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Election News From Around The Rest Of The State Of Michigan

Nov 9, 2016

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Here are the latest results of other races that occurred in the state of Michigan.

Justice Larsen wins 2-year Supreme Court term

DETROIT (AP) - Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen has won a partial term on the state's highest court.

Larsen defeated Wayne County Judge Deborah Thomas and lawyer Kerry Morgan in the election Tuesday.  She was appointed to the court in 2015 and now will serve the two years remaining in the term of a justice who resigned.

Larsen was nominated by the Republican Party.  She was a University of Michigan law professor when she was appointed by GOP Gov. Rick Snyder.  She worked at the U.S. Justice Department earlier in her career and was a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Thomas was nominated by the Democratic Party, although party affiliation isn't listed in court races.  It was her second run for the state Supreme Court.

US Rep. Candice Miller wins county public works post

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Candice Miller is returning to Michigan as Macomb County public works commissioner after a tough campaign for the little-known office.

Miller, a Republican, defeated the Democratic incumbent, Anthony Marrocco, in the Detroit-area county Tuesday.

Marrocco's campaign spent about $2 million through October, while Miller's campaign spent $670,000.  They ran TV ads targeting each other's ethics and priorities.

The public works commissioner has authority over the county's stormwater drain system and wastewater disposal.

Miller didn't seek re-election after 14 years in Congress.  Many people questioned why she was running for a local office, but Miller said she wanted to return home and improve water quality, especially in Lake St. Clair.  She got her start in local government.

Miller has been mentioned as a possible candidate for governor in 2018.

Judge seeking to beat age limit loses in Livingston County

HOWELL, Mich. (AP) - A judge seeking to get around Michigan's age limit by challenging another judge has lost an election in Livingston County.

But Carol Sue Reader won't be out of a job.  She'll still remain on the county's District Court through 2018.

Reader challenged fellow Judge L. Suzanne Geddis in the election Tuesday.  Geddis was elected to another six-year term by a comfortable margin.

Under the Michigan Constitution, judicial candidates can't run if they're 70 or older.  That restriction disqualifies Reader in 2018, so she tried to get Geddis' seat before hitting the age limit.

Geddis said it all seemed "greedy."  The judges appeared together during the final weeks of the campaign season, sparring over temperament and other issues.

Patterson elected to 7th term as Oakland County executive

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) - L. Brooks Patterson has been elected to his seventh term as executive of Michigan's second-largest county.

The Republican Patterson defeated Democrat Vicki Barnett in Tuesday's general election.  He has been executive of the county north of Detroit since 1993.

Barnett is former mayor of Farmington Hills.

Patterson has boasted Oakland County's low unemployment rate of about 3.5 percent and a per capita personal income of about $60,000.

In 2012, he was in a car wreck that put him in a coma for 17 days.  He wasn't wearing a seatbelt in the crash and was fined.

Patterson has said he was "stupid" for not wearing a seat belt.  His driver was made a quadriplegic from the crash.

Michigan woman gets wish; loses school board election bid

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. (AP) - Bridget Smith wanted voters not to elect her to Frankenmuth's school board -- and they didn't.

Smith filed earlier this year to run for one of three four-year terms on the school board, but afterward was hired to serve as Frankenmuth's city manager.

When she was being hired by the Bavarian-themed community about 75 miles northwest of Detroit, Smith indicated that she would drop her school board bid.  But the deadline to withdraw had passed and her name remained on Tuesday's ballot.

She encouraged voters not to cast ballots for her and Smith placed last among the four candidates.

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