Michigan Dem state reps survive mayoral primaries

Unofficial election results show two Democratic state representatives running for mayor will advance to the General Election this fall. Their mayoral bids could lead Democrats in the state House to temporarily lose their majority.

Democratic state Rep. Kevin Coleman won 41% of the vote in Westland’s mayoral primary and will face off against interim Westland Mayor Mike Londeau who won 45% of the vote in November, according to unofficial election results from Wayne County.

Meanwhile, Democratic state Rep. Lori Stone won 28% of the vote in Warren’s mayoral primary and will face off against City Human Resources Director George Dimas who won 34% of the vote, according to unofficial election results from Macomb County.

Rep. Kevin Coleman, D-Westland, talks with supporters (left to right) Deborah and Steven Thomas of Westland who were performing music with a saxophone as part of their 'Forever Blessed Ministries' at the farmers market at Central City Park in Westland on Thursday, July 6, 2023. Coleman is running for mayor in Westland and was out and about meeting people and passing out information about him.

Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer won reelection last fall while Michigan Democrats flipped both chambers of the state Legislature. This year marked the first Democratic trifecta in Michigan’s state government in 40 years.

Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lavora Barnes told the Free Press on Tuesday that she was monitoring the local election results and paying attention to what impact victory for the Democratic state representatives running would have on the state Legislature. “But I am just pleased that folks were out voting and exercising their right to vote,” she said.

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