By Alexandra Donlin
MI First Election
The deadline to file for candidacy in Ingham County and Michigan House elections was April 19. The first hurdle will be an Aug. 2 primary, when each race will come down to one candidate in each party.
These are the candidates who filed, starting with the race for Ingham County prosecutor. This race opened up when longtime Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III resigned effective July 2 following charges he engaged the services of a prostitute and willful neglect of duty.
Patrick W. O’Keefe, Democrat
Brian T. Jackson, Democrat
Billie Jo O’Berry, Republican
Carol Siemon, Democrat
Monica Stephens, Republican
Thomas English, Democrat
In the three legislative districts serving Ingham County, all incumbents are being challenged.
In the 67th District, Democratic incumbent Tom Cochran is being challenged by Republicans Jerry Ketchum and Leon R. Clark, and Democrat Alec Findlay.
In the 68th District, Democratic incumbent Andy Schor will face Republican Randy Pilon.
In the 69th District, Democratic incumbent Sam Singh is being challenged by Republican George Nastas.
In the county sheriff’s election, Scott A. Wriggelsworth, a Democrat, is running against Republican Eric Trojanowicz. Wriggelsworth could possibly be replacing his dad, Gene Wriggelsworth, who is retiring after 25 years.
County Clerk Barb Byrum is running for re-election, as is incumbent Treasurer Eric Schertzing.
Out of 14 County Commission districts, 11 were contested on April 19.
The Ingham County register of deeds and drain commissioner, are contested races with Democratic incumbents.
Filings for state, county and local races are on the county’s filing list maintained by the County Clerk’s office.