The past year has perhaps been the most confusing time in Michigan politics. For the first time in our state’s history, the people of Michigan voted to overhaul the redistricting process and develop an Independent Citizen’s Redistricting Commission. After much deliberation, many public hearings and lawsuits, the maps are final.

This process, combined with term-limits and legislators seeking higher office, has resulted in a scenario where virtually every district in northern Michigan is now an open seat. Only a few incumbents have maintained a similar district as they now represent.

That’s why the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance developed our 2022 Primary Election Guide. This page is intended to be a matter-of-fact guide to help understand new district lines and corresponding candidate information.

Click on a candidate’s picture to learn more about them. Click on their name to see campaign finance reports.

Base numbers are provided by nonpartisan Dave’s Redistricting. Click here to learn more about their method for analysis.

For any questions, please contact NMCA Director of Government Relations, Henry Wolf at

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State Senate: District 32

Benzie, Manistee, Mason, Muskegon, Oceana

Base Numbers:

Democrat – 46.9%

Republican – 49.9%

Sen. Jon Bumstead has to get through a primary with Republican challenger Charles Ritchard to determine who will take on Rep. Terry Sabo of Muskegon.

Terry Sabo (D-Muskegon)
Jon Bumstead (R-North Muskegon)
Charles Ritchard (R-Hart)

State Senate: District 33

Ionia, Kent, Lake Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Ottawa

No primary election here – Sen. Rick Outman will face Democrat challenger Mark Bignell in November.

Base Numbers:

Democrat – 33.2%

Republican – 63.5%

Rick Outman (R-Six Lakes)
Mark Bignell (D-Greenville)

State Senate: District 34

Bay, Clare, Clinton, Gratiot, Isabella, Lake, Mecosta, Midland, Osceola, Saginaw, Wexford

Rep. Roger Hauck will face off against Lisa Sowers in the GOP primary this August. The winner will take on Democrat Christine Gerace.

Base Numbers:

Democrat – 37%

Republican – 59.9%

Roger Hauck (R-Mount Pleasant)
Lisa Sowers (R-Sumner)
Christine Gerace (D-Beaverton)

State Senate: District 36

Alcona, Alpena, Arenac Crawford, Iosco, Isle, Kalkaska, Manistee, Missaukee, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Roscommon, Wexford

Rep. Michele Hoitenga has no primary opponent and will be up against former Rep. Joel Sheltrown in November.

Base Numbers:

Democrat – 33.3%

Republican – 63.8%

Michele Hoitenga (R-Manton)
Joel Sheltrown (D-Gladwin)

State Senate: District 37

Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Chippewa, Emmet, Leelanau Mackinac, Grand Traverse

Current Republican primary candidates include former House Majority Floor Leader Triston Cole, Rep. John Damoose, William Hindle and George Ranville. The winner of that race will face either Randy Bishop, Jim Schmidt or Barbara Conley.

Base Numbers:

Democrat – 42.1%

Republican – 55.1%

Triston Cole (R-Mancelona)
John Damoose (R-Harbor Springs)
William Hindle (R-Charlevoix)
George Ranville (R-Mackinaw City)
Randy Bishop (D-Kewadin)
Jim Schmidt (D-Central Lake)
Barbara Conley (D-Northport)

State Senate: District 38

Alger, Baraga, Chippewa, Delta, Dickinson, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keewenaw, Luce, Mackinac Marquette, Menominee, Ontonagon, Schoolcraft

Matthew Furyk and Kayla Wikstrom will try and unseat Sen. Ed McBroom in August. The winner will take on Democrat John Braamse of Marquette.

Base Numbers:

Democrat – 42.8%

Republican – 54.6%

Matthew Furyk (R-Marquette)
Kayla Wikstrom (R-Perkins)
Ed McBroom (R-Vulcan)
John Braamse (D-Marquette)

State House: District 100

Clare, Lake, Mecosta, Osceola

Republican Tom Kunse is the lone Republican candidate and will face Democrat Nate Bailey in November.

Base Numbers:

Democrat – 33.3%

Republican – 63.5%

Tom Kunse (R-Clare)
Nate Bailey (D-Reed City)

State House: District 101

Clare, Lake, Mecosta, Osceola

Republicans Joseph Fox, Chad Pierce, Diane Shindlbeck and Kelly Smith and will compete in August to run against Democrat Amanda Siggins.

