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Democrats face off for Michigan House seat in special primary

Grand Rapids voters will choose between two Democratic candidates in a special primary on the Nov. 3 ballot. The winner will face the currently unopposed Republican candidate in the spring general election to fill a vacated Michigan House seat.
David LaGrand (left), Michael Scruggs

David LaGrand (left), Michael Scruggs

How to Vote

  • Polls are open Nov. 3, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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On Tuesday, Nov. 3, voters will choose between two Democrats hoping to serve as the area’s State House Representative. The winner in Tuesday’s special primary will then face off against the currently unopposed Republican candidate. The candidates are vying to replace State Representative Brandon Dillon.

Dillon recently stepped down to become the chairman of the state Democratic Party.

Wanting to take his place and represent the 75th District in the State House, which covers much of the City of Grand Rapids and some of its suburbs, are two Grand Rapids residents.

David LaGrand is currently a Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) school board member and was a Grand Rapids City Commissioner. His opponent, Michael Scruggs, is chairman of the Kent County Black Caucus.

The winner of the primary election this Tuesday will then face Republican candidate Blake Edmonds in the spring general election on March 8, 2016.

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