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Primary election turnout could be higher Tuesday in Branch County due to crowded State House race and numerous proposals

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - It’s a busy ballot tomorrow in Branch County for the August primary election.  There’s a trio of county-wide proposals in addition to voters having to choose between 7 candidates in the Republican runoff for the 58th District State House seat nomination to advance to the November general election which will decide who succeeds the term limited Ken Kurtz of Coldwater. The lone Democratic candidate is Amy Thomas.

There’s no primary in the 16th state senate district, as Republican Mike Shirkey  will face off this fall against Democrat Kevin Commet with the winner replacing Bruce Caswell, who is not seeking re-election. 

The ballot proposals in Branch County include a pair of renewals for Commission on Aging and the Branch Area Transit Authority while the third question covers a half mill increase for operations of the Branch District Library system. In the city of Bronson, there’s two proposals on the sale of city property while residents of the Bronson School district will say yes or no to a building and site sinking fund levy proposal.

At the federal level, the only primary on Tuesday for Branch County voters concerns Michigan’s Seventh Congressional District as incumbent Republican Tim Walberg is the heavy favorite against his GOP challenger Douglas North. The winner takes on Democrat Pam Byrnes in November. 

There could be a decent voter turnout tomorrow locally, but statewide, there are predictions it could be a record low showing at the polls, with one reason being the fact that no primaries are needed in the U-S Senate and Governor’s race and that’s the first time that has ever happened.