Countdown to primary filing deadline

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The primary election in Decision 2014 isn’t until Aug. 5, but the deadline to file for that election is next week.

This year’s election cycle will decide 148 races for positions in the state House of Representatives and Senate. The vast majority of those seats have incumbents running. Some face potentially formidable challenges in November.

In other cases, open seats are setting up some big primary battles. There are nine open seats in the 22 House districts in West Michigan.

The open seats in the  58th, 59th, 62nd, 63rd, 80th and 90th districts are due to term limits.

Watch above as Political Reporter Rick Albin discusses the open seats in the 60th, 61st and 73rd districts.

There are three open Senate seats in West and southwest Michigan: Two in Kent and Kalamazoo counties and one in Branch County, where incumbent Bruce Caswelll has decided not to run for re-election.

Those open seats will make for some good August primary campaigns, and the potential for good primary races.

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