Every seat in the Michigan state senate is up for election in 2018, and the majority of seats are open due to term limits. The senate has been run by more moderate Republicans, who have obstructed more conservative legislation passed in the state house. How conservative the senate is for the next four years will be determined by Republican primaries in August. Here are my recommendations for who to support in those primaries.
Recommended candidates are in bold. Their voting records can be found at MichiganVotes.org.
7. State rep Laura Cox is an establishment conservative who is a strong candidate in a vulnerable district. She is unopposed.
8. State rep Peter Lucido is a mixed bag who opposed Proposal 1 and an increased gas tax but also opposed right to work and electric choice and supported Hollywood subsidies. He faces former state rep Ken Goike, who opposed right to work, Common Core, Medicaid expansion, Proposal 1, and Hollywood subsidies, and supported a gas tax increase and electric choice.
10. Dr. Michael MacDonald seems to be the most credible candidate in a weak field. Michael Shallal has a history of questionable statements, and Joseph Bogdan is running a gadfly campaign.
12. State rep Jim Tedder is more conservative than average in the state house, opposing Hollywood subsidies and supporting an income tax cut, constitutional carry, and pension reform. He faces moderate state rep Michael McCready, who supported Common Core, Medicaid expansion, Proposal 1, Hollywood subsidies and opposed an income tax cut, constitutional carry and pension reform. Vernon Molnar and Terry Whitney are also running.