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Buffa, Sadowski emerge from field of six for city clerk

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published August 7, 2019

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WARREN — City Clerk Sonja Buffa and City Councilman Keith Sadowski cleared a primary election field filled with recognizable candidates Aug. 6 and will now advance to a November election matchup.

Buffa, who served as a top deputy to former city clerks Paul Wojno and Richard Sulaka and was eventually named to fill the post vacated by Wojno when he left to take office in the state Senate earlier this year, finished with 5,934 votes (37%) out of a total of 16,034 votes cast in the clerk’s race. Sadowski finished nearly 10 percentage points behind with 4,369 votes (27.2%), followed by former Warren City Councilwoman Donna Kaczor Caumartin (2,449 votes, 15.3%) and Macomb County Commissioner Andrey Duzyj (1,954 votes, 12.2%).

“Thank you for believing enough in me to vote for me and giving me a chance,” Buffa said on election night, thanking the voters. “I’m humbled and I’ll do my best for the people of Warren.”

Sadowski, first elected to the City Council in 2003, said he enjoyed knocking on doors and meeting residents during the campaign. He pledged to do more of the same before the general election on Nov. 5 and said he sensed the energy of voters.

“You’re interrupting their dinner time. You’re interrupting their weekend, but they’re still happy to talk to a candidate,” Sadowski said. “They still appreciate you interacting with the public. Those are the things you take away from going door to door.”

Buffa originally indicated that she wasn’t interested in running for the seat, but that changed after she was appointed by the council. Ironically, Sadowski voted in favor of the appointment that effectively gave his would-be opponent incumbent status.

“There seems to be a little bit of incumbency fatigue that’s out there right now,” Sadowski said. “She’s running off the experience she has. I think what I bring to the Clerk’s Office is kind of a new, fresh look.”