The Green Papers: Michigan 2015 General Election
 
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 1 and 2)
Governor:1 
2010 Census:9,911,626 (3.20% of 309,785,186)
2012, 2016, 2020 Electoral Votes:16(2.97% of 538)
2012-2020 Representatives:14(3.22% of 435)
Capital:Lansing
 

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Michigan State and Local Government

Michigan 2016 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions:
Democrats   Republicans


The Green, Libertarian, Natural Law, and U.S. Taxpayers parties may nominate by caucus/convention: ... Caucuses ... and ... conventions ... shall be held not later than the August Primary. [Michigan Election Law. Section 168.686a. (1)]

Convention dates--

  • Libertarian Party: TBD
  • Green: TBD
  • U.S. Taxpayers: TBD
  • Natural Law: TBD
 
           

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 114th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 1 Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow
First elected: 2000; re-elected 2006, 2012
[also served in U.S. House- elected: 1996, 1998]
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list
  Candidate Democratic     Senator Debbie Stabenow
FEC S8MI00281

Class 2 Democratic Senator Gary C. Peters
First elected: 2014.
Previously served in the U.S. House: 2009-2015.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
 Candidate list
  Candidate Democratic     Senator Gary C. Peters
FEC S4MI00355

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms, All Governors

  Republican Governor Rick Snyder
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair

Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms. Nominated by convention separately from the gubernatorial primary; elected on same ticket with Governor.

  Republican Lieutenant Governor Brian Nelson Calley
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
The current Lieutenant Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Seat
  
Candidates for Lieutenant Governor are nominated by political parties at their fall state convention (Michigan Election Law, Act 116 of 1954, Section 168.72).

114th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2016, 2018. No Term Limit. 114th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
9 Republican (2 Open, 7 Undetermined);
5 Democratic (5 Undetermined)

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 1 Republican Congressman Daniel J. "Dan" Benishek
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
Open Seat - 15 September 2015: Announced that he would not seek re-election cited his 2010 pledge to only serve 3 terms.
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     former Kalkaska County Sheriff Nelson Jerome "Jerry" Cannon
FEC H6MI01218; 30 Sep 15; Tot $3,640; Dsb $0
  Candidate Democratic     Lonnie Barton "Lon" Johnson
FEC H6MI01200; 30 Sep 15; Tot $350,989; Dsb $57,723
    Republican     Congressman Daniel J. "Dan" Benishek - apparently not a candidate
15 September 2015: Announced that he would not seek re-election cited his 2010 pledge to only serve 3 terms.

FEC H0MI01088; 30 Sep 15; Tot $649,853; Dsb $229,990
  Candidate Republican     state Senator Tom Casperson
FEC H8MI01107; 30 Sep 15; Tot $0; Dsb $0

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 2 Republican Congressman William P. "Bill" Huizenga
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Congressman William P. "Bill" Huizenga
FEC H0MI02094; 30 Sep 15; Tot $374,337; Dsb $307,956

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 3 Republican Congressman Justin Amash
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Justin Amash
FEC H0MI03126; 30 Sep 15; Tot $258,406; Dsb $276,408

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 4 Republican Congressman John Moolenaar
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Congressman John Moolenaar
FEC H4MI04126; 30 Sep 15; Tot $298,781; Dsb $236,893

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 5 Democratic Congressman Daniel T. "Dan" Kildee
First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman Daniel T. "Dan" Kildee
FEC H2MI05119; 30 Sep 15; Tot $364,536; Dsb $214,763
  Candidate Republican     Allen Hardwick

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 6 Republican Congressman Frederick Stephen "Fred" Upton
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Paul Colin Clements
FEC H4MI06105; 30 Sep 15; Tot $151,826; Dsb $16,806
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Frederick Stephen "Fred" Upton
FEC H6MI04113; 30 Sep 15; Tot $1,258,759; Dsb $484,513

