Whitmer calls special election to fill Robinson’s House seat

    Michigan House | Susan J. Demas

    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday called a special election to fill the seat left vacant after the death of state Rep. Issac Robinson (D-Detroit).

    Rep. Isaac Robinson

    Robinson, 44, died on March 29 from suspected COVID-19 complications. The freshman represented Michigan’s 4th District, composing parts of Detroit and Hamtramck.

    A special primary election to fill the vacancy for the remainder of his term through 2020 will be held on Aug. 4, and a special general election will be held on Nov. 3. These are the same dates as the elections for the new 2022-22 term.

    Rep. Isaac Robinson had a huge heart, a quick wit, and a genuine passion for the people. He was a fierce advocate for Detroiters and people across Southeast Michigan. He dedicated his career to ensuring justice and security for those he served, and the impact he had on his community will continue to be felt for years to come,” said Whitmer. “The 4th House District deserves a fierce advocate to serve in the Legislature on their behalf, and voters will have an opportunity to make their voices heard at the ballot box.”    

    Candidates wishing to be placed on the primary ballot must file by April 21. 

    Allison Donahue
    Allison Donahue covers education, women's issues and LGBTQ issues. Previously, she was a suburbs reporter at the St. Cloud Times in St. Cloud, Minn., covering local education and government. As a graduate of Grand Valley State University, she has previous experience as a freelance researcher for USA Today and an intern with WOOD TV-8. When she is away from her desk, she spends her time going to concerts, comedy shows or getting lost on hikes in different places around the world.