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Michigan Democratic Legislator Leaves Democratic Party, Becomes an Independent

Published on February 20, 2013, by in General.

According to this story, Michigan Representative John Olumba has declared that he is no longer a Democrat, and instead is now an independent. Michigan does not have registration by party, so there is no official method for any legislator to switch partisan affiliation other than a public declaration. Olumba is the first Michigan state legislator to be neither a Democrat nor a Republican, since the 1912-1914 session, when there were 17 Progressive Party state legislators in Michigan. If Olumba runs for re-election as an independent in 2014, he will have a tough campaign, because Michigan has a straight-ticket device. Thanks to Nicholas Madaj for the link.

2 Responses

  1. :-)

    Cool. But yeah, he’s got a tough reelection road ahead for him.

  2. johnO

    Should join the Green Party like the guy in Arkansas did. He will have more repect and have more influence as being the only Green in Michigan.

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