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November 7, 2012

Warren, Center Line voters choose status quo

By Brian Louwers
C & G Staff Writer

It was a good night for incumbents seeking to represent Warren and Center Line at the county and state levels.

In the race for a seat representing District 1 of the Macomb County Board of Commissioners with perhaps the most name-recognition of any local contest on the Nov. 6 ballot, incumbent Democrat Toni Moceri handily defeated Republican challenger Mary Kamp, the former president of the Warren City Council.  According to unofficial results complied by the county, Moceri won a third two-year term on the board — her second representing District 1 —by a margin of 65.2 percent to 34.8 percent.

In District 2, longtime incumbent Democrat Marv Sauger defeated his Republican challenger, former Warren City Council member Mike Wiecek, by a margin of 62.5 percent to 33.5 percent.

Incumbent state Rep. Jon Switalski, D-Warren, cruised to a win over Steven Klusek, R-Warren, in District 28. Switalski crushed Klusek by a margin of 71.5 to 28.5 percent after besting fellow incumbent Democrat Lesia Liss in August’s primary race for the re-drawn district.

In the open race for a seat in the 25th District of the Michigan House of Representatives, Democrat Henry Yanez narrowly defeated Republican Sean Clark by a margin of 51.4 percent to 48.6 percent. 

Incumbents also retained control of Macomb County’s top elected administrative posts.

In a contest between two residents of Warren, incumbent Macomb County Clerk Carmella Sabaugh, a Democrat, defeated Debera Guenther, a Republican, 65.3 percent to 34.7 percent.

According to election statistics compiled by Sabaugh’s office, voter turnout in Warren (59.7 percent) was the second lowest in Macomb County after Roseville (58.9 percent). Turnout in Center Line (60.6 percent) was slightly better, while elsewhere in southern Macomb County, more robust turnout was reported in Fraser (69.2 percent), St. Clair Shores (68.8 percent), and Clinton Township (64.3 percent).

The statistics showed that 66.1 percent of registered voters countywide voted on Nov. 6.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Brian Louwers at brianlouwers@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1089.