Michigan House of Representatives District 85

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Michigan House of Representatives District 85
Current incumbentBen Glardon Republican Party
Gender50.7% Female, 49.3% Male
Race95.2% White, 1.6% Two or More Races, 1.2% Black, 0.9% Asian, 0.6% Other, 0.5% Native American
Ethnicity97.4% Non-Hispanic, 2.6% Hispanic
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Michigan's eighty-fifth state house district is held by Republican Representative Ben Glardon.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 90,341 civilians reside within Michigan's eighty-fifth 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 will take place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 5, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 22, 2014. Annie Braidwood was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Ben Glardon defeated George Sode in the Republican primary. Roger Snyder is running as a Libertarian candidate.[8][9]


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.[10] Incumbent Ben Glardon (R) defeated Paul Ray (D) and independent candidate Matthew Shepard in the general election. Both party candidates were unopposed in the August 7 primary elections.[11][12]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 85, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBen Glardon Incumbent 53.6% 23,185
     Democratic Paul Ray 39.9% 17,278
     Independent Matthew Shepard 6.5% 2,803
Total Votes 43,266

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Michigan House of Representatives District 85 have raised a total of $1,117,633. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $46,568 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Michigan House of Representatives District 85
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $105,607 3 $35,202
2010 $225,156 6 $37,526
2008 $36,495 2 $18,248
2006 $91,560 2 $45,780
2004 $327,531 6 $54,589
2002 $131,358 2 $65,679
2000 $199,926 3 $66,642
Total $1,117,633 24 $46,568

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