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General Election Overview: 61st House District

Oct 11, 2018

Through the general election on November 6, the MLC Blog will be highlighting races generally considered swing seats, ones either party could win because of the voter base.  Candidate’s website and professional information is listed when available.

 District Overview

The 61st House District is located in Kalamazoo County. It includes Oshtemo Township, Prairie Ronde Township, Schoolcraft Township, Texas Township, and a portion of Portage.


Representative Brandt Iden is running for his third term in office. This district has a 53% Republican base. However, despite the base numbers, in 2016 the district voted for Hillary Clinton.

Democratic Candidate:

  • Alberta Griffin – Founder and president of AGS Data Analytics Consulting, instructor and Thurgood Marshall Doctoral Fellow at Western Michigan University, former epidemiologist and public health coordinator for Calhoun County

Republican Candidate:

  • Brandt Iden – State Representative, president of Identity Management and Consulting, former Kalamazoo County Commissioner

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