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Carmella Sabaugh has decided not run for re-election this year, ending a six-term career as Macomb County Clerk and Register of Deeds.

Sabaugh called her decision to retire “extremely difficult.”

“After 23 years, I am still passionate about going to work and serving the people of Macomb County,” Sabaugh said in a statement.

She, 77, added that her health is good and she wants to spend retirement with her children and grandchildren. She started out in politics as a Warren City Councilwoman in 1975.

Sabaugh said she has endorsed Democrat Fred Miller, a county commissioner and former state representative, to succeed her.

Miller “is the best and strongest person to keep the office moving forward,” she said. He has a strong pro labor record and respects the collective bargaining process used by my employees, she added.

Others running for the position in the August primary are Democrats Paul Wojno and Denise Doherty and Republicans Sylvia Grot, Debera Guenther, Karen A. Spranger and Julie Ann Williams.

Sabaugh cited a number of changes she made in the clerk’s office, including evening hours, online campaign finance disclosure, free transportation for jurors, veteran voter ID cards, and credit card and wireless payments.

“I thank the voters for giving me the wonderful opportunity to serve,” she said.

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