For the Legislature, from Oakland County

The Detroit News

Residents in Oakland County face many legislative races with open seats, and thus the opportunity to elect a fresh group of lawmakers.

The following are our recommendations for the Legislature:

State House

District 26 (Madison Heights and Royal Oak): Incumbent Democrat Jim Townsend of Royal Oak is seeking his third term in the House, and he should get it. He's proven a reliable lawmaker. Townsend is challenged by Republican Greg Dildilian of Royal Oak, a newcomer to politics.

District 27 (Berkley, Ferndale, Hazel Park, Huntington Woods, Oak Park, Pleasant Ridge and Royal Oak Township): GOP contender Michael Ryan, a dentist from Berkeley, gets a slight nod over Democrat Robert Wittenberg, a licensed insurance agent from Oak Park.

District 29 (Auburn Hills, Keego Harbor, Orchard Lake Village, Pontiac and Sylvan Lake): Democratic incumbent and House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel of Auburn Hills should get a second term. Republican challenger David Lonier of Auburn Hills has not made a case for election.

District 35 (Lathrup Village, Southfield and Southfield Township):Jeremy Moss of Southfield beat out three other Democrats in August in an effort to fill a seat left open by two-term Democrat Rep. Rudy Hobbs. Moss, a Southfield councilman, brings political experience and gets our nod. Republican Robert Brim of Lathrup Village has a background in mechanical engineering.

District 37 (Farmington and Farmington Hills): Our choice is Republican Richard Lerner of Farmington Hills, a City Council member and former mayor pro tem. First-time candidate Democrat Christine Greig of Farmington has an impressive business background.

District 38 (Lyon Township, part of Northville, Novi, Novi Township, South Lyon and Walled Lake): Incumbent Republican Hugh Crawford was term limited, but residents have the opportunity to keep a candidate with the same last name. His wife Kathy Crawford of Novi is the best choice, with experience on the Novi City Council and Oakland County Board of Commissioners. On the Democratic ballot is Jasper Catanzaro of Novi.

District 39 (Commerce Township, part of West Bloomfield Township and Wixom): First-term GOP incumbent Klint Kesto of Walled Lake has done a fine job and should get another chance. Kesto was an assistant prosecuting attorney for Wayne County before taking office. He's challenged by Democrat Sandy Colvin of West Bloomfield.

District 40 (Birmingham, Bloomfield Township, Bloomfield Hills and part of West Bloomfield Township): Republican Michael McCready of Birmingham is a first-term incumbent and he should get a second term. McCready has put his strong background in politics and business to good use in the Legislature. He gets our support over Democratic candidate Mary Belden of West Bloomfield. Belden has a background in medical technology.

District 41 (Clason and Troy): Incumbent Republican Martin Howrylak of Troy should get a second term. Prior to the Legislature, he ran his own accounting firm and served on the Troy City Council. He's challenged by Democrat Mary Kerwin of Troy, who runs her own consulting company and is active in education and her community.

District 43 (Independence Township, Lake Angelus, Clarkston and part of Waterford Township): Republican incumbent Gail Haines is term limited. Our choice is Jim Tedder of Clarkston, who beat out four other Republicans in the primary. He is an administrator with Clarkston Community Schools and runs a disc jockey and entertainment business. His opponent is Democrat Dennis Ritter of Clarkston.

District 44 (Highland Township, Milford Township, Springfield Township, part of Waterford Township and White Lake Township): Our choice is Republican Jim Runestad of White Lake. He is an Oakland County commissioner. Runestad's opponent is Mark Venie of Davisburg.

District 45 (part of Oakland Charter Township, Rochester and Rochester Hills): GOP incumbent Tom McMillin is term-limited, and Republican candidate Michael Webber of Rochester Hills, who is a member of the Rochester Hills City Council, stands out for his knowledge of key issues. He faces Democrat Joanna VanRaaphorst of Rochester.

District 46 (Addison Township, Brandon Township, part of Oakland Charter Township, Orion Township and Oxford Township): Republican incumbent Brad Jacobsen is seeking his third term, and he should get it. He's facing a challenge from perennial candidate Democrat David Jay Lillis of Lake Orion.

State Senate

District 11 (Farmington, Farmington Hills, Ferndale city, Hazel Park city, Huntington Woods, Lathrup Village, Madison Heights, Oak Park, Pleasant Ridge, Royal Oak Township and Southfield): First-term incumbent Vincent Gregory of Lathrup Village is running in the new district. Gregory holds the positions of the associate president pro tempore and Democratic whip in the Senate Democratic Caucus. He gets our support over Republican Boris Tuman of Oak Park.

District 12 (Addison Township, Auburn Hills, Bloomfield Township, Clarkston, Independence Township, Keego Harbor, Oakland Township, Orion Township, Oxford Township, Pontiac city, Southfield Township and Sylvan Lake): First-term incumbent Republican Jim Marleau of Lake Orion gets our endorsement, because he has fresh ideas on taxes, roads and education. On the Democratic side is Paul Secrest of Bloomfield Hills, a retired Chrysler purchaser.

District 13 (Berkley, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Clawson, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Royal Oak and Troy): Republican Marty Knollenberg of Troy wants to replace term-limited GOP incumbent John Pappageorge, and he should get the opportunity. Knollenberg owns an insurance agency and has had political experience as a county commissioner and state representative. He's running against Democrat Clawson businesswoman Cyndi Peltonen.

District 14 (Atlas Township, Davison, Davison Township, Fenton, Grand Blanc, Grand Blanc Township, Mundy Township, Brandon Township, Fenton, Groveland Township, Highland Township, Holly Township, Lake Angelus, Rose Township, Springfield Township and Waterford Township): Incumbent Republican David Robertson of Grand Blanc, who served his first term in the 26th district and shifted to this district, should get a second term. His Democratic contender is retired small business owner Bobbie Walton of Davison.

District 15 (Commerce Township, Lyon Township, Milford Township, Northville, Novi, Novi Township, Orchard Lake, South Lyon, Walled Lake, West Bloomfield Township, White Lake Township and Wixom): Republican first-term incumbent Mike Kowall of White Lake gets our support for a second term. On the Democratic side is Michael Smith of White Lake.