Voters decide on two state representatives, commissioners

By: Sarah Wojcik, | Shelby - Utica News | Published November 5, 2014

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — Republicans prevailed in the two state representative races in the Shelby-Utica News’ coverage area.

In the 2015-16 term, Lansing will see one new face and one familiar face representing the residents of Shelby Township and Utica, according to unofficial Macomb County election results, which filtered in during the early morning hours Nov. 5.

Peter Lucido, a Republican attorney and publisher, beat Democrat Robert Murphy, a perennial candidate since 1998, for District 36 state representative. The final tally was 20,845 votes — or 69.9 percent — for Lucido and 8,965 votes — or 30.1 percent — for Murphy. Lucido will represent Shelby, Washington and Bruce Townships, as well as the city of Romeo, in Lansing.

Lucido, 53, of Shelby Township, said he decided to run to serve the community in a larger capacity than in his work as the founder of Lucido & Manzella P.C. and the publisher of Macomb Now magazine. He will take over state Rep. Peter Lund’s seat next year. Term limits prevented Lund from running again.

“I’m humbled, I’m honored and I’m exhausted. (My win) was a culmination of everything — hard work, the volunteers, the supporters, my family,” Lucido said. “I’m relieved that the campaign portion is over, and I’m anxious and excited to get ready for the real battle, which is the workload of representing and supporting the people of the 36th District.”

After nearly 30 years of practicing law, Lucido said he was not nervous about being a freshman lawmaker and that he felt confident of his ability to fulfill his motto, “Keep families first.”

Murphy, a 57-year-old Romeo resident who is retired from the building trades and now studies physical fitness, said that he wished his opponent the best of luck and that, for the first time in 18 years, he would not seek office in 2016.

“I am not done with politics, but I won’t be a candidate any longer,” he said. “Folks should do their homework and really research candidates, not be so enthralled by mailings.”

State Rep. Jeff Farrington, R-Utica, will retain his seat as District 30 state representative after defeating Democratic challenger and first-time candidate Bo Karpinsky, a retired teacher from Sterling Heights. Farrington won with 12,654 votes — or 54.8 percent of the total vote — to Karpinsky’s 10,455 votes — or 45.2 percent of the vote.

Farrington, 48, will begin his third and final two-year term in Lansing next year, representing Utica and parts of Sterling Heights and Shelby Township.

“I’m feeling very tired today, but the night went very well,” Farrington said. “I think the polls showed that people made the decision to keep the state going in the right direction.”

He said it felt good to be elected to all three terms with no previous political background.

Karpinsky, 59, said it was hard work jumping into the political arena, but he was lucky to have great people working with him. He added that he would have to sit down and think about running again for the next term.

“I’m very proud of the showing we made, and, next time, it will be an open seat,” Karpinsky said. “That might make a big difference, but right now I just want to stay home, sit down, catch my breath and cut the grass.”

Shelby Township resident Marcie Stepanski said she voted primarily for Democratic candidates. She said she chose Karpinsky because of his platforms regarding education, since she has two young sons — ages 6 and 8 — in the Utica Community Schools.