August 5, 2014 at 1:00 am

Lucido narrowly captures 36th District House over Grot in Macomb

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A Shelby Township attorney has eked out a victory in the 36th District Michigan House of Representatives race in Macomb County.

With all precincts reporting, Peter Lucido had 4,753 votes, or 50.5 percent, to 4,650, or 49.5 percent, for opponent Stan Grot, the Shelby Township clerk.

Late Tuesday night, Grot said he wasn’t sure if he would seek a recount.

“We’ve got to see if it makes sense for us to ask for a recount,” he said.

Lucido could not be reached.

The race was the most expensive in Metro Detroit.

Lucido amassed $282,390 in campaign donations — including $165,000 of his own money. Grot raised $102,800, including $32,000 of his own money. The amount of Lucido’s own money he has invested is believed to be a record for a primary, and is more money than he could earn during a two-year term.

The winner will represent Bruce, Washington and Shelby townships.

Meanwhile, several other state Senate and House races in Macomb County were decided. With 100 percent of precincts reporting:

State Senate District 10: State Sen. Tory Rocca, R-Sterling Heights, prevailed over challenger Jake Null, of Macomb Township. Rocca captured 89.7 percent to Null’s 10.73 percent. Rocca will face Democrat Kenneth Paul Jenkins, of Macomb Township, in the fall.

State House District 22: Republican Jeff Bonnell, of Roseville, prevailed over Art Blundell, also of Roseville Bonnell won 56.1 percent to 43.9 percent.

In November, Blondell will face Democrat John Chirkun, who won the Democratic primary. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Chirkun, of Roseville, won 70 percent to 30 percent of his challenger, Gary McMenamin, of Warren.

State House District 28: Republican Beth Foster, of Center Line, beat challenger Gordon Dye, of Warren. Foster won 50.2 percent to Dye’s 49.8 percent. She will face Democrat Derek Miller, of Warren, in the fall.

State House District 30: Democrat Bo Karpinsky, of Sterling Heights, beat Joseph Bogdan, of Utica. Karpinsky won 70.2 percent, to Bogdan’s 29.8 percent. Karpinsky will take on state Rep. Jeff Farrington, R-Utica, in November.

State House District 31: State Rep. Marilyn Lane, D-Fraser, prevailed after a challenge from Kathy Blanke, also of Fraser, and Juliana Goldwater, of Clinton Township. Lane won with 69.8 percent to Blanke’s 18.4 percent and Goldwater’s 11.8 percent. Lane will have to face Phil Rode, of Fraser, in November.

State House District 24: State Rep. Anthony Forlini, R-Harrison Township, prevailed over a challenge from Republican Arzo Smith, of Macomb Township. Forlini won with 87.2 percent to Smith’s 12.8 percent. Forlini will face Democrat Philip Kurczewski in November.

■ There were no contested primaries for Republicans and Democrats in state Senate districts 8 and 9 as well as state House districts 18, 25, 32 and 33.
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