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Northern Michigan election results

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104th Race

John Roth will be the republican candidate for Grand Traverse County’s state house seat.

According to unofficial results he beat fellow republican Heather Cerone (SIR-oh-knee) in yesterday’s (Tuesday) primary.

Roth will go up against Democrat Dan O’Neil in the general election in November.

Sources on both sides of the aisle say the race could determine who controls the state house.

GT Sheriff

Grand Traverse County Sheriff Tom Bensley will run for re-election against Greg Hall this November.

Bensley won his primary handily yesterday (Tuesday) while Hall ran unopposed as a democrat.

Bensley has been county sheriff since 2008.

Hall has described himself as an “activist” and has criticized the treatment of prisoners in the county jail.

Local ballot proposals

Many local ballot proposals went to a vote yesterday (Tuesday) too.

According to unofficial results a millage proposal for Suttons Bay Schools passed.

107th Race

John Damoose easily won a crowded Republican primary in Michigan's 107th state house district yesterday (Tuesday).

He took more than 56 percent of the vote running against six other contenders.

Damoose, from Harbor Springs will face Democrat Jim Page from Sault Ste Marie in November.

The 107th is now represented by speaker of the house Lee Chatfield who is term limited.

1st Congressional Race

Democrat Dana Ferguson will challenge Congressman Jack Bergman this fall in Michigan's First Congressional District race.

Ferguson is a carpenter from Negaunee in the Upper Peninsula.

He took nearly two-thirds of the vote yesterday (Tuesday) in a primary race against Linda O'Dell according to unofficial results.

Michigan’s 1st Congressional District includes all of the UP and reaches down to Traverse City and Manistee.

Incumbent Republican Jack Bergman is seeking a third term.

Bergman won reelection in 2018 by about 13 points.

101st House Race

Republican Jack O'Malley beat a conservative challenger in yesterday's GOP primary with more than 85 percent of the vote.

Carolyn Cater accused O'Malley of aligning with Governor Whitmer and not being fiscally conservative.

O'Malley will face Democrat Beth McGill Rizer in the general election in his bid for a second term for Michigan's 101st state house seat.

The 101st district includes Mason, Manistee, Benzie and Leelanau Counties.