DEARBORN — This year, Michigan residents will have an opportunity to take part in setting new goals by shaking up the state’s leadership, as numerous critical offices in both Washington, D.C. and Lansing become open.
The primary election will be held on August 7 and the general election will be held on November 6.
United States Senate
Senator Debbie Stabenow (D- Mich) is seeking a fourth term this year. So far, she’s expected to face one Democratic opponent and three Republican challengers in the primary election.
Senator Gary Peters’ term ends in Dec. 2021.
United States House of Representatives
In November, voters will elect 14 representatives to Congress, one from each of Michigan’s Congressional districts.
U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint), who has held his position since 2013, is among those seeking re-election. Not all of Michigan’s Congressional delegation are, however.
U.S. Rep. Sander Levin (D-Royal Oak) announced in December that he would retire from Congress at the end of his current term and not seek re-election in 2018.
U.S. Rep. Dave Trott (R-Birmingham), known for his anti-immigrant stance, also won’t seek reelection this year. Instead, he plans to return to the private sector.
His retirement raises questions regarding the possibility that a Democrat could succeed him. The district has consistently voted Republicans into office and the race is expected to be a heated one.
Four Democrats have entered the race for Trott’s 11th District seat, including Fayrouz Saad, Detroit’s former director of immigration affairs, and Haley Stevens, former chief of staff of then-President Obama’s Auto Task Force.
Saad, a 34-year-old Lebanese American, earned undergraduate degrees in political science and psychology from the University of Michigan in 2004 and a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2015.
In July, Saad told The AANews that people were unhappy with Trott.
“He’s not on their phones, not at their doors,” she said. “The most important thing is the relationship with the people that they [members of Congress] serve. People are really upset right now. They want change in leadership. They want someone who will go to Washington.”
The other two Democrats are State Rep. Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills) and Daniel Haberman, a businessman and attorney.
Republicans who have declared their intention to run include Kerry Bentivolio, a former U.S. representative and Lena Epstein, Michigan co-chair of the 2016 Trump presidential campaign, among others.
U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn), who has represented her 12th District seat since 2015, doesn’t have any declared challengers as yet.
The 13th District Congressional seat is currently vacant, following the resignation of U.S. Rep. John Conyers (D-Detroit) in December amid allegations of sexual harassment.
Conyers, who was first elected in 1965, was dean of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Voters will choose among Democratic and Republican candidates to replace Conyers in the primary and general elections in August and November; there won’t be a special election held any earlier.
The latter date will actually consist of two elections; one to fill out the remainder of Conyers’ term, the other to elect a successor.
Candidates who have expressed interest in the seat, according to WDIV Channel 4, include John Conyers III, the congressman’s son; Rashida Talib, a former state representative; State Senator Coleman Young II; Westland Mayor Bill Wild and Wayne County Sherriff Benny Napoleon.
U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield), who has represented 14th District since 2015 faces at least one challenger. Kristine Bonds, daughter of the late WXYZ TV anchorman Bill Bonds, is seeking the Republican nomination.
Governor, secretary of state and attorney general
Gov. Snyder, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson and Attorney General Bill Schuette are all term-limited, so their seats, currently held by Republicans, are open.
Republican gubernatorial candidates include Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, Schuette and State Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton).
Declared Democratic candidates include Abdul El-Sayed, former executive director of the Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion; Gretchen Whitmer, a former Ingham County prosecuting attorney and former minority leader of the Michigan Senate and two businessmen.
In the race to succeed Johnson, WDIV lists State Sen. Mike Kowall (R- White Lake) and Shelby Township Clerk Stan Grot as potential Republican candidates. Potential Democratic candidates include former Wayne State University Law School Dean Jocelyn Benson, who was the Democratic candidate in 2010.
Announced Republican candidates for attorney general include Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives Tom Leonard (R- DeWitt) and State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R- Lawton).
Announced Democratic candidates include former U.S. Attorney Patrick Miles Jr. and Detroit-based attorney Dana Nessel.
All 38 seats in the Michigan Senate will be up for election in 2018.
In November, Wayne County Commission Chairman Gary Woronchak (D-Dearborn) announced his campaign for the third state Senate District. The district, currently represented by Morris Hood III (D- Detroit) encompasses Dearborn and Melvindale and includes a portion of Detroit.
Hood can’t seek reelection because of term limits. Before his election to the Wayne County Commission in 2004, Woronchak was a state representative for six years. His commission district encompasses Dearborn, Allen Park and Melvindale.
In 2011, his fellow commissioners elected him chairman and he has retained the position ever since.
State House of Representatives
All 110 House seats Michigan House of Representatives will be up for grabs, 24 of which will be open seats because those representatives are term-limited.
In the 2016 elections, Republicans maintained control of the State House. To retake control of the chamber in 2018, Democrats would need to flip 17 seats.
State Rep. Abdullah Hammoud (D-Dearborn) has announced his run for re-election.
Michigan Supreme Court
Two seats on the Michigan Supreme Court will be up for election this year. Justice Kurtis Wilder was appointed by Gov. Snyder in May and Justice Elizabeth Clement was appointed in November.