Mar 17, 2009

Fundraiser for the next state Senator from the 19th District on tap

If you’re going to be in Lansing for Wednesday’s hearing of the House Regulatory Reform Committee at noon for the discussion of the indoor smoking ban, plan on sticking around for the fundraiser for Rep. Martin Griffin, D-Jackson.

Griffin is an announced candidate for 19th District Senate seat vacated by U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer's, D-Battle Creek, election to the U.S. House. The fundraiser is set for 4:30 – 6 p.m. March 18 at the Governor’s Room at 121 W. Allegan, right next to the Farnum Building at Capitol and Allegan.

This election will be the first step in retaking the Senate in 2010, and the Senate Republicans have been the biggest obstacle to getting meaningful legislation passed. The filing deadline is May 12, the primary is Aug. 4, and the General Election is Nov. 3. So far, Griffin is the only official Democrat in the race.

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