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These are key races to watch in Michigan's Aug. 4 primary election

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Posted at 11:41 AM, Jul 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-03 07:12:31-04

(WXYZ) —
The 2020 Michigan Primary election is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 4 and there are several important races going on throughout metro Detroit.

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Several Republicans are looking to get nominated to take on Democratic incumbents in House seats that flipped from red to blue in 2018. There are also races to nominate people for Oakland County Executive after L. Brooks Patterson's death and Macomb County Prosecutor after Eric Smith resigned.

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Check out some of the races below.

Republican nominee for Michigan's 8th Congressional District

Candidates: Mike Detmer Alan Hoover Paul Junge Kristina Lyke
These four are vying to face off against incumbent Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin. In 2018, Slotkin beat incumbent Rep. Mike Bishop and flipped the seat from Republican to Democrat – one of two in Michigan that flipped.

Republican nominee for Michigan's 11th Congressional District

Candidates: Frank Acosta Kerry Bentivolio Carmelita Greco Eric Esshaki Whittney Williams Eric Sandberg (Write-in)

These six Republicans are looking to flip the other Congressional seat in Michigan back to red after Democrat Haley Stevens defeated Lena Epstein in 2018. The seat was held by Dave Trott who decided not to seek re-election in 2018. Bentivolio, who is one of the candidates running, served in the seat from 2013-2015.

Democratic nominee for Michigan's 13th Congressional District

Candidates:
Rashida Tlaib (incumbent)
Brenda Jones

Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones is looking to unseat Rep. Tlaib after her first term in Congress. Jones, who won a special election in 2018 to fill the seat vacated by John Conyers, lost the regular election to Tlaib and served from Nov. 2018 through Jan. 2019 in Congress.

Democratic nominee for Oakland County Executive

Candidates:
Andy Meisner
Dave Coulter

Meisner, who is the Oakland County Treasurer, and Coulter, who was appointed Oakland County Executive, are vying for the nominee for the partial term that would end Dec. 31, 2020, and the next 4-year term.

Republican nominee for Oakland County Executive

Candidates:
Mike Kowall
Jeffrey G. Nutt

Both are looking to get nominated to unseat Coulter, who was appointed executive after L. Brooks Patterson died, and get on the ballot to run for the 4-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2021.

Democratic nominee for Macomb County Prosecutor

Candidates:
Mary A. Chrzanowski
Saima Khalil
Tom Rombach
Jodi Switalski
Eva Tkaczyk

These five are looking to become the new Macomb County Prosecutor after Eric Smith resigned. Smith was charged with multiple crimes in connection with the spending of forfeiture funds controlled by his office.

Republican nominee for Macomb County Prosecutor

Candidates:
Richard John Goodman
Peter J. Lucido

These two are looking to become the new Macomb County Prosecutor after Eric Smith resigned. Smith was charged with multiple crimes in connection with the spending of forfeiture funds controlled by his office.

Democratic nominee for Wayne County Prosecutor

Candidates
Victoria Burton-Harris
Kym L. Worthy (incumbent)

The winner of this race will be unopposed in the November general election. Worthy, who is the current prosecutor, is facing a challenge from a progressive candidate in Burton-Harris, who has had several high-profile endorsements.