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 7 Republican Congressman Timothy L. "Tim" Walberg
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     state Representative Gretchen Driskell
FEC H6MI07223; 30 Sep 15; Tot $583,610; Dsb $148,606
  Candidate Republican     Bruce Allen Gidner
FEC H0MI56017
  Candidate Republican     Douglas Radcliffe North
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Timothy L. "Tim" Walberg
FEC H4MI07103; 30 Sep 15; Tot $828,035; Dsb $225,456
  Candidate U.S. Taxpayers     Rick Strawcutter

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 8 Republican Congressman Michael D. "Mike" Bishop
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Melissa Gilbert
FEC H6MI08247; 30 Sep 15; Tot $200,372; Dsb $17,055
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Michael D. "Mike" Bishop
FEC H4MI08135; 30 Sep 15; Tot $498,345; Dsb $142,158

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 9 Democratic Congressman Sander Martin "Sandy" Levin
First elected: 1982
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman Sander Martin "Sandy" Levin
FEC H2MI17023; 30 Sep 15; Tot $364,556; Dsb $354,656

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 10 Republican Congressman Candice S. Miller
First elected: 2002
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
Open Seat - 5 March 2015: Announced retirement.
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
    Republican     Shelby Township Treasurer Michael Flynn - apparently not a candidate
8 October 2015: Filed a termination report the FEC.

FEC H6MI10185; 30 Sep 15; Tot $67,253; Dsb $60,693
    Republican     Congressman Candice S. Miller - apparently not a candidate
5 March 2015: Announced retirement.

FEC H6MI12181; 30 Sep 15; Tot $8,350; Dsb $99,529
  Candidate Republican     Paul Mitchell, III
FEC H4MI04118; 30 Sep 15; Tot $595,912; Dsb $232,154
  Candidate Republican     state Senator Phillip S. "Phil" Pavlov
FEC H6MI10193; 30 Sep 15; Tot $165,229; Dsb $39,076
  Candidate Republican     former state Senator Alan Sanborn
FEC H6MI10201; 30 Sep 15; Tot $46,337; Dsb $20,486

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 11 Republican Congressman David A. "Dave" Trott
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Anil Kumar
FEC H4MI11089; 30 Sep 15; Tot $20,559; Dsb $13,832
  Candidate Republican     Congressman David A. "Dave" Trott
FEC H4MI11097; 30 Sep 15; Tot $550,489; Dsb $170,822
  Candidate Republican     John-Paul Valle
FEC H6MI11175

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 12 Democratic Congressman Debbie Dingell
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman Debbie Dingell
FEC H4MI12079; 30 Sep 15; Tot $263,879; Dsb $242,817

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 13 Democratic Congressman John Conyers, Jr.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman John Conyers, Jr.
FEC H6MI01028; 30 Sep 15; Tot $192,254; Dsb $159,658
  Candidate Democratic     Bart N. Velarde
  Candidate Democratic     Detroit City Clerk Janice Marie Winfrey
FEC H6MI13213; 30 Sep 15; Tot $18,840; Dsb $10,940
  Candidate Libertarian     Tom Bagwell

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 14 Democratic Congressman Brenda Lulenar Lawrence
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Brenda Lulenar Lawrence
FEC H2MI14111; 30 Sep 15; Tot $242,446; Dsb $226,990
  Candidate Democratic     Terrance Morrison
FEC H6MI14195; 30 Sep 15; Tot $5,200; Dsb $0

Secretary of State  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms

  Republican Secretary of State Ruth A. Johnson
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
The current Secretary of State is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Seat
  
Candidates for Secretary of State are nominated by political parties at their fall state convention (Michigan Election Law, Act 116 of 1954, Section 168.72).

Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms

  Republican Attorney General William D. "Bill" Schuette
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
The current Attorney General is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Seat
  
Candidates for Attorney General are nominated by political parties at their fall state convention (Michigan Election Law, Act 116 of 1954, Section 168.72).
 

Political Parties    Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

Major Parties
  Democratic (affiliates): 7 incumbents, 16 candidates
  Republican: 13 incumbents, 15 candidates
Major Third Parties
  Green (affiliates)
  Libertarian: 1 candidate
  Reform (affiliates)
Other Third Parties
  America's Independent (affiliates)
  Justice Party
  Natural Law (affiliates)
  Right to Life
  Socialist Party USA
  U.S. Taxpayers (affiliate of Constitution): 1 candidate
 
Candidates running under the banner of more than one party are counted towards each party's total. A candidate who has lost a primary or is apparently no longer a candidate is not counted.

