McCready edges Tedder in state Senate District 12 GOP primary; Moss holds lead in Democratic District 11 race
In Senate District 12 in Oakland County, state Rep. Mike McCready, R-Bloomfield Hills, beat state Rep. Jim Tedder, R-Clarkston, in a close Republican primary.
McCready received 45.4 percent of the vote compared to 44.3 percent for Tedder. Far back were info-tech consultant Terry Whitney with 7.5 percent and retired construction exec Vernon Molnar with 3 percent.
In House District 44 in Oakland County, private investigator Matthew Maddock defeated three other candidates in the Republican primary.
A self-described Trump Republican, Maddock received 63 percent of the vote, followed by Lynn O'Brien with 19 percent, Matt Marko with 13 percent, and two other candidates with niggling amounts.
In Senate District 11 in Oakland County, state Rep. Jeremy Moss, D-Southfield, held a strong lead in the Democratic primary with two-thirds of the vote counted.
With 85 of 121 precincts reporting, Moss had 50 percent of the vote with Oak Park fashion entrepreneur Crystal Bailey receiving 22 percent and Southfield attorney Vanessa Moss getting 19 percent. Farmington Hills filmmaker James C. Turner had 9 percent.
In Senate District 11, the winner of the Democratic primary will face Republican Boris Tuman of Southfield in the general election in November.
They are seeking to replace state Sen. Vincent Gregory, D-Lathrup Village, who has been term-limited.
The district covers Southfield, Farmington Hills, Ferndale and Oak Park.
Moss, 32, who is serving his second term in Michigan's 35th House District, has been endorsed by AFSCME Council 25.
Moss had served on the Southfield City Council, where he had been the youngest person elected at age 25.
In the Senate 12th District, the four Republicans are trying to replace state Sen. Jim Marleau, R-Lake Orion, who was term-limited.
The winner will face Democrat Rosemary Bayer of Beverly Hills in the general election in November.
The district covers Pontiac, Auburn Hills and Bloomfield Township.
Tedder, 49, a former civics and history teacher, was endorsed by the Detroit Regional Chamber Political Action Committee.
Tedder said he's proud of the tax policy changes he's pushed in the House, including simplifying the state income tax dispute process and making it easier for small businesses to apply for personal property exemptions.
McCready, 57, a manufacturer's representative for commercial furniture companies, is a former member of the Bloomfield Hills City Commission.
As a state representative, McCready served on the House committee formed to help Detroit through its historic bankruptcy five years ago.
McCready said he would work to bring down the state's auto insurance rates, in part by cracking down on fraud and to repair aging roads.
Whitney, 42, of Clarkston, criticized Tedder and McCready for supporting the $1.2 billion road funding package, which raised gas taxes and registration fees in 2015.
Whitney said the money should come from spending cuts and called for a stern state audit that would identify wasteful spending.
Molnar, 64, of Auburn Hills, said his 30 years of work in heavy construction would help him find a long-term solution to the state's bad roads.
One of the more crowded races is the Republican primary in House District 44, which covers Waterford, Milford, White Lake and Highland townships.
Five Republicans are running for the spot, which is being vacated by state Rep. Jim Runestad.
The candidates are Matt Marko, who owns a real estate development and management firm, Lynn O'Brien, district affairs director for a state senator, Matthew Maddock, a private investigator and bail bondsman, April Guiles of Milford and Michael Mamut of Highland.
The winner of the Republican primary will run in the general election against the winner of the Democratic primary between Laura Dodd and Steven White Jr., both of Milford.
During the campaign, Marko, 60, said he would work to help businesses overcome their problem of not finding enough people with the desired skills to work.
O'Brien, 57, said the two biggest issues in the state are crumbling roads and skyrocketing auto insurance.
O'Brien urged that roads be fixed by a partnership between public and private entities, including the federal government contracting with the state to do maintenance and repair.
Maddock, 52, agreed with O'Brien that roads and auto insurance are the biggest challenges facing Michigan.
Maddock said the state should use warranties and better materials to ensure Michigan roads last longer.