Decision 2014: Let the races begin

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The filing deadline for candidates to run for everything from Michigan governor to state House has come and gone, and Decision 2014 is shaping up to be a busy one.

In what is not a surprise but still somewhat unusual, there is no primary race for either the Republican or Democrat running for governor.

The same is true for candidates for the United States Senate.

That means that Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and Democrat Mark Schauer are assured a November matchup with no race in August.

Likewise, Democratic Congressman Gary Peters and Republican Terri Lynn Land can also focus on the fall contest.

In both the race for governor and Senate, other parties will nominate candidates at their respective conventions.

There will, however, be some primary activity for the United States House races.

There are Republican-on-Republican races in the Third, Fourth, Sixth and Seventh districts to determine who will move on to the November ballot.

And in the battle for control of the state Senate, there are some interesting primaries.

In Kalamazoo County, the 20th District features a three-way Republican primary to see who will face Democrat Sen. Sean McCann and any other contenders in November.

In Kent County, the 28th District seat, which is being vacated due to term limits, also has three Republicans running to get on the fall ballot.

Two Democrats will face off in the 29th District, which is also in Kent County, for the right to take on Republican Sen. Dave Hildenbrand in November.

In the 34th District, incumbent Sen. Goeff Hansen faces a primary challenge as well.

For the state House, there are even more primaries, and 24 Hour News 8 will be examining all of them leading up to the November election with comprehensive coverage of Decision 2014.

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