GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — There were a couple of upsets in primary races for county sheriffs following Tuesday’s election and voters also decided on a number of House primary races.
There were dozens of township and county races and issues on the ballot, but the big star was the primaries for the Michigan House of Representatives. All 110 seats of the House will be up for grabs in the Nov. 8 general election.
- In the 66th District in Van Buren and part of Kalamazoo County, Republican Beth Griffin will face Democrat Annie Brown in the general election. Current Rep. Aric Nesbitt is being term-limited out in that district.
- Rep. Rick Outman is being term-limited out of his 70th District seat, which covers Montcalm and part of Gratiot County. James Lower beat out six other Republicans in the primary and will face Democrat Ken Hart in the general election.
- In the 72nd District, which covers part of Kent and Allegan counties, Steven Johnson won the Republican primary and Steve Shoemaker the Democratic primary. The general election will decide which on of them will replace term-limited Rep. Ken Yonker.
- In the 76th District in Kent County, Casey O’Neill was chosen as the Republican who will face incumbent Rep. Winnie Brinks, a Democrat, the general election.
- In the 77th District in Kent County, local businessman Tommy Brann is the Republican who will face Democratic candidate Dana Knight.
- In the 80th District in Allegan County, Rep. Mary Whiteford — who was elected earlier this year to replace ousted House member Cindy Gamrat — successfully defended her seat against fellow Republican Abigail Nobel.
- In the 86th District, which covers portions of Kent and Ionia counties,Thomas Albert beat out four other Republicans in the primary and will face Democrat Lynn Mason in the general election. The winner will replace term-limited Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons.
- In the 89th District in Ottawa County, Republican Jim Lilly will face Democrat Tim Meyer in the general election. The winner will replace term-limited Rep. Amanda Price.
- In the 90th District in Ottawa County, Republican Daniela Garcia will face Democrat Mary Yedinak in the general election.
- In the 92nd District, which covers Muskegon and part of the lakeshore, Republican Marshall Davis will face Democrat Terry Sabo in the general election after they both beat out other candidates. The winner will replace term-limited Rep. Marcia Hovey-Wright.
- In the 100th District in Newaygo, Oceana and Lake counties, Democrat Sandy Clarke will face Republican Scott VanSingel in the general election after they both beat out other candidates. The winner will replace term-limited Rep. Jon Bumstead.
Other races of note:
The 77th District seat is currently held by Rep. Thomas Hooker, who has served his three terms in the House and can’t run again. But Hooker was on the ballot Tuesday. He was chosen as the Republican nominee to run for Byron Township supervisor, easily beating out incumbent Supervisor Audrey Nevins Weiss.
In the Republican primary for Montcalm County sheriff, Undersheriff Michael Williams beat Charlie Mahar — who was at the center of a legal battle regarding a Freedom of Information Act request for personnel records that ultimately revealed he had been disciplined for dealing with an extramarital affair while on the job — and Charles Noll, who is the undersheriff in the neighboring county of Ionia.
In the race for Muskegon County sheriff, current Sheriff Dean Roesler lost in the Democratic primary to challenger Michael Poulin, a retired captain of the sheriff’s office. Poulin will face Republican Dennis Luce, a sergeant in the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, in the general election.
In the race for Newaygo County sheriff, challenger Bob Mendham, the Grant and White Cloud police chief, beat current Sheriff Pat Hedlund in the Republican primary.
Voters approved new funding for the Muskegon District Library, saving many county library branches from closure. The millage request passed with 59 percent of the vote. A previous request failed last November. Library leaders had warned that most of the library branches in Muskegon County would close if this millage request failed.
Voters in communities served by the White Lake Ambulance Authority passed a new millage to fund the agency’s operations. The Ambulance Authority has struggled financially; recently the city of Whitehall ended service with the ambulance authority. The new millage will allow the authority to pay down its debts and continue servicing the remaining communities.
Voters in the Shelby Public School District rejected a $22.7 million bond proposal. A total of 56 percent of voters said no to the plan, which would have funded secure entrances at the district’s schools, technology upgrades, and added classroom space to some buildings.