Endorsement: For state Legislature from Macomb County
Macomb County voters will join the rest of Michigan in filling every legislative seat this fall. Here are our recommendations for the state House and Senate in the Nov. 6 election.
All four of Macomb County’s state senators are term limited.
District 8 (St. Clair Shores): In the race to replace Republican Sen. Jack Brandenburg, our vote goes to current state Rep. Peter Lucido, who has served his district well in the Legislature. He is opposed by Democrat and businessman Paul Francis of St. Clair Shores.
District 9 (Warren, Roseville): Democratic Sen. Steven Bieda is term limited. Best qualified to replace him is Democrat Paul Wojno, who is a former state representative and Warren city clerk. He’s facing Republican Jeff Bonnell of Roseville.
District 10 (Sterling Heights, Utica, Clinton Township): Republican incumbent Tory Rocca is term limited. Democrat Henry Yanez, who is term limited in the state House, is making a run for this seat. The former paramedic and firefighter brings a lot of experience, but we are impressed with Republican Michael MacDonald of Macomb Township. MacDonald is a financial representative for Northwestern Mutual and is the vice president of the Michigan Air Force Association. In addition, he has a doctorate in health administration. Also running is Libertarian Mike Saliba.
District 25 (New Baltimore and St. Clair County): Incumbent Republican Sen. Phil Pavlov is term limited. The best option to replace him is Republican Dan Lauwers of Brockway Township, currently in the state House and term-limited in that chamber. Democrat Debbie Bourgois, who is focused on education, is also running.
District 18 (St. Clair Shores): Democrat incumbent Kevin Hertel seems to be doing a fine job in the Legislature. He should get another term. Hertel faces Republican Kyle McKee of St. Clair Shores, who is a regional field director for the state GOP.
District 22 (Warren, Roseville): Our support goes to incumbent Democrat Rep. John Chirkun, who seems a third term. Republican Arthur Blundell of Roseville and Libertarian Matt Kuehnel of Warren are also running.
District 24 (Mt. Clemens, Macomb Township): Republican incumbent Steve Marino of Mt. Clemens would like a second term, and we think he should get it. He is challenged by Democrat Laura Winn, a small business owner from Macomb.
District 25 (Sterling Heights): Incumbent Democratic Rep. Henry Yanez is term limited. Democrat Nate Shannon of Sterling Heights seems the more impressive candidate to replace him. Shannon is a public school teacher who has experience on the Sterling Heights City Council. Republican Jazmine Early, an architect who is active in her community, is challenging him.
District 28 (Warren, Center Line): Democrat Lori Stone beat incumbent Democrat Patrick Green in the primary, and the teacher from Warren appears most prepared to head to Lansing. She faces Republican Aaron Delikta, a recent graduate from Michigan State.
District 30 (Utica, Shelby Township, Sterling Heights): Republican incumbent Diana Farrington of Utica should get a second term. Democrat John Spica of Utica, who works at an area auto dealership, is also running.
District 31 (Clinton Township, Fraser): Democratic incumbent William Sowerby is running for a second term and he should get it. He faces Republican Lisa Valerio-Nowc, a librarian.
District 32 (New Baltimore and vicinity): Republican incumbent Pamela Hornberger of New Baltimore gets our support for a second term. She is opposed by Democrat Paul Manley of Chesterfield.
District 33 (Richmond, Macomb Township): Republican incumbent Jeff Yaroch of Richmond should get a second term. He faces Democrat Andrea Geralds of Macomb.
District 36 (Shelby Township, Romeo and vicinity): Republican Douglas Wozniak of Shelby Township is the best choice to replace GOP incumbent Peter Lucido, who is making a bid for state Senate. Wozniak brings experience as a small businessman and attorney. Also on the ballot are Democrat Robert Murphy of Romeo and Libertarian Benjamin Dryke.