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Field set for state legislature and congressional races

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The ballot is set for the Aug. 5 primary election to fill seats in Congress and both chambers of the state legislature.

Statewide, 926 candidates filed petitions before Tuesday's deadline. Winners of the August primary will face off in the general election in November.

Judicial candidates are also on the ballot, including seven lawyers seeking to replace retiring 63rd District Court Judge Steven Servaas. After 41 years, Servaas – Michigan's longest serving judge-- has decided to hang up his robe.

The candidates are Charles Boekeloo , Brent Boncher, Kristin Britt, Andrea Crumback, Jody Jernigan, Jeffrey O'Hara, all of Rockford, and Rock Wood of Cedar Springs.

In the 3rd Congressional District, incumbent Justin Amash of Grand Rapids is being challenged by fellow republican Brian Ellis of Grand Rapids and democratic challenger Bob Goodrich of Kentwood.

Incumbent Fred Upton of St. Joseph is being challenged by republican Jim Bussler of Dowagiac and democrat Paul Clemens of Kalamazoo for the 6th Congressional District seat.

In the 20th District state Senate race in Kalamazoo, three republicans will face off for a four-year term. They are Margaret O'Brien of Portage, Lorence Wenke of Galesburg and Ron Zuiderveen Jr., of Kalamazoo. The lone democrat is Sean McCann of Kalamazoo.

Three republicans will square off for the 28th District state Senate seat. Tommy Brann of Wyoming and Kevin Green of Cedar Springs are running against Peter MacGregor of Rockford, who currently holds a position in the state House. He cannot run for the House seat because of term limits. Deb Havens of Grand Rapids is the democratic challenger.

Eight candidates will square off in the 73rd District state House race to replace MacGregor for a two-year term. The seven republican candidates are Chris Afendoulis and Robert J. Regan of Grand Rapids, John Decker of Belmont, Brian Downs of Rockford, Brady Middleton of Byron Center, Tom Norton of Sand Lake and Frank A. Pfaff Jr. of Comstock Park. The democratic challenger is Mary Polonowski of Rockford.

In the 76th House District, Keith Allard, Donijo DeJonge and Stan Milanowski, all of Grand Rapids, face democratic incumbent Winnie Brinks, also from Grand Rapids.

In Ottawa County's 90th District, five republicans are vying for an open House seat. They are Daniela Garcia and Bob Harmsen of Holland, Geoff Haveman and Jim Holtrop of Hudsonville and David Kroll of Zeeland. The democratic candidate is James Haspas of Holland.

A list of all candidates can be found here.


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