Bill addresses what happens when candidate dies
Fri, 30 Aug 2013 10:04:42 GMT —
A Michigan lawmaker is looking to change what happens if a candidate for office dies before the general election.
Democratic Rep. Sean McCann of Kalamazoo says his legislation announced Thursday honors his predecessor Robert Jones, a state representative who died of cancer in 2010 while running for the Michigan Senate.
McCann says Jones' death just 16 days before the November 2010 election made it difficult for a replacement candidate to be selected and run a real campaign.
Under the bill, when a candidate dies between the primary and general election, the election would be postponed until the next regularly scheduled election.
The 2010 Senate race was expected to be close. But after Jones died, Republican Rep. Tonya Schuitmaker of Lawton easily beat Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell, Jones' replacement.