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Primary Election Overview: 78th House District

Jun 28, 2022

Through the primary election on August 2 on the MLC Blog we will highlight races for which the primary is the key race due to the voter base.  Candidate’s website and professional information is listed when available.

District Overview

The 78th House District includes portions of Barry, Eaton, Ionia, and Kent Counties.


This seat has a solid 62.2% Republican base, making that primary race key to who will next represent this district in January. This newly drawn district is wide open, without an incumbent running for the seat. Two of the three candidates have experience running for public office on the local level.

Democratic Candidate:

Republican Candidates:

    • Christine Barnes – NRA instructor, former Eaton County Commissioner.
    • Ben Geiger – Barry County Commissioner, former legislative staffer, former assistant to Lt. Governor Brian Calley.
    • Gina Johnsen – Works in the healthcare industry.

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