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ANN ARBOR, MI – Two Democrats and two Republicans will face off in their respective party’s primaries on August 2 for the chance to represent a new State House district stretching from Ann Arbor to the southern city limits of Jackson .
The staunchly Democratic 47th District created by Michigan’s Independent Redistricting Commission covers a mix of urban and rural areas in Washtenaw and Jackson counties.
About 62% of voters in the district voted for Democrat Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election.
Democrats Carrie Rheingans of Ann Arbor and James Johnson Jr. of Clarklake announced their campaigns earlier this year. Rheingans is a lecturer at the University of Michigan School of Social Work and Johnson is a labor organizer for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
Since then, two Republican candidates have filed: Tina Bednarski-Lynch, administrator of Grass Lake Township in Jackson County, and Teresa Spiegelberg, a resident of Freedom Township in Washtenaw County who ran as an independent. against state Rep. Donna Lasinski, D-Scio. Commune, in 2018.
They are the only four candidates to file by the Tuesday, April 19 partisan filing deadline, according to the state’s unofficial slate.
The district includes Northwest Ann Arbor and extends west and south to cover jurisdictions such as Scio Township, Dexter, Manchester, Brooklyn and other parts of West Washtenaw and of southeastern Jackson County.
The winners of the Democratic and Republican primaries will qualify to contest the November general election.
Independent candidates with no party affiliation still have until July 21 to apply to run in November.
The Ann Arbor News/MLive will provide more in-depth coverage of the candidates ahead of the election.
Learn more about Ann Arbor area election coverage here and Jackson area election coverage here.
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