Michigan House of Representatives District 58

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Michigan House of Representatives District 58
Current incumbentKenneth Kurtz Republican Party
Gender51.1% Male, 48.9% Female
Race95.0% White, 1.8% Black, 1.4% Two or More Races, 1.0% Other, 0.4% Asian, 0.4% Native American
Ethnicity97.1% Non-Hispanic, 2.9% Hispanic
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Michigan's fifty-eighth state house district is held by Republican Representative Kenneth Kurtz.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 91,936 civilians reside within Michigan's fifty-eighth state house district.[1] Michigan state representatives represent an average of 89,851 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 90,349 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the Michigan House of Representatives serve two-year terms with term limits.[4] Michigan legislators assume office the at noon on first day of January.


Section 7 of Article 4 of the Michigan Constitution states, "Each senator and representative must be a citizen of the United States, at least 21 years of age, and an elector of the district he represents. The removal of his domicile from the district shall be deemed a vacation of the office. No person who has been convicted of subversion or who has within the preceding 20 years been convicted of a felony involving a breach of public trust shall be eligible for either house of the legislature."


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Michigan Legislature are paid $71,685/year. Legislators can use up to $10,800/year for expenses.[5]

Term limits

See also: State legislatures with term limits

The Michigan legislature is one of 15 state legislatures with term limits. Voters enacted the Michigan Term Limits Act in 1992. That initiative said that Michigan representatives are subject to term limits of no more than three two-year terms, or a total of six years.[4]

The first year that the term limits enacted in 1992 impacted the ability of incumbents to run for office was in 2002.


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

Whenever a vacancy occurs in the house, it is up to the Governor to call for a special election. A special election must be held during the next scheduled general election.[6] If the vacancy happened after the statewide primary, leaders of the respective party organizations within the Senate district can submit a list of nominees to be voted on by party leadership. A vote must be held no later than 21 days after the vacancy.[7]



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. Amaryllis Thomas was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Seven challengers ran in the Republican primary; Eric Leutheuser came in first, with Tim Haberl following. Leutheuser defeated Thomas in the general election.[8][9][10]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 58 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngEric Leutheuser 34.5% 3,252
Tim Haberl 24.9% 2,342
Brad Benzing 14.9% 1,407
Jeff Jacques 12.8% 1,202
Hal Nottingham 7.5% 704
Rochelle Ray 4.6% 430
Stephen Besson 0.9% 83
Total Votes 9,420


See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Michigan House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on August 7, 2012 and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for major party candidates wishing to run in this election was May 15, 2012. The deadline for independent candidates was July 19, 2012. The deadline for write-in candidates was July 27, 2012.[11] Incumbent Kenneth Kurtz (R) defeated Amaryllis Thomas (D) in the general election. Both candidates were unopposed in the August 7 primary elections.[12][13]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 58, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKenneth Kurtz Incumbent 69.8% 24,438
     Democratic Amaryllis Thomas 30.2% 10,565
Total Votes 35,003

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Michigan House of Representatives District 58 have raised a total of $489,038. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $24,452 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Michigan House of Representatives District 58
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $48,274 2 $24,137
2010 $22,214 1 $22,214
2008 $110,395 5 $22,079
2006 $67,110 1 $67,110
2004 $52,453 2 $26,227
2002 $139,525 6 $23,254
2000 $49,067 3 $16,356
Total $489,038 20 $24,452

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