What's on the ballot?

Matt DeYoung • Aug 6, 2018 at 12:00 PM

On Tuesday, voters across Michigan will head to the polls for the state’s primary elections.

The most notable races taking place are for Michigan’s Democratic and Republican nominations for governor.

Brian Calley, Patrick Colbeck, Jim Hines and Bill Schuette are the Republicans hoping to make it through to the November general election; while Abdul El-Sayed, Shri Thanedar and Gretchen Whitmer are vying for the Democratic nomination.

Libertarians on the ballot are Bill Gelineau and John Tatar.

There are also a pair of Republicans vying for the U.S. senator spot. John James and Sandy Pensler are battling it out for the right to face Democrat incumbent Debbie Stabenow in November.

Locally, there are several contested races of interest.

State Senate

The state Senate 30th District seat is being vacated by Arlan Meekhof, who is term-limited. The district includes all of Ottawa County.

Republicans facing off on Tuesday’s ballot include Rett DeBoer, Daniela Garcia, Joe Haveman and Roger Victory. Jeanette Schipper is the lone Democrat on the ballot, while Mary Buzma is running as a Libertarian.

State representative

Incumbent Jim Lilly faces challenger Beverly Zimmerman in the race to represent the state House 89th District. The winner moves on to face Democrat Jerry Sias in the November election.

County commissioner

A pair of Republicans are facing off to represent Ottawa County’s 9th District — incumbent Philip Kuyers and challenger Pat VerDuin. There are no Democrats running, so the winner of Tuesday’s election essentially claims the seat.

U.S. House

One race that’s shaping up to be quite heated come November is the showdown between incumbent Republican congressman Bill Huizenga and Democrat Dr. Rob Davidson, both of whom are running for the right to represent Michigan’s 2nd congressional district. Both are unopposed on Tuesday, so they both automatically move on to the November election.


There is one proposal that some local voters will see on Tuesday’s ballot — the museum millage renewal.

Voters in the cities of Ferrysburg and Grand Haven and Grand Haven Township will be asked to approve a six-year millage renewal for the Tri-Cities Historical Museum. The millage was last renewed for six years in the three communities in August 2012.

“The millage is a huge thing for us because it is where we get a large part of our funding from,” said Julie Bunke, the museum’s executive director. “All of the services we offer are free and it’s because of the millage that we can do that.”

The museum is estimated to raise a combined $355,069 from the three municipalities in the first year of the levy.

Where to vote

To find your voting precinct, visit www.miottawa.org. Under the “Departments & Officials” menu, choose “Elections” and click on the link titled “Polling Locations.” 

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