State Senator Tonya Schuitmaker will not be on the ballot this fall for the first time in over a decade. The term-limited senator from Lawton fell short in her bid to be the Republican nominee for attorney general, with delegates at the Michigan Republican Party’s convention selecting state House Speaker Tom Leonard of Mt. Pleasant, instead. Schuitmaker handed out a 14-page document to delegates to outline her qualifications and go after Leonard’s positions on issues.
Leonard will face Democrat Dana Nessel in the race to succeed term-limited Attorney General Bill Schuette, who is the Republican gubernatorial nominee. Nessel was formally nominated in East Lansing on Sunday by Democrats, though she had been the presumptive nominee since this spring when she had more backing than former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan, Patrick Miles.