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August 14, 2014

McGinnis and Bosnic vie for bench, others head to November ballot

Technical glitch delays results in Troy

By Terry Oparka
C & G Staff Writer

Former Troy City Council member and attorney Maureen McGinnis will vie for the seat on the 52-4 District Court bench after McGinnis garnered 1,000 more votes than attorney and County Commissioner Mike Bosnic in the Aug. 5 election, according to unofficial results.

McGinnis and Bosnic will run for the seat of Judge William Bolle, who is age-limited.

Bosnic got 4,844 votes, McGinnis got 5,906 votes, and attorney AnnMarie DeVito got 1,428 votes.

“I’m very happy with the results; there’s always more work to do,” McGinnis said. She said the coming months would give her the opportunity to “meet voters and work really hard between now and November.”

Bosnic shared similar sentiments.

“I feel good about what we’ve done so far and (am) looking forward to the next phase. I plan on working hard through the November election,” he said.

Former state Rep. Marty Knollenberg edged out former state Rep. Rocky Raczkowski by 72 votes for the Republican nomination for the state Senate seat for the 13th District. Knollenberg got 8,788 votes; Raczkowski got 8,716 votes; former state Rep. Chuck Moss got 4,929 votes; Ethan Baker garnered 1,546 votes; and Al Gui got 276 votes.

Knollenberg will face former Clawson Public Schools board member and music teacher Cyndi Peltonen, who defeated attorney Ryan Fishman for the Democratic nomination. Peltonen got 7,620 votes, and Fishman got 6,253 votes.

On the November ballot voters will choose between Democratic candidate Bobby McKenzie and Republican Dave Trott for the U.S. House of Representatives District 11 seat. Trott, a Birmingham attorney and former Bingham Farms Council member, won the nomination over incumbent Kerry Bentivolio with 42,009 votes.

“Having spent 11 months traveling this tremendous district, I have had the pleasure of talking to so many families, local officials and business owners. The message I hear from them is clear: We need to change the culture in Washington,” said Trott in a prepared statement. “The way to do that is to change the people we send to Washington — people with real-world experience who know what it takes to create jobs and solve problems. I look forward to a positive, productive discussion about the ideas and solutions that will make life better for all Americans.”

McKenzie, a Canton resident and former senior advisor to the U.S. Department of State, earned 13,442 votes and has no previously held elected offices.

“I am honored to be the Democratic nominee and look forward to a spirited debate about how to improve southeast Michigan,” said McKenzie in a prepared statement. He said he plans to “stand up for the middle class. I’ll protect Social Security and Medicare, end tax breaks for companies that ship our jobs overseas, and invest in public education and infrastructure so we can create good-paying jobs right here in Michigan.”

While there were no problems in any of the precincts in Troy all day, the tally of election results were delayed until after midnight due to a malfunction of a memory card for a number of absentee ballots. Troy City Clerk Aileen Bittner explained that those ballots had to be recounted after a new memory card was obtained from the Oakland County Elections Office on primary election night.

Troy voter turnout was just under 22 percent, with 12,687 ballots cast of the 58,024 registered Troy voters.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Terry Oparka at toparka@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1054.