Who's Running For State House of Representatives?
OUTCOME: The following candidates were elected on Nov. 8 – Donna Lasinski (District 52); Yousef Rabhi (District 53) and Adam Zemke (District 55).
Depending on where you live in Ann Arbor, you'll be voting for a state representative in either District 52, 53 or 55. (Click here to get a sample ballot.)
There are 110 districts in the Michigan House of Representatives, with representatives elected to two-year terms. Most of Ann Arbor is covered by District 53, though small parts of the city are included in Districts 52 and 55. The main purpose of the House is to enact state laws, including the budget, and to amend or repeal existing state laws. This work is done in conjunction with the state Senate and the governor. Elected positions in the state legislature (the House and Senate) are considered full-time jobs. State representatives earn a base salary of $71,685.
Below you'll find information about candidates for state representative in Districts 52, 53 and 55. You can check out our Voter Basics page for more details about the voting process. If you need to see a SAMPLE BALLOT, click here.
STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 52
OUTCOME: Donna Lasinski prevailed in the Nov. 8 general election and was elected to serve in the Michigan House of Representatives for District 52.
District 52 covers most of western Washtenaw County and small parts of the city of Ann Arbor. (Click to see map.) Democrat Donna Laskinski defeated Barb Fuller in the Aug. 2 primary and will face Republican Randy Clark, who was unchallenged in the Republican primary. This seat is currently held by Democrat Gretchen Driskell, who is running for U.S. Congress in District 7. Click on each candidate's photo to learn more.
STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 53
OUTCOME: Yousef Rabhi prevailed in the Nov. 8 general election and was elected to serve in the Michigan House of Representatives for District 53.
District 53 covers the majority of the city of Ann Arbor. (Click to see map.) Since 2010 the seat has been held by Democrat Jeff Irwin, who is term-limited and can’t run for re-election.
Democrat Yousef Rabhi defeated Steven Kwasny in the Aug. 2 primary and will face two candidates on Nov. 8: Republican Samuel Bissell and Green Party candidate Joseph Stevens. Bissell was unchallenged in the Republican primary and Stevens did not compete in a primary election. Click on each candidate's photo to learn more.
STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 55
OUTCOME: Adam Zemke prevailed in the Nov. 8 general election and was re-elected to serve in the Michigan House of Representatives for District 55.
District 55 covers a small portion of northern Ann Arbor, as well as parts of Milan and Pittsfield Township and all of Augusta Township and York Township. (Click to see map.)
Incumbent Adam Zemke, a Democrat, was unchallenged in the Aug. 2 primary and will face Republican Bob Baird in the Nov. 8 general election. Click on each candidate's photo to learn more.