Hollier moves on in state Senate race in District 2
Adam Hollier, a former Mayor Dave Bing appointee, beat out his Democratic rivals to compete in November for the District 2 seat in the state Senate.
With all precincts reporting in the primary as of Wednesday morning, Hollier had 25.1 percent of the vote, which was ahead of the 20.9 percent of Abraham Aiyash, a former member of the Hamtramck Recycling Commission who founded the Halimah Project, an organization that mentors Lansing-area refugee children.
Embattled former state Rep. Brian Banks trailed in third at 17.1 percent, according to the unofficial results.
On the Republican side, Lisa Papas took 53.8 percent of the vote to John Hauler's 45.7 percent.
The seat was left vacant by Democratic Sen. Bert Johnson, a term-limited incumbent who pleaded guilty to federal theft and conspiracy charges. Many of the Democratic candidates were also running to fill out Johnson's term, which expires Jan. 1, with Hollier placing first.
Johnson of Highland Park resigned in March after pleading guilty to conspiring to steal more than $23,000 from taxpayers through a "ghost employee" on his Senate payroll.
The district includes parts of Detroit, Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Farms, Grosse Pointe Park, Grosse Pointe Woods, Hamtramck, Harper Woods, Highland Park and the Village of Grosse Pointe Shores.
Hollier came from behind after trailing Banks in early results.
"My team and I have worked hard since March 15 to connect with voters and share what my vision was for the second district and to address any concerns they may have about my past," Banks told The Detroit News Tuesday evening.
Banks resigned from the House in February 2017 as part of a plea deal in a criminal bank loan forgery case. He was accused of falsifying records in order to obtain a $3,000 bank loan in 2010.
Meanwhile, in Senate District 1, state Rep. Stephanie Chang scored a Democratic victory with 49.6 percent of the vote. Alberta Talabi, who was closely trailing in early returns, finished with 26.3 percent. The vote totals reflected all precincts reporting as of Wednesday morning.
Chang was considered the front-runner with endorsements from most unions including the United Auto Workers and Democratic elected officials.
The two-term representative has been the minority vice chair on the House Committee on Law and Justice, which passed sexual misconduct reforms in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal at Michigan State University.
She faces Republican Pauline Montie in the November election.