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Tight races and upsets: Here’s who won Tuesday’s state House primaries

By: - March 2, 2022 1:47 am

Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury

Special primaries to decide candidates who will go on to compete for three open seats in the Michigan House of Representatives were held Tuesday.

Mike Harris, a retired Waterford Township police officer, won the Republican special primary for the 43rd House District in Oakland County.

Mike Harris | Facebook photo

He will go on to face Kent Douglas, the chair of the 11th Congressional District Democratic Party, in the special general election May 3.

They are competing to fill a vacancy in the seat once held by state Rep. Andrea Schroeder (R-Independence Township), who died of cancer last year.

Another retired police officer, former Oakland County sheriff’s deputy Terence Mekoski, defeated Sylvia Grot, wife of Shelby Township Clerk Stanley Grot, in the Republican special primary for the 36th House District in Macomb County.

Terence Mekoski | Facebook photo

Mekoski will face Democrat Jim Diez in the May 3 special general election to fill a vacancy created when former state Rep. Doug Wozniak won a 2021 special election for a state Senate seat.

Small business owner Robert Regan won the Republican primary in the 74th House District by a margin of fewer than 100 votes, beating Steven Gilbert, who was considered by many to be the frontrunner in the race.

Robert Regan | Facebook photo

Regan will face Democrat Carol Glanville in the special general election. The vacancy was created when former state Rep. Mark Huizenga (R-Walker) won a special election to the state Senate.

In another upset victory, family law mediator Jeffrey Pepper won the Democratic special primary for the 15th House District in his third run for office, beating a fellow Democrat with more endorsements.

Pepper will face Republican Ginger Shearer to fill the seat once held by former state Rep. Abdullah Hammoud, who was elected mayor of Dearborn.

The eventual results of the special general elections aren’t expected to change the composition of the state House.

The winners of the special general election will serve the remainder of the current term, which expires at the end of the year.

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Andrew Roth
Andrew Roth

Andrew Roth is a reporting intern with the Michigan Advance. He has been covering Michigan policy and politics for three years across a number of publications and studies journalism at Michigan State University.