Notes

Candidates for office appear on this page in italics where 'The Green Papers' does not yet have independent confirmation from a legal election authority that the person has been officially certified to appear on the ballot.

"Apparently not a candidate" indicates that someone we once listed as a candidate for an elective office will not, in fact, be running for that office (primarily because said candidate is not listed on an official ballot provided by a jurisdiction's election authorities, where that candidate has not previously withdrawn his/her candidacy or otherwise indicated no longer [or even ever] being a candidate for that office).

Primary dates marked "presumably" and polling times marked "reportedly" are based on unofficial or estimated data (especially as regards local variations from a jurisdictionwide statutory and/or regulatory standard) and are, thereby, subject to change.

"FEC" indicates the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Campaign Finance Summary.

When available, we post each candidate's FEC identification number, the date of their most recently filed Report of Receipts and Disbursements, their "Tot" [Total Receipts (contributions received or what came in: FEC Form 3, Line 16, Column B)] and their "Dsb" [Total Disbursements (expenditures or what was spent: FEC Form 3, Line 23, Column B)]. A link is provided to the Federal Election Commission's Summary Report for those who might wish to explore the details.

If a candidate raises or spends $5,000 or less, he or she is not subject to FEC reporting requirements.


Links Links to other web sites

Constitution   Links to State Constitutions
  CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN OF 1963
  Michigan Constitution of 1835
  Michigan Constitution of 1850
  Michigan Constitution of 1908
Election Authority
  Michigan Secretary of State
Legislature   Links to State Legislatures
  Michigan House of Representatives
  Michigan Legislature
  Michigan Senate
Democratic
  Michigan House Democrats
  Michigan Senate Democratic Caucus
  The Michigan Democratic Party
Republican
  Michigan House Republicans
  The Michigan Republican Party
Third Party
  America’s Independent Party (associated with Alan Keyes)
  Green Party of Michigan
  Justice Party of Michigan
  Libertarian Party Of Michigan
  Natural Law Party of Michigan
  Natural Law Party of Michigan
  Reform Party of Michigan
  Right to Life of Michigan
  Socialist Party of Michigan
  The Green Party of Michigan
  U.S. Taxpayers Party of Michigan
Media & others
  Ann Arbor News
  Battle Creek Enquirer
  C & G Newspapers - Oakland, Macomb and Wayne Counties
  Cheboygan Daily Tribune
  Deadline Detroit
  Detroit Free Press
  Detroit News
  DMOZ - Michigan
  Gongwer News Service
  Grand Rapids Press
  Grassroots in Michigan
  Hometown Newspapers - Oakland, Livingston, Wayne, and Macomb Counties
  Huron Daily Tribune - Bad Axe
  Kalamazoo Gazette
  Lansing State Journal
  Leader Publications - Dowagiac - Niles
  Macomb Daily
  Michiganliberal.com
  MichiganVotes.org - Mackinac Center Michigan Legislature
  Midland Daily News
  MLive.com
  Monroe Evening News
  Muskegon Chronicle
  Politics1.com - Michigan
  Right Michigan
  Sentinel-Standard - Ionia
  Sturgis Journal
  The Alpena News
  The Bay City Times
  The Daily Telegram - Adrian
  The Flint Journal
  The Herald-Palladium - St. Joseph - Benton Harbor
  The Independent - Dundee
  The Jackson Citizen Patriot
  The News-Herald-Heritage - Wayne County
  The Oakland Press - Pontiac
  The Saginaw News
  The Voice - New Baltimore
  WDIV TV - NBC - Detroit
  WJBK TV - FOX - Detroit
  WLNS TV - CBS - Lansing
  WNEM - Bay City - Saginaw - Midland - Flint
  WOOD AM - Grand Rapids
  WOOD TV - NBC - Grand Rapids

 


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