Keith Allard http://michiganradio.org en Political party switch scandal inspires bizarre election in Grand Rapids http://michiganradio.org/post/political-party-switch-scandal-inspires-bizarre-election-grand-rapids <p>One of the most unusual political races this election is playing out in Grand Rapids. It’s the story, the saga that is the race for the 76th State House seat.</p><p>Back in May, there was a Democratic lawmaker who wanted to become a Republican. Switching political parties is not unheard of in Michigan, although it hasn’t happened since the 1990s.</p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 11:45:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 9729 at http://michiganradio.org Political party switch scandal inspires bizarre election in Grand Rapids Schmidt’s Grand Rapids house seat now a four-way race in November http://michiganradio.org/post/schmidt-s-grand-rapids-house-seat-now-four-way-race-november <p>The race to become the next state representative for Grand Rapids’ 76th District is getting even weirder. It’s now a four-way race between Democrat-turned-Republican Roy Schmidt, political newcomer Winnie Brinks for the Democrats, independent candidate Keith Allard and now a write-in candidate Bing Goei.</p><p>Goei made the announcement today. His write-in campaign to unseat Roy Schmidt in the Republican primary did surprisingly well. But Schmidt managed to hang on to the GOP nomination by a very slim margin.</p><p>Now Goei says people are begging him to run in the November election anyway.</p><p>“When people call on me I have this crazy thing about responding to them,” Goei said.</p><p>He admits his odds are not so good.</p><p>“If I understand history correct, that <em>if</em> (insert laughs from Goei and his supporters) well, <em>when</em> I win that it will be the first write-in candidate who has won a state house of representative position,” Goei said.</p><p>But pressed on this issue by a reporter Goei insisted his data shows his is a “very winnable campaign”. Wed, 05 Sep 2012 21:12:58 +0000 Lindsey Smith 8960 at http://michiganradio.org Schmidt’s Grand Rapids house seat now a four-way race in November Independent candidate sees major opportunity in Roy Schmidt debacle http://michiganradio.org/post/independent-candidate-sees-major-opportunity-roy-schmidt-debacle <p>More people are lining up to oust Democrat-turned-Republican State Representative Roy Schmidt. Another candidate is <a href="https://www.facebook.com/#!/Allard4GR">kicking off his campaign Monday evening</a>.</p><p>A few months ago, Schmidt caused chaos when he switched political parties just minutes before the filing deadline for candidates to appear on the ballot. The move left Democrats without a candidate and many Kent County Republicans with a candidate they&rsquo;re not very excited about.</p> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 21:26:30 +0000 Lindsey Smith 8403 at http://michiganradio.org Independent candidate sees major opportunity in Roy Schmidt debacle