Primary 2018: Moving across the Capitol

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There are some state lawmakers who took the first steps to moving across the Capitol from the House of Representatives to the Senate chamber.

The Republican primary for the State Senate 22nd District had State Representative Lana Theis of the 42nd House District leading Joseph Marinaro by a 3-to-1 margin with more than 80 percent of the vote counted. They ran to replace incumbent Joe Hune, who is term-limited out of office after eight years.

Theis is not the only state representative wanting to make the move to the other legislative chamber.

In the Republican State Senate 24th District primary current state representatives Tom Barrett and Brett Roberts squared off.

With more than 65 percent of the vote counted Barrett held a commanding 3-to-1 lead over Roberts.

Barrett, 37,  was first elected to the State House representing the 71st District in 2014. He defeated the incumbent Democrat by 148 votes.

Brett Roberts is also a first term state representative, elected in 2014 to serve the 65th District in Eaton Township.  He is a sixth-generation farmer and owns a small business in Charlotte.

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