Monday, December 22, 2014

MI GOP Convention Update

 By Brandon Hall 

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With Bobby Schostak's announcement that he won't seek another term as Chair of the Michigan Republican Party, Ronna Romney-McDaniel wasted no time declaring she is a candidate.

Cries for Tom McMillin and Dave Agema to launch candidacies have popped up also.

McMillin recently said he hoped a strong challenger would run for Chair if Schostak did seek another term, and he has spoken favorably of State Rep. Pete Lund. Lund seems to want the job.

Bobby Schostak
Whether McMillin himself wants it isn't known, but he is definitely gearing up to fight Gov. Snyder's 2015 May Road Tax proposal that voters will decide on.

People rumored to be considering a run like Betsy DeVos, Paul Mitchell, Terri Land, and Terry Bowman seem unlikely to make a move.

What Scott Greenlee, Jeff Sawka, Paul Welday, Ron Weiser, Rob Steele, and other rumored potential candidates might do is not clear at this time.

In addition to normal Michigan politics, the presidential primary politics of 2016 are also at play behind the scenes...

It is interesting to note that Attorney General Schuette said:

"Now the party must come together in a unified fashion to pick our next leader and I will be an active voice in this process. By working together, we can quickly start working on efforts to move our party and state forward."

Other races are beginning to take shape as well.

In the race to replace Blake Edmonds for Youth Chair, Joey Gamrat of Plainwell will face off against Michael Banerian.

Adi Sathi is the only candidate for Coalitions Vice-Chair so far, and he has the support of Victor Diaz, who currently holds the position.
Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.
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Photo By Darlene Dowling Thompson

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