GENESEE COUNTY — Voters will go to the polls on March 12 for a special primary election to fill a state senate seat vacated by John Gleason, Democrat, who resigned after being elected Genesee County Clerk in November.
Seven candidates have filed to fill the partial term that ends Jan. 1, 2015. Five are Democrats and two are Republicans, including some familiar faces in local political circles.
Democrats vying for the job are Jim Ananich of Flint; Chris Del Morone of Flint; Ted Henry of Flushing; Woodrow Stanley of Flint and Lawrence Woods of Flint.
The two Republican contenders are Adam Ford and Robert J. Daunt, both of Flint
Ananich and Stanley are both currently serving as state representatives, for District 49 and District 34,, respectively. Both were re-elected in November.
Henry is a six-term county commissioner representing District 8 in Gaines and Clayton townships.
Del Morone ran unsuccessfully as a candidate for the Michigan House of Representatives, District 34, in 2008 and 2010 and also against county commissioner John Northrup in the August 2012 primary for District 4 which includes portions of Flint and Mundy townships and part of the City of Flint, according to election records.
Daunt was an unsuccessful candidate running against Ananich for the Michigan House of Representatives, District 49 in November.
No public information is available about other candidates in what so far has been a fairly low-key campaign. Several endorsements have been announced for Ananich and Stanley who both also have set up campaign websites.
State Senate District 27 encompasses Argentine Township, Clayton Township, the City of Fenton, Fenton Township, the City of Flint, Flint Township, the City of Flushing, Flushing Township, Gaines Township, Genesee Township, the City of Linden, the City of Montrose, Montrose Township, Mundy Township and the City of Swartz Creek.
Top vote getters in the primary election will move on to a May 7 special election to determine the next 27th district state senator.