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Michigan is short two representatives, Lt. Gov. announces election dates to fill the gap

Sep 11, 2015

People living in 80th and 82nd districts in Michigan are currently without a state representative.
Credit Gamrat and Courser websites

The State House lost two members this morning when one resigned and the other was expelled.

(More on that here.)

To fill the gap, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley just announced plans to fill the two vacated seats. He made the call since Gov. Snyder is in Japan on an investment mission.

A primary election for the 80th District and the 82nd District will be held on November 3, 2015. A general election will be held on March 8, 2016. 

More from the press release:

“This determination ensures we can put this troubling situation behind us and continue our focus on moving Michigan forward and the issues that make a positive difference for all residents,” Calley said. “It’s imperative that everyone is represented and their voices are heard in Lansing as quickly as possible. By adding this question to the ballot on existing election dates, costs will be minimized to local governments, and voters will have ample time to research candidates and make the best decision as to who will next represent them.”

... Article V, Sections 13 and 26 of the Michigan Constitution give authority to the lieutenant governor to call a special election when the governor is out of state. 

Candidates from those districts who wish to run for office must file by next week – Friday, Sept. 18 at 4 p.m.