Incumbent who switched parties survives challenge

A West Michigan state House incumbent who switched parties and tried to entice an acquaintance to file as his token Democratic opponent has survived a write-in challenge in the Republican primary.
AP Wire
Aug 8, 2012

State Rep. Roy Schmidt said he knows voters want "more explaining."

Schmidt got more votes Tuesday than a write-in challenger, Grand Rapids businessman Bing Goei. Democrats said Winnie Brinks received enough write-in votes to get on the Nov. 6 ballot and run against Schmidt for the 76th District seat.

A prosecutor released a report last month saying no charges would be filed after Schmidt and Republican House Speaker Jase Bolger worked to have the Democratic lawmaker switch to the GOP primary minutes before the filing deadline and arrange for 22-year-old Matthew Mojak to run in the Democratic primary.



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