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Candidates for federal and state office in Washtenaw County meet filing deadline

Gary Peters along with campaign staff and volunteers deliver nominating petitions Monday the 21st to get him on the ballot for U.S. Senate.
Gary Peters along with campaign staff and volunteers deliver nominating petitions Monday the 21st to get him on the ballot for U.S. Senate.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.

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.

Below are the major party candidates for federal and state offices whose names will appear on the August 5th primary in Washtenaw County, along with their party affiliations.

Federal Offices

U.S. Senator

Gary Peters (D)
Terri Lynn Land (R)

U.S. House of Representatives

7th District

Pam Byrnes (D)
Douglas Radcliffe North (R)
Tim Walberg (R)

12th District

Debbie Dingell (D)
Raymond G. Mullins (D)
Terry Bowman (R)
Stephen Farkas (R)

State Offices


Mark Schauer (D)
Rick Snyder (R)

State Senator

18th District

Rebekah Warren (D)
Terry M. Linden (R)

22nd District

Shari Pollesch (D)
Joe Hune (R)

State Representative

52nd District

Gretchen Driskell (D)
John Clifford Hochstetler (R)

53rd District

Jeff Irwin (D)
John J. Spisak (R)

54th District

David Rutledge (D)
Ed Moore (R)
John T. Nazars (R)

55th District

Adam Zemke (D)
Leonard O. Burk (R)