Whitmer sets special election for Flint-area House seat

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Flint-area voters will vote in January and March to fill a legislative seat left vacant by a lawmaker who was elected mayor of Flint.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday announced the dates for a special election to fill the 34th House district.

A special primary will be held Jan. 7. The general election will be March 10, the date of Michigan's presidential primary.

Democrat Sheldon Neeley resigned Monday less than a week after being elected Flint's mayor.

Whitmer says costs will be reduced by holding the general election on the date of an already scheduled election. People wishing to run for the seat must file by Nov. 19.