The Green Papers: Michigan 2018 General Election
 
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
Primary: Tuesday 7 August 2018
General Election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Tuesday 7 August 2018 - Primary. Polling hours reportedly 7:00a-8:00p EDT (1100-0000 UTC) / 7:00a-8:00p CDT (1200-0100 UTC). Relatively small portions of this state are in Central Time and so the vast majority of the polls are closed by the time indicated Eastern Time, when the networks feel they can project.
Tuesday 6 November 2018 - General Election. Polling hours reportedly 7:00a-8:00p EST (1200-0100 UTC) / 7:00a-8:00p CST (1300-0200 UTC). Relatively small portions of this state are in Central Time and so the vast majority of the polls are closed by the time indicated Eastern Time, when the networks feel they can project.
 
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


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. To qualify, a party's nominee must receive at least 1% of the total number of votes cast for winner of the office of Secretary of State in the last preceding state election [MCL 168.685(6)].

Convention dates--

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

Primary elections are for Democratic and Republican candidates. This Libertarian Party apparently qualified for ballot access in 2018. To qualify, a party's nominee must receive at least 5% of the total number of votes cast for the office of Secretary of State in the last preceding state election [MCL 168.532].


Active/Pending Gubernatorial Committees from the Michigan Campaign Finance Committee.

Active/Pending Secretary of State Committees from the Michigan Campaign Finance Committee.


2018 Dates and Deadlines from the Michigan Secretary of State.

 
           

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 115th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 1
Seat up for regular election
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 (10)
  Candidate Democratic     Craig Allen Smith
FEC S8MI00349
  Candidate Democratic     Senator  Debbie Stabenow
FEC S8MI00281; 30 Sep 17; Tot $5,249,885; Dsb $1,514,729
  Candidate Republican     Bob Carr
FEC S4MI00298
  Candidate Republican     John E. James
FEC S8MI00372; 30 Sep 17; Tot $309,154; Dsb $92,949
  Candidate Republican     Sandy Pensler
  Candidate Republican     Robert James "Kid Rock" Ritchie
circa 24 October 2017: Not running.
  Candidate Republican     former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert "Bob" Young
FEC S8MI00364; 30 Sep 17; Tot $166,193; Dsb $64,179
    Green     Anita E. Belle - apparently not a candidate
circa 20 October 2017: Suspended campaign.

FEC S8MI00380; 30 Sep 17; Tot $4,596; Dsb $223
  Candidate Libertarian     Brian James Ellison
FEC S8MI00398
  Candidate Libertarian     James Weeks
FEC S8MI00406
  Candidate Independent     Marcia Squier

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 (1)
  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

Chair up for regular election
Open
Republican Governor  Richard D. "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
 Candidate list (20)
  Candidate Democratic     William Cecil "Bill" Cobbs
  Candidate Democratic     former Detroit Health Director Adbulrahman M. "Abdul" El-Sayed
  Candidate Democratic     Geoffrey N. Fieger
  Candidate Democratic     John F. Freeman
  Candidate Democratic     Justin David Giroux
  Candidate Democratic     Shri Thanedar
  Candidate Democratic     Kentiel Dion White
  Candidate Democratic     forner state Senator Gretchen Whitmer
  Candidate Republican     state Senator  Patrick Colbeck
  Candidate Republican     Joseph Thomas Derose
  Candidate Republican     James R. "Jim" Hines
  Candidate Republican     Mark A. McFarlin
  Candidate Republican     Attorney General  William D. "Bill" Schuette
12 September 2017: Announced he is running for Governor in 2018.
  Candidate Republican     Evan Sebastian Space
  Candidate Green     Jennifer V. Kurland
  Candidate Green; Socialist Party USA     Dwain Clarence Reynolds, III
  Candidate Libertarian     William H. "Bill" Gelineau
  Candidate No Party Affiliation     Ryan Henry Cox
  Candidate No Party Affiliation     Todd M. Schleiger
  Candidate No Party Affiliation     Richard A. Sills

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.

Seat up for regular election
Open
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).

