Democrats begin process of filling ballot void after state lawmaker's death

Jun 28, 2016

State Rep. Julie Plawecki died suddenly last weekend in Oregon. She was 54.
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The sudden death of state Rep. Julie Plawecki last weekend left a vacancy on the August Democratic primary ballot. 

Plawecki was running unopposed in the 11th House District, which includes Dearborn Heights, Inkster and Garden City. 

Jonathan Kinloch, chair of the 13th Congressional District Democratic Party, says precinct delegates will meet next week to start the process of finding a new candidate.

"We want to do this process respectfully, and keep in mind that this is all about a loss of life and the loss of a great public servant," Kinloch said.

Under state law, precinct delegates will choose three delegates to pick the replacement candidate.

Kinloch says interested candidates have until July 5th to submit their information for consideration.