Gov. Rick Snyder announces special election dates to fill seat for 1st House District

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced a special election will be held in the 1st House District of the state House of Representatives to fill the vacancy created when former state Rep. Brian Banks resigned on Feb. 6, 2017.

A special primary election to fill the vacancy will be held on Aug. 8, 2017, and the general election will be held on Nov. 7, 2017. Both special elections coincide with existing elections to minimize additional costs to the communities in the 1st House District.

“We wanted to hold this special election as soon as possible to ensure the people in the 1st House District have a representative in the House, but we also needed to keep in mind the additional cost for communities if we were to schedule a completely separate election for just this office," Gov. Snyder said. “It is my hope that the arrangement will streamline the process and costs for the communities affected while also giving voters time to adequately research the candidates who may decide to run for election.”

Candidates wishing to be placed on the Aug. 8 primary ballot must file by Tuesday, April 25 at 4 p.m. For additional information and other relevant dates for this special election, see attached letter filed with the Secretary of State’s office. 

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