Robert Ficano's comeback appears stalled

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Robert Ficano’s attempted comeback has stalled, with the former Wayne County Executive firmly in last place with all but one precinct counted in the Wayne County Third Circuit judge race.

Robert Ficano.

Ficano, who is vying against seven others for one of four non-incumbent seats on the court’s bench, had captured only 7.8 percent of the vote as of Wednesday morning, with 99.91 percent of the precincts reporting, according to the Wayne County Clerk's Office.

Melissa Anne Cox, a Northville lawyer, was the top vote-getter with 15.3 percent of the vote, followed by 36th District Court Judge Wanda A. Evans with 14.9 percent; Kelly Ann Ramsey, a special assistant attorney general, with 13.6  percent; and Thomas John Hathaway, a lawyer, with 13.5 percent.

The winners of the race will serve six-year terms.

Ficano received the sixth-most votes among 21 candidates in the August primary to advance to Tuesday’s general election.

In 2014, Ficano lost his re-election bid for county executive amid a federal corruption probe. He noted he was never a target and was complimented for his cooperation in the investigation. While he was never charged, several of his aides were. Ficano also held office as Wayne County sheriff from 1983 to 2003.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy is seeking re-election, facing Libertarian candidate David Afton of Dearborn.

County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, a Democrat, was leading challenger Libertarian candidate David Afton of Dearborn with 83.6 percent of the vote. Worthy, the county’s prosecutor since 2004, was the lone top county official being challenged for her office.

Most other candidates for county offices won their Democratic primaries in August and had no competition on Nov. 8. Sheriff Benny Napoleon, Clerk Cathy Garrett, Treasurer Eric Sabree and Register of Deeds Bernard Youngblood were the sole candidates for new four-year terms in office.

Re-election bids for the majority of incumbents on the Wayne County Commission also had no opposition. Eleven of 15 county commissioners were unopposed. The only four vying against challengers are:

Tim Killeen, D-Detroit, was leading Republican challenger John Steininger for the seat representing the first district, with 69.3 percent of the vote. The district also covers the Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods.

Terry Marecki, R-Livonia, who was also ahead of Democrat Patrick Crandell in the county’s 9th District, with 59.8 percent of the vote. The district also covers the city of Northville and Northville Township.

In the 10th District, Joe Barone, R-Plymouth, was beating challenger and Canton Democrat Nate Smith-Tyge with 54.8 percent of the vote. The district covers the city of Plymouth as well as Plymouth and Canton townships.

Joe Palamara, D-Grosse Ile, was leading Ecorse Republican Patrick O’Connell in the 15th District. Palamara had 58.6 percent of the vote to O'Connell's 41 percent. The district also covers Gibraltar, River Rouge, Riverview, Southgate, Trenton and Wyandotte.

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