Memorial service for ex-Rep. Plawecki set for Saturday

Chad Livengood
Detroit News Lansing Bureau

Lansing — A memorial service is scheduled Saturday for state Rep. Julie Plawecki, who died last weekend from an apparent heart attack.

Plawecki’s memorial service is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Church of the Divine Child, 1055 N. Silvery Lane in Dearborn.

The Plawecki family is holding visitations from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the John N. Santeiu & Son Funeral Home, 1139 N. Inkster Road in Garden City.

An evening service is planned for 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Plawecki’s family is suggesting memorial donations to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen or Project Dignity Outreach, according to the funeral home.

Plawecki, 54, was a first-term Democratic legislator from Dearborn Heights. She was previously a teacher before being elected in 2014 to the 11th District seat in the Michigan House of Representatives.

Her death came after ballots had already been mailed out for the Aug. 2 primary.

Democratic precinct delegates will meet at 6 p.m. on July 7 at the Westland City Hall, 36300 Warren Road, to elect three delegates who will select a new candidate for the primary under a rarely used state law.

When the three selection delegates are elected, the panel will choose a new candidate that night, said Jonathan Kinloch, chairman of the 13th Congressional District Democratic Party Organization

Registered voters who reside in the 11th House District who are interested in running for the seat must submit a letter of interest and resume to Kinloch by 5 p.m. July 5 either by hand delivering a letter to 600 W. Lafayette in Detroit or emailing Kinloch at

Municipal clerks in Dearborn Heights, Inkster, Garden City, Westland and Livonia will reprint ballots for all precincts in the 11th House District after a new Democratic candidate is chosen, according to the Wayne County clerk’s office.

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