Allegan commissioner to run for Gamrat seat

Posted at 1:34 PM, Sep 14, 2015

HOLLAND, Mich. - Another candidate has thrown their hat in the ring for the special election in Michigan's 80th District.

Jim Storey, an Allegan County Commissioner, announced Monday morning that he will run in the special primary election to be held in November to fill former Representative Cindy Gamrat's seat.  Gamrat was expelled from the state house last week after covering up her affair with fellow Representative Todd Courser.  Courser resigned from the house the same day.

The governor's office declared that a primary election for those wanting to fill the vacant seat would be held on November 3, 2015 and the general election would be in March of 2016.  Candidates wishes to be on the November ballot have to have their forms in to the Secretary of State by Friday, September 18.

Storey is in his second term as an Allegan commissioner and represents the city of Holland the townships of Fillmore, Heath, and Overisel.

In August, Mary Whiteford, who lost in the primary election to Cindy Gamrat in 2014, announced that she would run against Gamrat in 2016 or if there were to be a special election soon, anticipating Gamrat having to leave the House of Representatives.