115th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2018, 2020. No Term Limit. 115th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
9 Republican (8 Undetermined, 1 Open);
5 Democratic (5 Undetermined)

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 1
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman  John W. "Jack" Bergman
First elected: 2016
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (4) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Dwight John Brady
FEC H8MI01164; 30 Sep 17; Tot $21,761; Dsb $8,934
  Candidate Democratic     Dana Alan Ferguson
FEC H4MI01130
  Candidate Democratic     Matthew Wade "Matt" Morgan
FEC H8MI01149; 30 Sep 17; Tot $184,903; Dsb $94,658
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  John W. "Jack" Bergman
FEC H6MI01226; 30 Sep 17; Tot $418,225; Dsb $262,137

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 2
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman  William P. "Bill" Huizenga
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (3) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Robert Michael "Bob" Davidson
FEC H8MI02113; 30 Sep 17; Tot $54,569; Dsb $6,585
  Candidate Democratic     Nicholas Adam "Nick" Schiller
FEC H8MI02121; 30 Sep 17; Tot $8,299; Dsb $7,783
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  William P. "Bill" Huizenga
FEC H0MI02094; 30 Sep 17; Tot $739,780; Dsb $546,643

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 3
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman  Justin Amash
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (5) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Catherine "Cathy" Albro
FEC H8MI03079
  Candidate Democratic     Jeffrey Daniel "Jeff" Thomas
FEC H8MI03053; 30 Sep 17; Tot $5,027; Dsb $1,866
  Candidate Democratic     Weldon Frederick "Fred" Wooden
FEC H8MI03061; 30 Sep 17; Tot $1,005; Dsb $0
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Justin Amash
FEC H0MI03126; 30 Sep 17; Tot $319,377; Dsb $221,847
  Candidate Independent     Douglas Mark Smith, Jr.
FEC H6MI03172; 30 Sep 17; Tot $0; Dsb $3,874

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 4
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman  John Moolenaar
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (4) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Dion Adams
FEC H8MI04085
  Candidate Democratic     Mark Bignell
FEC H8MI04093
  Candidate Democratic     Jerry Hilliard
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  John Moolenaar
FEC H4MI04126; 30 Sep 17; Tot $320,112; Dsb $214,084

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 5
Seat up for regular election
Democratic Congressman  Daniel T. "Dan" Kildee
First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (1) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman  Daniel T. "Dan" Kildee
FEC H2MI05119; 30 Sep 17; Tot $437,979; Dsb $315,312

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 6
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman  Frederick Stephen "Fred" Upton
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (7) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     David T. Benac, II
FEC H8MI06130; 30 Sep 17; Tot $15,409; Dsb $9,394
  Candidate Democratic     Paul Colin Clements
FEC H4MI06105; 30 Sep 17; Tot $91,724; Dsb $23,635
  Candidate Democratic     Rich Eichholz
FEC H8MI06148; 30 Sep 17; Tot $73,665; Dsb $44,522
  Candidate Democratic     George Franklin
FEC H8MI06163
  Candidate Democratic     Eponine Elizabeth Garrod
FEC H8MI06122; 30 Sep 17; Tot $1,878; Dsb $1,627
  Candidate Democratic     Matt Longjohn
FEC H8MI06155; 30 Sep 17; Tot $212,867; Dsb $40,553
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Frederick Stephen "Fred" Upton
FEC H6MI04113; 30 Sep 17; Tot $1,076,585; Dsb $447,190

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 7
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman  Timothy L. "Tim" Walberg
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (3) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     former state Representative Gretchen D. Driskell
FEC H6MI07223; 30 Sep 17; Tot $233,818; Dsb $63,640
  Candidate Democratic     Steven Friday
FEC H8MI07112
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Timothy L. "Tim" Walberg
FEC H4MI07103; 30 Sep 17; Tot $657,097; Dsb $233,979

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 8
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman  Michael D. "Mike" Bishop
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (3) - 116th Congress
    Democratic     Darlene Maria Domanik - apparently not a candidate
19 September 2017: "I am withdrawing my candidacy for the office of US Representative .... The reason is quite simple: campaign finance."

