Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday announced the dates for a special election in the 34th state House District, left vacant by state Rep. Sheldon Neeley (D-Flint). Neeley has resigned after being elected on Nov. 5 as Flint’s mayor.
A special primary election to fill the vacancy will be held on Jan. 7, 2020. The general election will be held on March 10, 2020.
“It is important that residents in the 34th House District have a representative in the legislature advocating on their behalf, while also providing voters with enough time to research and learn about the candidates who may decide to run for office,” said Whitmer.
Candidates wishing to be placed on the Jan. 7 primary ballot must file by Nov. 19, Whitmer’s office said.
Under GOP former Gov. Rick Snyder, seats were sometimes left open for almost a year, as in the case of the 13th Congressional District vacated by U.S. Rep. John Conyers (D-Detroit) in December 2017. The special primary was held in August 2018 and the special general election took place in November 2018.