A GOP candidate for Wayne State University’s governing board was replaced by the Michigan Republican Party after she was found ineligible for the Nov. 3 general election because of an unpaid campaign fee.
Diane Dunsakiss, a former WSU board member, was one of the nominees chosen over the weekend at the Michigan GOP’s state convention. Don Gates, a retired Army colonel, is the party’s nominee for the second seat. However, the party on Thursday removed her because her finance committee did not pay an outstanding campaign finance reporting fee from the 2018 election.
Dunaskiss’ campaign owed $1,000 from that run. Not paying that makes Dunaskiss ineligible for a run in 2020, election officials said. Dunaskiss served on the Wayne State board for more than 20 years until a loss in 2018.
Republican former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land replaced Dunaskiss in the running for one of Wayne State’s two open board positions.
Land served as secretary of state from 2003 to 2011 and in 2014 ran unopposed in the GOP primary for a U.S. Senate seat. However, she was defeated by Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) in the general election.
She is a graduate of Hope College.
The Democrats have nominated incumbent Shirley Stancato, who was first appointed to the board by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in late 2019, and Eva Garza Dewaelsche, who’s currently the president and CEO of SER Metro-Detroit Jobs for Progress.