Endorsement: For state Legislature from Oakland County

The Detroit News

Oakland County voters will be replacing many of their state lawmakers this year because of term limits, and all the legislative seats are on the ballot. Here are our recommendations for the state House and Senate in the Nov. 6 election.


District 11 (Southfield, Farmington Hills, Oak Park): Current Democratic state Rep. Jeremy Moss is seeking to win this seat, vacated by term-limited Sen. Vincent Gregory, a Democrat. He’s the best choice in this race. Republican Boris Tuman of Southfield and Libertarian James Young of Southfield are also running.

District 12 (Auburn Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Oxford, Lake Orion): Republican Mike McCready, who is term-limited in the House, wants to move to the Senate, and he gets our vote. Current GOP Sen. Jim Marleau is term-limited. He is challenged by Democrat Rosemary Bayer of Beverly Hills and Libertarian Jeff Pittel of Bloomfield Hills.

District 13 (Berkley, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Clawson, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Royal Oak and Troy): Republican incumbent Marty Knollenberg of Troy wants a second term, he should get in. Democrat Mallory McMorrow of Royal Oak, a political newcomer who has a background in product design and advertising, is running a strong campaign.

District 14 (Holly and vicinity): Republican Ruth Johnson, the current secretary of state, isn’t ready to give up politics. We think she’s the best choice in this race to replace GOP Sen. David Robertson. Johnson faces Democrat Renee Watson of Grand Blanc, a small business counselor with a record of working in her community. Green Party candidate Jessica Smith of Waterford is also running.

District 15 (Novi, White Lake, Commerce, West Bloomfield): Republican Jim Runestad of White Lake, currently a state representative, wants to take over for term-limited GOP Sen. Mike Kowall. He should get the job. Democrat Julia Pulver of West Bloomfield, a registered nurse, opposes him.


26th District (Madison Heights, Royal Oak): Democratic incumbent Jim Ellison of Royal Oak wants a second term, and he should get it. The former mayor of Royal Oak is experienced in politics and the needs of his community. He faces Republican Al Gui of Madison Heights, who has run unsuccessfully for other offices in the past.

"Oakland County will be replacing many of its state lawmakers this year because of term limits, and all the legislative seats are on the ballot."

27th District (Hazel Park, Huntington Woods, Oak Park): Robert Wittenberg of Huntington Woods is the Democratic incumbent, and he is running for his third term. He seems to have served his district well, and should keep his seat. Republican Janet Flessland of Huntington Woods and Libertarian Benjamin Carr of Oak Park are challenging him.

29th District (Auburn Hills, Pontiac, West Bloomfield Township): This race to fill the seat vacated by term-limited Democratic Rep. Tim Greimel leaves a lot to be desired. Our nod goes to Republican Timothy Carrier of Auburn Hills, who owns a home improvement business, over Democratic community activist and school board member Brenda Carter of Pontiac.

35th District (Southfield, Lathrup Village, Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms, Franklin): Incumbent Democrat Jeremy Moss isn’t running again in lieu of a bid for state Senate. Southfield Democrat Kyra Harris Bolden, an attorney who is committed to her community, is our choice over Republican realtor Theodore Alfonsetti III of Southfield.

37th District (Farmington, Farmington Hills): Republican Mitch Swoboda of Farmington Hills faces Democratic incumbent Christine Greig of Farmington. Greig is running for her third term, and she should get it. Her focus is on education and economic security.

38th District (Novi, Northville, Walled Lake): Republican incumbent Kathy Crawford of Novi wants a third term, and she gets our support. She is challenged by Democrat Kelly Breen, a lawyer and Novi City Council member. Libertarian Brian Wright of Novi is also running.

39th District (Commerce, West Bloomfield, Walled Lake): Republican Ryan Berman, an attorney from Commerce Township, is the best choice to replace term-limited GOP Rep. Klint Kesto. He has a decent grasp of the issues facing the state. Also still on the ballot is Democrat Jennifer Suidan of Wolverine Lake, who has been charged with embezzling more than $100,000 from Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner’s campaign. Her legal troubles came to light too late to remove her name from the ballot. Libertarian Anthony Croff of West Bloomfield is running as well.

40th District (Bloomfield Hills, Birmingham):  Incumbent Republican Rep. Michael McCready is term limited. To replace him, we like GOP contender David Wolkinson of Birmingham. The attorney and businessman has a strong resume, with political experience. He faces Birmingham native Mari Manoogian, who has spent time as a state department and congressional staffer.  

41st District (Troy): Republican incumbent Martin Howrylak is term limited. Our vote goes to Doug Tietz of Troy. The Republican has a solid record in government. He currently serves on the Oakland County Commission and was previously on the Troy City Council. Tietz faces Democrat Padma Kuppa, an engineer from Troy.

43rd District (Clarkston and vicinity): Republican incumbent Jim Tedder is forgoing a third term for a shot at the state Senate. We think Republican Andrea Schroeder, who has served as a trustee on the Independence Township board and who is a small business consultant, is the best choice to fill this seat. She faces Nicole Breadon, a Clarkston community organizer who is passionate about helping families with special needs children.

44th District (Milford, White Lake, Highland, Waterford): Incumbent Republican Jim Runestad is leaving the House to run for the Senate. We give a slight nod to GOP contender Matt Maddock of Milford, who is past president of the Michigan Professional Bail Agents Association and a conservative activist. He faces a strong challenger in Democrat Laura Dodd of Milford Township, who has is active in her community and has worked as a consultant with a variety of nonprofits.

45th District (Rochester and vicinity): Republican incumbent Michael Webber of Rochester Hills seeks a third term and he should get it. He faces far-left Democrat Kyle Cooper of Rochester.

46th District (Oxford, Lake Orion): Incumbent Republican Rep. John Reilly of Oakland Township should get a second term in office. Mindy Denninger, an automotive engineer from Oxford, is challenging him.

51st District (Swartz Creek, Fenton, Flushing, Linden): Republican Rep. Joseph Graves is term-limited. We think Republican Mike Mueller of Linden should replace him. Mueller served in the Navy and currently works with the Livingston County Sheriff Department. Democrat David Lossing of Linden, who formerly served as mayor of Linden, is also running.