GOP holds run-off vote, Dems boot incumbent WSU board member at nominating conventions

By Beth LeBlancThe Detroit News

Michigan’s Republican and Democratic parties have chosen their nominees for the Michigan Supreme Court, Wayne State Board of Governors and University of Michigan Board of Regents, cementing the nominees to appear on November ballots.

The Republican Party decided Sunday afternoon on their nominations for State Board of Education and Michigan State University Board of Trustees after split votes in those races prompted a secondary run-off vote.

Democrats, in finalizing their nominees, kicked one incumbent Wayne State University Board of Governors candidate off November’s ballot. 

The nominations were made at the end of what were largely virtual conventions over the weekend, according to results reported by both parties.

Michigan Democratic Party chairwoman Lavora Barnes praised the selections for the Democratic ticket, arguing that “they represent the best of Michigan.”

“They are dedicated public servants that are committed to ensuring that our courts are fair and just, that our K-12 education system is serving all children in Michigan, and that our higher education institutions are meeting the needs of college students,” Barnes said in a statement Sunday.

Michigan Republican Party chairwoman Laura Cox, in her prepared remarks Saturday, touted the party’s candidates and urged Republicans to actively promote President Donald Trump amid high Democratic motivation to take Michigan in November for former vice president Joe Biden, following Trump’s roughly 10,000-vote victory in the state in 2016. 

“In 2020, all eyes will be on Michigan Republicans to deliver for President Trump, John James, and Republicans up and down the ballot,” Cox said. 

Michigan Republicans nominated former state Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker Saturday for the MSU Board of Trustees and, after Sunday’s run-off vote, financial advisor Pat O’Keefe. Schuitmaker and O’Keefe will run against Democratic incumbent Brian Mosallam and former teacher Dr. Rema Vassar, who were nominated by their party Saturday.