Republican primary for governor Tuesday. The conservative commentator and first-time candidate received the endorsement of former President Donald Trump just before the Primary Election.
Dixon is a breast cancer survivor and has a background working in the steel and automotive manufacturing industries.
Slotkin and Barrett - Debate challenge
Elissa Slotkin (D) and Tom Barrett (R) are running to represent Michigan’s 7th congressional district in the US House. This one isn’t much of a nail-biter, since either party’s candidates are essentially running unopposed in the primary. However, Tuesday night may reflect on their odds in a new district when they meet in the November election.
The race came to pass due to changes in districts brought on by the US Census.
Slotkin is, technically, an incumbent, and faced no primary challenger on the Democrat side. However, Republican Tim Wallberg holds the seat currently. The odd situation results from Slotkin being the current Representative for Michigan’s 8th congressional district, but is running in District 7 because of redistricting brought on by the US Census.
Slotkin previously worked for the CIA and was the assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs from 2014 to 2017. She was one of 15 Democrats who did not vote for Nancy Pelosi (D) to become speaker for the 116th Congress.
Dan Kildee is running unopposed in the District 8 primary to replace Slotkin for the Democrats, while Paul Junge, Candice Miller and Mathew Seely are running on the GOP side.
For the GOP in District 7, Tom Barrett is the nominee. He currently represents District 24 and, like Slotkin, assumed the office in 2019. Barrett represented District 71 from 2015 to 2019, following a 22 year career in the Army.
Barrett started out with competition for the nomination in the form of Jacob Hagg, but Hagg was disqualified from the Republican primary. In the primary election to fill Barrett’s current seat, Theresa Fougnie is the sole candidate running for the Democrats, and Ruth Johnson is the same for Republicans.
Immediately following her nomination Slotkin challenged Barrett to two debates, one in Lansing and one in Detroit.
“I’m looking forward to making my case to the voters of the 7th District. Serving as mid-Michigan’s representative in Congress is the most important thing I’ve ever done, and the general election in November between me and Tom Barrett offers a stark contrast in both substance and style,” Slotkin wrote. “I look forward to making that contrast clear this fall. That’s why my team reached out to the Barrett campaign this evening to challenge him to two televised debates, one in each of the major media markets of the new district.”
Barrett accepted the challenge via social media post.
“Thank you for the honor of being the GOP nominee for Michigan’s 7th District,” he wrote. “I’m looking forward to debating Elissa Slotkin on the historic inflation, gas prices, illegal immigration, food prices, and recession she’s brought us in her short time in Congress.”
Lansing - North Cemetery land sale approved
City of Lansing voters decided to sell a small portion of North Cemetery, the oldest of Lansing’s three cemeteries.
Founded in 1852 as part of Delhi Township, the cemetery is home to some of the first Lansing families. The City of Lansing received ownership in 1960.
In 2003 an adjacent land owner donated a piece of land to the cemetery. It was supposed to be used for cremation burials, but that use was never realized and the land now collects trash and debris.
Over the years, other gravestones have fallen into disrepair and parts of them have been turned into traps for trash as well.
The city council proposed to sell the land to aid improvements. Brett Kaschinske, director for Parks and Recreation, said that would help North Cemetery.
On Tuesday, voters approved that sale. The city will now list the land and begin the process of reviewing offers.
Jackson County Commissioner - Alexander and Willis
The County Commissioner race in Jackson featured a few names that may be familiar to News 10 readers.
On the Democrat side, John Willis is running unopposed. He has worked for the City of Jackson for years, including most recently as the Chief Equity Officer for the Department of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
The Republican race will feature Caleb Blondke and Jeromy Alexander.
Alexander was previously county commissioner, appointed by Mayor Mahoney after running against him for the same seat. Mahoney was able to appoint the position because he himself was leaving it to take the job of mayor.
Alexander suffered a catastrophic accident in January of this year when his parachute failed to deploy properly while skydiving in Florida. He was severely injured, bound to a wheelchair while he recovered in the hospital. Yet just seven months later he is not only walking, but running for office.
Alexander was up against Caleb Blondke, a longtime activist in the community with a BA and MA in Ministerial Studies. Blondke has also been a substitute teacher, volunteer soccer coach at Jackson REC, a Jackson Choral member and is a certified MHSAA official.
Alexander won the Republican primary on Tuesday, ensuring he and Willis will run against each other in November’s election.
Clinton County - Investments in emergency services, schools and roads
Communities in Clinton County had millages on their ballots to fund school programs, emergency services and road infrastructure. These millages passed by a wide margin in towns throughout the county.
- Bath Township Police and Fire Millage - Passed
- Bengal Township Roads and Bridges Millage - Passed
- Bengal Township Dust Control Millage - Passed
- Bingham Township Fire and Emergency Services Millage - Passed
- Essex Township Roads Millage - Passed
- Lebanon Township Roads Millage - Passed
- Ovid Emergency Services Millage - Passed
- Victor Township Emergency Services Millage - Passed
See the complete list of what Michigan voted for on our election results page.
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