Schuette to face Whitmer for Governor; Three Incumbents Defeated in Primaries
Posted on August 10, 2018
Michigan’s primary election was held Tuesday, Aug. 7, finalizing the November general election ballot. The 2018 midterm election is critical to Michigan hospitals given the number of open seats available due to term limits. The winners of the November election will be the key decision makers on healthcare policy for the next two to four years.
The top of the ticket includes Democratic nominee Gretchen Whitmer, the former Senate Democratic leader, against Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, the Republican nominee, in the gubernatorial race. Additional races that will be decided in November include attorney general, secretary of state, one U.S. Senate seat, all 14 U.S. House of Representative seats, all seats in both the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives, two Michigan Supreme Court seats, and a number of local races.
One major surprise in this year’s primary was the defeat of a handful of incumbents running for reelection. School teacher Lori Stone was victorious over Rep. Patrick Green (D-Warren), attorney Matt Hall beat Rep. David Maturen (R-Vicksburg) and little-known candidate Betty Jean Alexander defeated Sen. David Knezek (D-Dearborn Heights).
A candidate listing is available on the MHA’s 2018 Election webpage. Due to electronic reporting issues with the ballots in Wayne County, official results for those races, including Knezek’s, were delayed pending a final review. Candidates for lieutenant governor and the Republican candidates for attorney general and secretary of state will not be decided until each party holds its state nominating convention at the end of August.
The MHA will also be preparing and distributing nonpartisan election resources and tools for members following the conclusion of the nominating conventions. These materials are designed to encourage voter education and participation at the local level and will be available on the MHA 2018 Election webpage. The MHA will also feature regular election updates on its Facebook and Twitter feeds using #MIVoteMatters.
For more information about the 2018 primary and general election, visit the Michigan Voter Information Center or contact Paige Fults at the MHA.
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