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Bill Farmer (Michigan)

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Bill Farmer
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Former candidate for
Michigan House of Representatives, District 63
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
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Bill Farmer was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 63 of the Michigan House of Representatives.[1][2]

Elections

2014

See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Michigan House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 5, 2014, and a general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 22, 2014. Bill Farmer was unopposed in the Democratic primary. David Maturen defeated Vic Potter in the Republican primary. Maturen defeated Farmer in the general election.[3][4][1][2]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 63 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Maturen 56.2% 16,718
     Democratic Bill Farmer 43.8% 13,023
Total Votes 29,741
Michigan House of Representatives, District 63 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Maturen 52.6% 3,915
Vic Potter 47.4% 3,521
Total Votes 7,436

2012

See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012

Farmer ran in the 2012 election for Michigan House of Representatives District 63. He ran unopposed in the August 7 Democratic primary and was defeated by incumbent Jase Bolger (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 63, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJames Bolger Incumbent 50.9% 22,196
     Democratic Bill Farmer 49.1% 21,440
Total Votes 43,636

Controversies

2012 election scandal

See Also: Jase Bolger controversy

Farmer's opponent in 2012, House Speaker Jase Bolger (R), was involved in a scandal after it was revealed that he arranged for Matt Mojzak to run as a Democrat against incumbent Roy Schmidt (R) in District 76 without mounting a campaign. Of the incident, Farmer said, "Speaker Bolger knowingly attempted to deceive the voters by making shady deals behind the scenes with Roy Schmidt. This was a blatantly political move to benefit the Republican Party.This isn’t how our democracy was meant to work." He further added, "We have lost too much under the leadership of Mr. Bolger. He has lead the passage of legislation which is robbing seniors' of their pensions, cut education funding, and cut benefits to public employees like teachers, firefighters, and police while simultaneously voting to extend their own benefits. And he is so determined to keep his agenda going that he’s willing to cut backroom deals to pull the wool over our eyes."[5]

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