FEC H8MI08094; 30 Sep 17; Tot $14,878; Dsb $13,894
  Candidate Democratic     Elissa Slotkin
FEC H8MI08102; 30 Sep 17; Tot $460,940; Dsb $84,086
  Candidate Democratic     Christopher E. "Chris" Smith
FEC H8MI08110
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Michael D. "Mike" Bishop
FEC H4MI08135; 30 Sep 17; Tot $793,182; Dsb $173,336

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 9
Seat up for regular election
Democratic Congressman  Sander Martin "Sandy" Levin
First elected: 1982
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (2) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman  Sander Martin "Sandy" Levin
FEC H2MI17023; 30 Sep 17; Tot $98,921; Dsb $136,188
  Candidate Republican     Candius Stearns
FEC H8MI09092

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 10
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman  Paul Mitchell, III
First elected: 2016
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (1) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Paul Mitchell, III
FEC H4MI04118; 30 Sep 17; Tot $261,465; Dsb $120,551

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 11
Seat up for regular election
Open
Republican Congressman  David A. "Dave" Trott
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Open Seat - 11 September 2017: House CD 11 Trott "I have decided not seek re-election in 2018".
 Candidate list (9) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     state Representative  Tim Greimel
FEC H8MI11338
  Candidate Democratic     Daniel "Dan" Haberman
FEC H8MI11304
  Candidate Democratic     Fayrouz Saad
FEC H8MI11262; 30 Sep 17; Tot $250,577; Dsb $66,475
  Candidate Democratic     Haley Stevens
FEC H8MI11254; 30 Sep 17; Tot $524,265; Dsb $108,316
  Candidate Republican     former Congressman  Kerry Bentivolio
First elected to Congress: 2012; unsuccessful candidate for renomination: 2014.
Exploratory committee

FEC H2MI11133
  Candidate Republican     Lena Rose Epstein
FEC H8MI11320; 30 Sep 17; Tot $956,591; Dsb $173,844
  Candidate Republican     Plymouth Township Supervisor  Kurt L. Heise
FEC H8MI11312
  Candidate Republican     state Representative  Klint Kesto
FEC H8MI11270; 30 Sep 17; Tot $46,199; Dsb $0
  Candidate Republican     former state Representative A. Rocky Raczkowski
FEC H8MI11288
    Republican     Congressman  David A. "Dave" Trott - apparently not a candidate
11 September 2017: House CD 11 Trott "I have decided not seek re-election in 2018".

FEC H4MI11097; 30 Sep 17; Tot $356,128; Dsb $133,316

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 12
Seat up for regular election
Democratic Congressman  Debbie Dingell
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (2) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman  Debbie Dingell
FEC H4MI12079; 30 Sep 17; Tot $373,066; Dsb $426,014
  Candidate Green     Stephen Robert Neale "Steve" Young
FEC H8MI12112; 30 Sep 17; Tot $120; Dsb $109

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 13
Seat up for regular election
Democratic Congressman  John Conyers, Jr.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (2) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman  John Conyers, Jr.
FEC H6MI01028; 30 Sep 17; Tot $160,312; Dsb $147,079
  Candidate Democratic     Michael A. Gilmore
FEC H8MI13227; 30 Sep 17; Tot $12,682; Dsb $6,686

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 14
Seat up for regular election
Democratic Congressman  Brenda Lulenar Lawrence
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (1) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman  Brenda Lulenar Lawrence
FEC H2MI14111; 30 Sep 17; Tot $243,418; Dsb $227,350

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

Seat up for regular election
Open
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
 Candidate list (5)
  Candidate Republican     Stan Grot
  Candidate Republican     Joseph Guzman
  Candidate Republican     state Senator Michael Kowall
  Candidate Republican     Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents Member  Mary Treder Lang
  Candidate Libertarian     Gregory Scott Stemple
  
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

Seat up for regular election
Open
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 - 12 September 2017: Announced he is running for Governor in 2018.
 Candidate list (3)
  Candidate Democratic     Dana Nessel
  Candidate Republican     state Representative  Tom Leonard
  Candidate Republican     state Senator  Tonya Schuitmaker
  
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   Those parties which received electoral votes through winning a plurality of a state's [or the District of Columbia's] popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Democratic (affiliates): 7 incumbents, 43 candidates
  Republican: 13 incumbents, 31 candidates
Major Third Parties   Any Party, other than a Major Party, receiving a minimum of 15/100ths of 1 percent of the nationwide popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Green (affiliates): 2 candidates
  Libertarian: 4 candidates
  Reform (affiliates)
Other Third Parties
  America's Independent (affiliates)
  Justice Party
  Natural Law (affiliates)
  Right to Life
  Socialist Party USA: 1 candidate
  U.S. Taxpayers (affiliate of Constitution)
Independents
  Independent: 2 candidates
  No Party Affiliation: 3 candidates
 
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
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  Michigan Senate Democratic Caucus
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Republican
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  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
  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
  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
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