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Governor calls special election to fill 27th state Senate District vacancy
January 09, 2013
LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today called a special election in the 27th state Senate District to fill the vacancy created when former state Sen. John Gleason was elected in November and sworn in as Genesee County clerk on Jan. 2.
The special election will be Tuesday, May 7, and a primary election would be March 12 if necessary.
As no local elections are scheduled until August, Snyder determined it was prudent and in the best interest of the more than 250,000 residents in the district to move forward with a special election in May, rather than waiting almost a year for citizens to have full representation in the Legislature.
"This special election ensures that area residents will have full representation as soon as possible while helping keep costs for local communities to a minimum," Snyder said.
State election officials estimate the cost of the special election to cost $2,000 per precinct within the district.