Caption: Gary Peters along with campaign staff and volunteers deliver nominating petitions Monday the 21st to get him on the ballot for U.S. Senate.Candidates for federal and state office in Washtenaw County meet filing deadline
Credit: Gary Peters Campaign Facebook page
Earth Day was not just a day to celebrate the environment here in Michigan. It was also the deadline for candidates of the two major parties seeking partisan political office to file their petitions or pay their filing fees. This meant that people running as either Democrats or Republicans for positions from Senator and Governor down to City Council and Township Supervisor had to get their application to the Secretary of State for statewide office or the County Clerk by 4:00 P.M. for all other offices to get their names on the ballot for the August 5th primary.List of candidates at the link in the headline.
Four candidates for federal and state office waited until the final hours to do so, as the Michigan Secretary of State shows that Democrat Pam Byrnes and Republican Stephen Farkas, who are running for Congress in the 7th and 12th Districts respectively, and Republicans Ed Moore and Leonard Burke, who are running for State House in the 54th and 55th Districts respectively, all filed on the 22nd.
As the situation stands now, there will be contested primary elections for the Republican nominees for both Congressional districts, where Douglas Radcliffe North is challenging incumbent Tim Walberg in the 7th and Terry Bowman and Stephen Farkas are facing off in the 12th, and for the 54th State House District, where Ed Moore and John Nazars will see who gets to take on incumbent David Rutledge. There will also be a contested primary for the Democratic nomination for the 12th Congressional District with Ray Mullins challenging Debbie Dingell, the wife of incumbent John Dingell.
I'll write up the county and municipal candidates tomorrow. Right now, it's time to go to bed!