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Consider Oakland County political couples Crawford and Kowall in Novi and White Lake, respectively, where Republican Hugh Crawford is running for Mike Kowall's 15th District Senate seat. Crawford was elected in 2014 to the 9th District Oakland County Commission District after being term limited out of his 38th District House seat, which is now held by his wife, Kathy Crawford. Kowall, who is now running for Secretary of State, said his wife, Eileen – who had previously held his House seat (the 44th) and was also elected to the county board of commissioners after being term limited – won't be running for his seat in the Senate. She’s currently a Lansing lobbyist in addition to being a county commissioner. But there are some other Republicans who have their eye on Kowall's seat, now that they’re term-limited in the state House, including current White Lake Rep. Jim Runestad (44th District) and West Bloomfield Rep. Klint Kesto (39th District). Meanwhile Tea Party candidate Matt Maddock is expected to run for Runestad's seat. Former Oakland County assistant prosecutor Marsha Kosmowska is looking at Kesto’s seat.

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