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Elections set to fill seat vacated by Macomb treasurer

The Detroit News

The election to replace former state Rep. Derek Miller will be Nov. 8, the governor’s office announced Wednesday.

Miller stepped down from his seat in the Legislature Feb. 1 after being chosen as Macomb County treasurer.

Special elections to fill his 28th District seat will correspond with previously scheduled elections: The Aug. 2 primary and Nov. 8 general. That means the person who wins the special election in November to serve the remaining seven weeks of Miller’s two-year term could be different from the person who wins the general election and a two-year term that begins in January.

The 28th District covers the city of Center Line and part of Warren.

“This timing gives voters plenty of opportunity to research the candidates and decide who will represent them next in Lansing,” Gov. Rick Snyder said in a statement.

Republican and Democratic candidates must file by 4 p.m. April 19 to be placed on the primary ballot. Independent candidates have until 4 p.m. July 21 to file petitions.

Miller, 32, a former assistant prosecutor, was chosen from among three candidates to succeed Ted Wahby, who died in December. He was treasurer for 20 years. Miller will serve the remainder of Wahby’s term, which ends Dec. 31.

Miller is the third generation of his family to serve Macomb County in office. His grandfather, Art Miller, was Warren's first mayor in 1957. His grandmother, Edna Miller, was the first woman elected to the position of Macomb County clerk. His father, Art Miller Jr., served in the Michigan Senate for 26 years.

Miller earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Michigan State University and a doctorate from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.