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GOP Primary for Haveman's State House Seat to be Contested


HUDSONVILLE, MI (WHTC) - There are at least two confirmed candidates for the Republican nomination in the 90th state House District.

Ottawa County Board Chairman and one-time Hudsonville Mayor Jim Holtrop filed his paperwork with the Michigan Secretary of State's office on Friday, and since he did submit a filing fee, his name will be on the August 5 Primary Ballot. He will be offically joined by construction company owner Bob Harmsen of Holland, who lost to Joe Haveman in the 2008 GOP primary to fill the seat of the term-limited Bill Huizenga; Joe Haveman is now term-limited after three two-year stints in Lansing.

Another announced candidate is Zeeland attorney Geoff Haveman, who has yet to have his paperwork noted on the Michigan Secretary of State's website as of Friday. 

The other vacant seat in the Lower Chamber from the Lakeshore in 2014 is Bob Genetski's 80th District spot that the Saugatuck educator must also vacate due to term limits. According to the Secretary of State's office, Cindy Gamrat of Plainwell and Mary Whiteford of South Haven have submitted their filing fees for the primary.

Two incumbents expected to run for reelection are Amanda Price of Park Township in the 89th District, who has already filed her paperwork in Lansing, and Roger Victory of Hudsonville in the 88th District, who has yet to officially submit his candidacy. 

No Democrat or third party candidate has emerged thus far for any of the state House seats representing Allegan or Ottawa counties.