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Complicated process to fill seat left vacant by Plawecki's death

Julie Plawecki
State Representative Julie Plawecki died on June 25

Thirteenth District Democratic Party Chairman Jonathan Kinloch says "there are a lot of moving parts" in naming candidates to fill the vacancy left by the sudden death of State Rep. Julie Plawecki.

Plawecki, who represented the 11th House district, died of a heart attack on July 25 while hiking in Oregon.

Kinloch says Plawecki's daughter has expressed interest in running in the special primary election on August 30. The election was called by Governor Snyder to fill the remainder of Plawecki's term through the end of 2016.

Candidates have until July 12 to file an application to run in that special primary.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, delegates will choose a candidate to appear on the regular August 2 primary ballot for the term beginning in 2017.

The result is voters will be asked to go to the polls twice in August -- and vote twice for candidates in November, one to serve in the short period between the November election and December 31, 2016 -- and one to serve a full term beginning in 2017.


Tracy Samilton covers energy and transportation, including the auto industry and the business response to climate change for Michigan Public. She began her career at Michigan Public as an intern, where she was promptly “bitten by the radio bug,” and never recovered.