Voters hit the polls for primary elections Tuesday

Updated: Tuesday, August 5, 2014
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WEST MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - There are only a few hours left for candidates to campaign for Tuesday's primary elections.

Voters will be deciding who will be on the ballot in November's elections, and for voters in the Kalamazoo area, there are several contested races.

Newschannel 3 dug deeper and took a look at some of the decisions that voters will face.

In Kalamazoo, redistricting has put some familiar politicians running for new positions, and several candidates competing to fill their old seats.

The issue that will be in front of everyone in the state is Proposal One. It would get rid of the personal property tax businesses pay on equipment, but replace lost revenue to local governments.

The proposal has already been approved by the legislature.

For Kalamazoo voters, one of the most contested primaries is the House 60th District, where there are three Democrats seeking the nomination.

Jon Hoadley is one of four openly gay candidates for state legislature statewide. He faces longtime Kalamazoo County Commissioner David Buskirk and also Kalamazoo Township Trustee Pamela Goodacre.

They are all running for the seat left empty by Sean McCann who is now running for State Senate District 20.

He's not opposed in the primary, but current Representative Margaret O'Brien does have an opponent on the Republican side.

She faces Ron Zuiderveen, who has not held public office before and advocates for a part-time legislature.

There are several local governments and school districts with tax issues on the ballot, which could be impacted by what is expected to be low turnout.

"Usually for the kind of a primary its going to be between 15 and 25 percent, closer to 20 but we hope for a lot more," said Kalamazoo County Clerk Tim Snow. "I think we could get a little higher because of all the primaries on the ballot."

One of those decisions for voters in Schoolcraft is whether to approve a $14 million bond issue for the school district. It would allow the district to build a new middle school attached to the high school.

There are always some last-minute changes for election day, and this year proved no different.

For people who vote in Portage: If your polling place is Portage Northern or Portage Central High School, the locations will be moved.

You won't be voting in the gym Tuesday, but rather in another area of the school.

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