20th House District: Arbit tops Dem field, Mansour wins GOP nod

Carol Thompson
The Detroit News

Democrat Noah Arbit and Republican Albert Mansour will square off in the November general election after each won their party's nomination in Tuesday's primary election for the 20th House District in Oakland County. 

Arbit, 26, prevailed by a double digit margin, winning with 47% to 31% for Ken Ferguson and James Sklar, who received 22%.

Mansour, 43, won by a smaller margin over Diana Theresa Mohyi, 54% to 46%.

The newly designed 20th House district joined the Oakland County communities of West Bloomfield, Sylvan Lake, Orchard Lake, Keego Harbor and portions of Commerce and Bloomfield townships. The region previously had been split among multiple state house districts. 

The district leans blue, but Mansour said he believes a strong Republican turnout can lead to his win in November. His success will in part determine whether the state House will keep a GOP majority next term.

Arbit thanked his supporters from a stage at a Jewish community center in West Bloomfield as he declared victory Tuesday night. He promised to work hard for the Oakland County community in which he was raised as he heads to the Nov. 8 general election. 

Noah Arbit is a Democrat running for the 20th District state house seat in 2022.

Aligned with Democrats on major issues including support for gun control and reproductive rights, Arbit pitched voters a policy platform focused on strengthening Michigan's laws against hate crimes and improving residents' access to mental health services.

They are personal issues to Arbit, who has experienced anxiety and depression and is gay and Jewish — which means he is part of communities that have been targeted in mass shootings in the last decade.

Arbit contends those issues also resonate with voters in the 20th District.

"I'm running just as much to fix the things that I care about as I am to fix the things the community cares about," he told The Detroit News in July. "What's beautiful about this is it just so happens to be that they are aligned."

Arbit's platform and his "omnipresent" and informative campaigning helped sway Josh Bolton, 47, of Keego Harbor, to vote for him Tuesday. Bolton said Arbit's identity as a gay man also was an important factor in his vote.

"Our representatives should reflect the people that they represent," Bolton said. "I also think that having diversity among our elected officials is important as well." 

Albert Mansour is a Republican running for the 20th District State House seat in 2022.

Mansour, 43, lives in West Bloomfield and operates a real estate business in Commerce Township. He said his position as a small business owner, husband and father makes him a good, well-rounded representative of the 20th District.

He told The News in July that he wants to maintain the area's conservative status in Lansing. He said he is in favor of small government, described himself as a pro-life Catholic who believes abortion is wrong unless pregnancy threatens a woman's life, and believes in requiring stronger safety education and storage requirements for gun owners.

It was the pandemic shutdowns that ultimately motivated Mansour's foray into politics. He said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer overstepped her authority by having state health officials continue to issue pandemic health measures after courts determined she did not have the authority. 

"We needed to have somebody there who would stand up to that," he said in July. 

Mansour said governments, businesses and schools should not be allowed to mandate mask-wearing or vaccinations.