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Primary results are in

Updated: Wednesday, August 6, 2014
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WEST MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The results are in from across West Michigan for Tuesday's primary elections.

It was a statewide victory for Proposal 1. It passed with 70-percent of voters saying "yes".

This means the state will start phasing out the personal property tax on commercial property and implement a mechanism for replacing the revenue stream to local governments.     

It was a win in the democratic primary for state Representaive and political newcomer Jon Hoadley.

He won the democratic nomination to represent the 60th Michigan House District Tuesday night over opponents David Buskirk and Pamela Goodacre.

We caught up with Hoadley after the results were in.

"I'm excited to serve Kalamazoo, and I'm really looking forward the next few months and making sure we make it over the finish line," said Hoadley.

The 60th District House seat is currently held by democratic state Rep. Sean McCann, who is running for the Michigan Senate.     

It includes the City of Kalamazoo, parts of Kalamazoo Township and the City of Portage.

Hoadley will face republican Mike Perrin in the November General Election.

"This was a big, big win tonight and I think we sent a message loud and clear. The people of this district want liberty," said Rep. Justin Amash.  "With the number of groups against me, this was a gigantic margin of victory and I think we're gonna send shockwaves across the country and definitely through D.C."

In the race for Congress, Justin Amash defeated small business owner Brian Ellis in the 3rd District Republican Primary.

But the victory celebration quickly turned from appreciation for his supporters to an attack on his republican opponent.

Amash not only lashed out at his opponent Brian Ellis, but he also called Pete Hoekstra a disgrace, telling him to fade into total obscurity.

Brian Ellis fought a very hard campaign against Amash, taking his message across the state with multiple attack ads, including endorsements from former Congressmen Pete Hoekstra, but it wasn't enough.

Amash won by a pretty large margin. In November, he will face off against democrat Bob Goodrich.

Amash told a crowd of supporters that his margin of victory will send shock waves across the country.

"Brian Ellis, you owe my family and this community an apology," said Amash.  "For your disgusting, despicable, smear campaign. You had the audacity to try and call me today after running a campaign that was called the nastiest in the country. Americans are taking back their government from the crooks and the cronies. They're taking back their government from the political elites, those so blinded by their arrogance that they thought they were gonna run this smear campaign and be successful."

Meanwhile, in Kalamazoo there was somewhat of a surprise victory. Jon Hoadley won the democratic nomination to represent the 60th state House District.

He moved to Kalamazoo in 2009 to help with the One Kalamazoo campaign, which helped pass the city's non-discrimination ordinance.

The 30-year-old also helped with other non-discrimination campaigns across the country and is a small business owner.

He told us his team knocked on nearly 30,000 doors during the campaign, getting in touch with the people of southwest Michigan to know what they want in Lansing.

"Ultimately this is about representing what people's needs and concerns," said Hoadley. "The other thing we are going to do is make sure we bring a message that's talking about our democratic values. To not only Kalamazoo and the 60th District, but southwest Michigan. Because there is so much at stake in Michigan right now that we really need to move that conversation forward, and that's why we have to win in November."

Hoadley will now go on to face republican Mike Perrin in the General Election.

In other election results, Schoolcraft voters said "no" to a $14-million school bond. It would have allowed the district to build a new middle school attached to the high school.

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