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August 6, 2014

Southfield mayor wins close race for District 14 U.S. rep

Councilmember prevails in state House race

By Kayla Dimick
C & G Staff Writer

SOUTHFIELD — Mayor Brenda Lawrence came out on top Aug. 5, beating three other Democratic candidates in the primary election for U.S. House District 14 to replace Gary Peters.

According to the unofficial results from the Oakland County Clerk’s Election Division, Lawrence took 26,400 votes.

Coming in at a close second was Democrat Rudy Hobbs, who received 24,007 votes.

Lawrence also beat Democrat Hasen Clarke, who received 22,869 votes, and Democrat Burgess Foster, who received 830 votes. It total, 86,718 votes were cast in the race.

Southfield City Clerk Nancy Banks said that if Lawrence wins in November, Lawrence will resign office in late December and take U.S. office in January 2015.

In that event, Banks said, the council president would take on the  role as mayor. Sylvia Jordan is the current council president, but her term expires in November.

According to Councilman Jeremy Moss, council members choose a new council president each November to serve a one-year term.

Therefore, whomever is elected to council president would assume the mayor’s responsibilities until a new mayor were chosen, Moss said.

“Pursuant to our charter, the council president at the time, she takes the oath of office,” Banks said. 

Lawrence ran for the same House position in 2012 but lost to Peters.

In November, Lawrence will face Republican Christina Conyers, who was unopposed in the primary.

According to her biography on the League of Women Voters Voter Guide, Lawrence was the first elected female and African-American mayor of Southfield.

Lawrence declined to comment on the win.

In her profile, Lawrence stated that her priorities in office will be funding educational programs, defending Medicare, Social Security and the Affordable Care Act, and ending gun violence.

Also coming out on top this year was Councilman Jeremy Moss, who won the Democratic primary race for state House District 35.

“A lot of good candidates stepped up in the Southfield area to continue to serve,” Moss said.  “I’m excited for the opportunity to represent our community in Lansing.”

Moss received  6,541 votes.

Receiving 3,507 votes was Nicole Brown. Darryle J. Buchanan came in with 1,909 votes. Charles Roddis received 844 votes. In total, 14,867 votes were cast.

On his website, Moss stated that his priorities in office will be protecting the middle class, funding schools and fixing roads.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Kayla Dimick at kdimick@candgnews.com or at (586)279-1108.