- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A criminal defense lawyer who also serves on the Grand Rapids school board is advancing in his bid to succeed a state lawmaker who stepped down to become chairman of the Michigan Democratic Party.

David LaGrand, a Democrat, defeated Democratic challenger Michael Scruggs in Tuesday’s special primary election. He will face Republican Blake Edmonds in the March general election. Edmonds ran unopposed.

Because the 75th House District is heavily Democratic, LaGrand will be favored to succeed former Rep. Brandon Dillon, who resigned in August.

LaGrand co-owns a law firm and has founded other small businesses in the area.

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