Seven candidates seeking seats in the U.S. House of Representatives failed to gather enough valid signatures to appear on the August primary ballot, the Board of State Canvassers ruled Friday.
The candidates – five Democrats and two Republicans – did not meet the state’s threshold of 1,000 valid signatures.
Meanwhile, the board rejected a motion challenging the validity of signatures -needed to appear on the August ballot – submitted by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Shri Thanedar. The challenge was filed by Abdul El-Sayed, who’s also seeking the Democratic nomination.
El-Sayed’s challenge alleged voter names collected by Thanedar’s campaign did not match the names of registered voters in a state database, and that one petition circulator’s name was fraudulently signed.
The Bureau of Elections recommended the approval of Thanedar’s petition signatures, and the board followed suit.
The two candidates have clashed before. In May, Thanedar challenged El-Sayed’s eligibility to run for governor after reports emerged questioning whether he met state residency requirements after living in New York for a period of time. A state Court of Claims judge dismissed the lawsuit, saying El-Sayed was eligible to run.
Here’s the seven congressional hopefuls whose signatures were not approved:
- Nick Schiller, one of two Democratic candidates in the 2nd District, submitted 1,187 signatures of which 738 were valid. Rob Davidson is now the only Democrat facing Huizenga, who is unopposed in the GOP primary.
- Joseph Farrington, a Republican in the 3rd District, submitted 1,190 signatures, of which 947 were valid. Amash is now unopposed in the Republican primary. Fred Wooden and Cathy Albro are facing off in the Democratic primary.
- Paul Clements, a Democrat competing the 6th District who ran against Upton in 2014 and 2016, submitted 1,346 signatures, of which 991 were deemed valid.
- Eponine Garrod, another Democrat in the 6th District, submitted 1,019 signatures, of which 974 were valid. Without Clements and Garrod, there are now four candidates in the Democratic primary — George Franklin, David Benec, Rich Eichholz and Matt Longjohn. Upton is unopposed in the GOP primary.
- Dan Haberman, one of six Democrats competing for Trott’s seat in the 11th District, submitted 1,183 signatures, of which 944 were valid. The five Democrats still on ballot: Tim Gremeil, Suneel Gupta, Fayrouz Saad, Nancy Skinner and Haley Stevens.
- Kristine Bonds, one of six Republicans competing for the 11th District seat, submitted 1,158 signatures, of which 858 were valid. The other five Republicans: Kerry Bentovolio, Lena Epstein, Klint Kesto, Mike Kowall and Rocky Raczkowski. Trott is not seeking re-election.
The board also weighed in on the petitions of several judicial candidates.
Those whose signatures were approved: Maria Zagorski, 1st District Court; Paul Zyburski, 39th District Court; James Osak, 43rd District Court; and Tracy Green, 3rd Circuit Court.
Two judicial candidates failed to gather enough valid signatures: Tory Rocca, 16th Circuit Court; and Kameshia Gant, 46th District Court.