Base Numbers:

Democrat – 32.3%

Republican – 64.4%

Joseph Fox (R-Fremont)
Chad Pierce (R-Newaygo)
Diane Schindlbeck (R-White Cloud)
Kelly Smith (R-White Cloud)
Amanda Siggins (D-Cadillac)

State House: District 102

Manistee, Mason, Muskegon, Oceana

Sen. Curt VanderWall will face former Oceana County Commissioner Andrew Sebolt and Ryan Roberts. The winner will compete against Democrat Brian Hosticka.

Base Numbers:

Democrat – 40.5%

Republican – 56.4%

Brian Hosticka (D-Whitehall)
Andrew Sebolt (R-Hart)
Ryan Roberts (R-Hart)
Curt VanderWall (R-Ludington)

State House: District 103

Benzie, Grand Traverse, Leelanau

Grand Traverse County Commissioner Betsy Coffia and Michael Brodsky are running for the Democratic nomination and the chance to take on either Rep. Jack O’Malley or Heather Cerone in November.

Base Numbers:

Democrat – 48.8%

Republican – 48.6%

Michael Brodsky (D-Traverse City)
Betsy Coffia (D-Traverse City)
Heather Cerone (R-Traverse City)
Jack O’Malley (R-Lake Ann)

State House: District 104

Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Manistee, Wexford

Rep. John Roth has a primary challenger in Katie Kniss, the winner will compete against Democrat Cathy Albro.

Base Numbers:

Democrat – 36.3%

Republican – 60.8%

Katie Kniss (R-Fife Lake)
John Roth (R-Interlochen)
Cathy Albro (D-Bellaire)

State House: District 105

Antrim, Crawford, Kalkaska, Missaukee, Oscoda, Otsego, Roscommon

Rep. Ken Borton will have to beat GOP challengers Kim Morley, Mark McFarlin and Diane Randall in the Republican primary to advance to the general election against Democrat Adam Wojdan.

Base Numbers:

Democrat – 31.8%

Republican – 65.3%

Ken Borton (R-Gaylord)
Mark McFarlin (R-Grayling)
Kim Morley (R-Roscommon)
Diane Randall (R-Houghton Lake)
Adam Wojdan (D-Frederic)

State House: District 106

Alcona, Alpena, Cheboygan, Montmorency, Oscoda, Presque Isle

Republicans Geyer Balog, Cam Cavitt and Larry Hull will compete for the chance to face Democrat Marie Fielder.

Base Numbers:

Democrat – 34.6%

Republican – 62.7%

Geyer Balog (R-Hillman)
Cam Cavitt (R-Cheboygan)
Larry Hull (R-Indian River)
Marie Fielder (D-Alpena)

State House: District 107

Charlevoix, Chippewa, Emmet, Mackinac

GOP candidates Bob Carr, Parker Fairbairn, Neil Friske, David Laughbaum and Jonathan Scheel will compete in August for the chance to take on Democrat Jodi Decker.

Base Numbers:

Democrat – 40.5%

Republican – 56.8%

Bob Carr (R-Mackinac Island)
Parker Fairbairn (R-Harbor Springs)
Neil Friske (R-Charlevoix)
David Laughbaum (R-Pellston)
Jonathan Scheel (R-Petoskey)
Jodi Decker (D- Sault Ste. Marie)

State House: District 108

Chippewa, Delta, Luce, Mackinac, Menominee Schoolcraft

Republicans Casey Hoffman, Kurt Perron, David Prestin and Mark Simon are running for the chance to face Democrat Chris Lopez in November.

Base Numbers:

Democrat – 36.7 %

Republican – 60.8%

Casey Hoffman (R-Menominee)
Kurt Perron (R-Brimley)
David Prestin (R-Cedar River)
Mark Simon (R-Menominee)
Chris Lopez (D-Escanaba)

State House: District 109

Alger, Baraga, Dickinson Marquette, Menominee

Democratic candidates Joe Boogren and Jenn Hill will take on the winner of the Republican primary, either Ron Gray or Melody Wagner.

Base Numbers:

Democrat – 50.4%

Republican – 46.7%

Joe Boogren (D-Gwinn)
Jenn Hill (D-Marquette)
Ron Gray (R-Gwinn)
Melody Wagner (R-Gwinn)

State House: District 110

Dickinson, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keewenaw, Ontonagon

The field is set here – Democratic candidate Casey VerBerkmoes is challenging Rep. Greg Markkanen in November.

Base Numbers:

Democrat – 40.4%

Republican – 57.1%

Greg Markkanen (R-Hancock)