Eleven candidates to compete for Flint-area state House seat

Eleven candidates to compete for Flint-area state House seat

By Andrew Roth Last updated Nov 20, 2019 0Share

Eleven candidates are set to face off in a special election to fill the Michigan House of Representatives seat vacated by Sheldon Neeley after he was elected Flint mayor.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced on Thursday that a special primary election would be held to fill the seat on Jan. 7, 2020, followed by a special general election on March 10, 2020 – the day of Michigan’s presidential primary.

Candidates had until 5 p.m. Tuesday to enter the race.

Two members of the Flint City Council – Monica Galloway, who was elected council president on Nov. 12, and Santino Guerra – are running for the seat as Democrats.

Guerra previously announced that he would run for the seat in November 2020. Neeley would have been term-limited out of the House at the end of his term.

Cynthia Neeley, the wife of Sheldon Neeley, filed to run as a Democrat for her husband’s former seat last week.

Candice Mushatt, who served as a legislative aide to Neeley in the House and, later, as Flint’s public information officer under Karen Weaver, is also running for the seat as a Democrat.

Sean Croudy, Flint’s recreational director,  Charis Lee, an army veteran, Claudia Perkins-Milton, a General Motors retiree, and Sherwood Pea are also running as Democrats.

Two other Democratic candidates – Michael Clack, the son of former state Reps. Floyd Clack and Brenda Clack, and Vincent Lang – filed to run just hours before the Tuesday deadline.

Adam Ford is the lone Republican running to fill the seat.

The winner of the special election will serve the remainder of Neeley’s term in the House, which ends Dec. 31, 2020.

To win a full two-year term, they will have to run again in an Aug. 4, 2020 primary election and Nov. 3, 2020 general election.

A crowded campaign field grows in race to fill vacant state House seat

A crowded campaign field grows in race to fill vacant state House seat

A crowded campaign field grows in race to fill vacant state House seat

By Steve Carmody Nov 18, 2019 ShareTweetEmail Candice Mushatt checks her phone before formally announcing her candidacy for the vacant 34th district state house seat. Credit steve carmody / Michigan Radio

Flint’s former city spokeswoman is joining a crowded field of candidates to fill a vacant state House seat.

Sheldon Neeley resigned from his State House 34th District seat, after winning this month’s Flint mayoral election.

Enter Candice Mushatt, who served as a spokeswoman for former Flint Mayor Karen Weaver. She was also a legislative aide to the man who replaced Weaver, current mayor Sheldon Neeley.

Mushatt is now a candidate to serve out the year remaining on Neeley’s state House term.

“You need someone who can step in there. Hit the ground running,” Mushatt told reporters outside Flint city hall Monday. “Because they already know the culture of Lansing and how it works.”

Mushatt joins more than a half-dozen candidates for a special election to fill Neeley’s old seat. Some of whom she knows quite well. 

The field includes Mayor Neeley’s wife, Cynthia, and two Flint city council members, Monica Galloway and Santino Guerra.

Candidates must file by Tuesday. The primary is in January. The winner will be decided in March.

Flint’s former public information officer joins race for state representative

Flint’s former public information officer joins race for state representative

Flint’s former public information officer joins race for state representative


by Madeline CiakMonday, November 18th 2019Flint’s former public information officer Candice Mushatt has just announced that she’s joining the race for state representative. (WEYI)

FLINT, Mich., — Flint’s former public information officer Candice Mushatt has just announced that she’s joining the race for state representative.

She would be the representative of the 34th District, which includes Flint.

She adds that she has experience, working at both local and state levels.

Sheldon Neeley most recently held that position, and has since been elected to be Flint’s new mayor.

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t was reported that Neeley’s wife, Cynthia recently field paperwork to run as a Democrat for the 34th District in the special primary election set to take place in January 2020.