Report: Storey has most money in 80th District race

Republican 80th House District candidates debate in Fennville. From left to right: James Siver, Bill Sage, Cindy Gamrat, Mary Whiteford, Jim Storey, Eric DeWitt and Kevin Travis. (Oct. 13, 2015)

LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — Neither of the two Republicans attempting to win back their seats in the Michigan House of Representatives have raised more than $2,000 for their campaigns, the Detroit Free Press is reporting.

Citing financial reports filed ahead of the special election primary, the Free Press says Cindy Gamrat, who is trying to earn back the 80th District seat from which she was expelled in September, has raised about $1,960. Todd Courser, who resigned from the 82nd District seat rather than be expelled, has raised about $1,030.

Reps. Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat testify before a House select committee formed to assess their fitness for office in Lansing on Sept. 8 and 9, 2015.
(Courser and Gamrat testify before a House select committee formed to assess their fitness for office in Lansing on Sept. 8 and 9, 2015.)

The expulsion and resignation happened after the two freshman Republicans admitted to misconduct and misuse of public resources in a bizarre attempt to cover up their extramarital affair. Both soon filed to run for their old seats.

In addition to Gamrat, six other Republicans and one Democrat are seeking the 80th District seat.

The Free Press reports that Jim Storey, an Allegan County commissioner, has raised $23,535. Fellow Republican candidate Mary Whiteford has raised $12,200. None of the other candidates have raised more than $1,000.

The special election primary will be held on Nov. 3 and the general election on March 8.

The 80th District covers most of Allegan County, with the exception of its northeast corner.

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