Election 101: US Congress, Michigan legislature

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — This November’s election — 244 days away — will be a big one with big implications.

The deadline to file to run for a seat is April 22. The primary election, now five months away, will narrow down both parties’ candidate field.

The U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Carl Levin will be a hotly contested battle. Rep. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Township) and former secretary of state Terri Lynn Land, a Republican, are currently the main contenders.

Each seat of the U.S. House  of Representatives will be up for election this November.

There could be a spirited August primary in the Third Congressional District, where incumbent Rep. Justin Amash will go up against fellow Republican Brian Ellis — and there may be other challengers.

Similarly, all Michigan House and Senate seats will be up for grabs.

The State House 73rd District race already has several candidates, but no incumbent. The representative that currently holds the seat – Rep. Peter MacGregor (R-Rockford) – is running for the 28th District State Senate seat, instead.

That seat is being vacated by Sen. Mark Jansen (R-Grand Rapids), who has reached his term limit.

In some cases, expect good primary battles. In others, the general election may be more disputed.

Michigan voters will also cast their ballots for governor, secretary of state and attorney general, as well as judgeships and proposals.

It will be a busy election cycle, and 24 Hour News 8 will be here to bring you the most comprehensive coverage of Decision 2014.

==Sunday at 10 a.m. on WOOD TV8: Democratic candidate for governor Mark Schauer will be Political Reporter Rick Albin’s guest on “To The Point.”==

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