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Editorial: Our choices in Macomb County

The Detroit News

The hottest race in Macomb County, and perhaps in the state, is for the mundane office of public works commissioner. Republican Rep. Candice Miller, who is retiring from Congress after seven terms, is challenging longtime incumbent Anthony Marrocco, a Democrat.

Miller says the public works department is rife with cronyism and self-dealing, charges that are supported by Mark Hackel, the Democratic county executive who is endorsing Miller.

We agree that change would be healthy for the department. Miller has a record in Congress of being a straight shooter. We endorse Candice Miller.

For Sheriff, incumbent Democrat Anthony Wickersham deserves another term over perennial candidate Republican Paul Smith.

We prefer Democrat Fred Miller of Mount Clemens over Republican Karen Spranger of Warren for clerk. And for treasurer, Republican LarryRocca is the better choice over Democrat Derek Miller.

In the county commission races, we recommend the following:

District 1 (Warren): Incumbent Democrat Andrey Duzyj should be returned over Republican Danita Buchholtz-Feirstein of Warren.

District 2 (All of Center Line and parts of Warren): None of incumbent Democrat MarvinSauger’s opponents have mounted a serious campaign. Sauger should be returned.

District 3 (all of Eastpointe, all of Macomb portion of Grosse Pointe Shores, parts of Warren and St. Clair Shores): Incumbent Democrat Veronica Klinefelt, Eastpointe, has a wealth of experience and should be re-elected over Republican Ryan Hurd of St. Clair Shores.

District 4 (Southern and eastern Sterling Heights): Sterling Heights Mayor Pro Tem Joseph Romano, a Republican, should be elected over Democrat Liz Sierawski of Sterling Heights.

District 5 (Northern Sterling Heights): We see no reason to unseat incumbent Democrat Robert Mijac. Sterling Heights Republican Roger Lonsway, a bank regulator for the state of Michigan, is challenging him.

District 6 (all of Utica and parts of Shelby Township): Incumbent Republican James Louis Carabelli, Shelby Township, deserves another term. Carabelli brings experience and sound financial judgment to the board. The incumbent is challenged by Democrat Ken Reid, also of Shelby Township.

District 7 (Macomb portion of Memphis, city of Richmond, all of Armada, Bruce, Ray, Richmond and Washington townships and part of Shelby Township): As an incumbent who has served as chairman of several committees, Don Brown of Washington Township has earned another term. His challenger is Democrat Patricia Leitzel of Romeo.

District 8 (Lenox and Chesterfield townships, New Haven, and New Baltimore): Republican Phil Kraft of New Baltimore earned our endorsement by pledging to cut spending. Democrat Paul Esposito of Chesterfield Township did not respond to our survey.

District 9 (Part of Macomb Township, Mount Clemens, and Clinton Township): Neither the Mount Clemens Democrat Elizabeth Ann Lucido nor the Republican Douglas Trost of Clinton Township returned our survey. We decline to endorse in this race.

District 10 (St. Clair Shores and Harrison Township): Macomb County Republican Party Chairwoman Linda Burns Torp should be elected over Democrat Robert Leonetti of Harrison Township.

District 11 (all of Fraser and Roseville): Republican Mark Henry, of Fraser, should be elected over incumbent Democrat Kathy Tocco, also of Fraser.

District 12 (Clinton Township): Republican and former Health One Credit Union CEO James Perna was ousted by the Department of Insurance and Financial Services because the credit union was “operating in an unsafe and unsound condition.” Incumbent Democrat Bob Smith is a better choice.

District 13 (Macomb Township): Macomb Township Republican Leon Drolet, an activist, should be elected over Democrat Martha O’Kray, also of Macomb Township.

In the competitive Circuit Court race, four candidates are running for two open seats. The best choices are Teri Lynn Dennings, an experienced civil litigator who has worked for some of the top law firms in Michigan, and Michael Servitto, an assistant Macomb County prosecutor highly familiar with the workings of the local justice system.