4 state House races in Washtenaw County on Nov. 3 ballot

ANN ARBOR, MI — Washtenaw County’s four state House seats are all held by Democrats, three of whom are seeking re-election Nov. 3.

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All four Democrats running are heavily favored to win against Republican opponents in the Democratic-leaning districts.

The three incumbents, if re-elected, will be term-limited out of office at the end of 2022.

Here’s a quick look at the races, with links at the end to find out more information about the candidates.

Lasinski vs. Marquis

In the 52nd District covering the western area of the county, Rep. Donna Lasinski, D-Scio Township, faces Lima Township Republican Greg Marquis, a hazardous materials specialist for the University of Michigan.

Lasinski, a former Ann Arbor school board member, is seeking a third and final term.

Once considered a swing district, the seat has been held by Democrats the last eight years. Lasinski, first elected in 2016, was re-elected with over 60% of the vote against Republican Teri Aiuto in 2018.

Rabhi vs. Holland

In the 53rd District covering the majority of Ann Arbor, Rep. Yousef Rabhi is seeking a third and final term.

The Ann Arbor Democrat and former county commissioner was first elected to the state House in 2016 and re-elected in 2018 with 87% of the vote against Republican Jean Holland.

Holland, president of Blue Chip Consulting Inc., is now challenging Rabhi again.

Peterson vs. Church

In the 54th District, Rep. Ronnie Peterson, D-Ypsilanti Township, is seeking a third and final term. He faces Ypsilanti Republican Martin Church, an information technology specialist and owner of Father’s Educational Support Services.

The district includes the city of Ypsilanti, plus Superior and Ypsilanti townships.

Peterson, a former county commissioner, was first elected to the state House in 2016 and re-elected in 2018 with over 78% of the vote against Republican Colton Campbell.

Brabec vs. Baird

In the 55th District, County Commissioner Felicia Brabec, D-Pittsfield Township, is competing against Ann Arbor Township Republican Bob Baird, a small-government proponent with an accounting background.

The district includes the northern part of Ann Arbor, as well as Ann Arbor, Augusta, Pittsfield and York townships.

The seat is held by Rep. Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor, who won with 74% of the vote against Baird in 2018. Warren is now term-limited.

Baird is competing for a third time. In his first run in 2016, he lost to Rep. Adam Zemke, D-Ann Arbor, netting 30% of the vote.

Find out more:

MLive has partnered with the nonpartisan League of Women Voters of Michigan to provide information to voters.

Check out the league’s voter guide at Vote411.org/ballot to find information about candidates and issues on the ballot.

The league’s Ann Arbor chapter also is holding virtual candidate forums that will be posted on YouTube.


Early in-person voting at Ann Arbor city hall, UM campus starts Sept. 24

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