Madison Heights, Hazel ParkNovember 7, 2012
Local House races determined
By Andy Kozlowski
C & G Staff Writer
Voters showed faith in their currently elected officials in the state legislature by reaffirming the incumbents in the 26th and 27th state House districts.
Incumbent Jim Townsend, Democrat, ran for another two-year term, and was challenged by newcomers Mark Bliss, Republican, and James K. Young, Libertarian. Townsend won by 60.18 percent (26,095 votes), while Bliss secured 35.75 percent (15,504 votes) and Young took 3.77 percent (1,636 votes). There were 129 write-in votes, accounting for 0.30 percent.
In the state House 27th District, Incumbent Ellen Cogen Lipton, Democrat, ran for another two-year term, challenged by Ezra Drissman, Republican, and John Wierzbicki, Libertarian. Lipton won by 75.36 percent (34,394 votes), while Drissman secured 20.27 percent (9,253 votes) and Wierzbicki took 4.03 percent (1,841 votes). There were 152 write-in votes, accounting for 0.33 percent.