Sara Cambensy, Joe Derocha running in 109th special election

LANSING, Mich. (WLUC) - Two Democratic candidates were set to file paperwork Tuesday morning in Lansing to run in a special election for the 109th State House District seat.

The late John Kivela held the seat until he died earlier this month. Gov. Rick Snyder scheduled a special election to fill the remaining 13 months of Kivela's term.

Sara Cambensy and Joe Derocha each planned to file paperwork Tuesday morning at the Secretary of State office in Lansing.

The primary election is Aug. 8, 2017, and the general election is Nov. 7, 2017.

Candidates wishing to be on the primary ballot must file by Tuesday, June 6 at 4 p.m.

Sara Cambensy, who previously announced she would run for the seat in Nov. 2018, called it a bittersweet day.

"There is no doubt that our district is still healing from the unexpected passing of Representative John Kivela, and I am certain that it will still take some time to come to terms with losing a leader in the district," Cambensy said in a statement.

Cambensy is currently a member of the Marquette City Commission.

Derocha is on the Marquette County Board of Commissioners, representing District 2. He was previously the Humboldt Township Supervisor.

"I will continue to pursue legislation that promotes economic development that will provide high-quality jobs throughout the Upper Peninsula, work on energy policies that will stabilize energy rates, and increase school funding programs, including career technical education," Derocha said in a statement.

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