LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Six candidates want to fill an opening in the Michigan Senate that represents most of Ingham County.
Three Democrats and three Republicans turned in the required paperwork by Tuesday's deadline to run in a special election for the 23rd Senate District opened by the departure of Sen. Virg Bernero, a Democrat who became the mayor of Lansing earlier this month.
The special primary elections are scheduled for Feb. 21 and the special election is set for March 14.
The Democrats are: state Rep. Gretchen Whitmer of East Lansing, Lansing businesswoman Melissa Sue Robinson and Anthony Benavides of Dansville, the nephew of former Lansing mayor Tony Benavides.
The Republican candidates are Okemos attorney Vincent Green, John Findlay of Mason and Lance Kingsbury of Holt.
Robinson, who used to be a man, must have her current name and former name, Charles Edward Staelens Jr., listed on the primary ballot because state law requires a candidate's former name to be listed on the ballot if it has been changed within 10 years. The law doesn't apply to women who change their name because of marriage or divorce.
I expect to see a Green/Whitmer matchup, but Benevides and Robinson may make the primary interesting. I'd like to see Whitmer knocked out in the primary.