Farmington, Hills residents select candidates for state and national office

By: Mark Vest | Farmington Press | Published August 5, 2022

 Kenbrook Elementary School in Farmington Hills served as one of the voting sites for the primary election Aug. 2.

Kenbrook Elementary School in Farmington Hills served as one of the voting sites for the primary election Aug. 2.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — Residents in the Farmington Press’ coverage area recently cast their votes for candidates seeking a spot on the ballot for the general election in November.

Tudor Dixon emerged as the winner of the Aug. 2 primary race for a Republican gubernatorial nominee.

With all 83 counties reporting on the state of Michigan’s elections website, Dixon won with 40.57%, which means she’ll vie against incumbent Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in November.

Dixon was followed by Kevin Rinke, 21.97%; Garrett Soldano, 17.89%; Ryan Kelley, 15.39%; and Ralph Rebandt, 4.19%.

Locally, current Farmington Hills Mayor Vicki Barnett earned a chance to represent Democrats in the general election for state Senate District 6, as she secured 5,404 votes in the primary election.

Finishing second was Mary Cavanagh with 2,124 votes. Darryl D. Brown took third with 1,019 votes.

Barnett will face Republican Ken Crider in the general election Nov. 8. Crider ran unopposed in the primary.

In state Senate District 13, Republican Jason Rhines earned a spot on the ballot in the general election, as the 15,478 votes cast in his favor were enough to propel him to victory.

His fellow Republican, Brian Williams, finished with 7,830 votes.

Rhines will face Democrat Rosemary K. Bayer, who ran unopposed in the primary.

Haley Stevens was victorious in her attempt to represent Democrats in the general election for U.S. House District 11, as she came away from the primary with 70,478 votes. Democrat Andy Levin took 47,117 votes.

Stevens will face Republican Mark Ambrose in the general election.

Ambrose had 42,275 votes cast in his favor, with Matthew DenOtter finishing second in the Republican race with 17,701 votes.

In State House of Representatives District 18, Democrat Jason Hoskins finished with 9,452 votes, beating out Caprice A. Jackson, who had 7,649 votes.

Hoskins’ general election opponent is Republican Wendy Webster Jackson, who was unopposed at the primary.

In State House of Representatives District 19, Democrat Samantha Steckloff will face Republican Anthony Paesano in November. Both were unopposed at the primary.

In State House of Representatives District 21, Republican David Staudt won his bid to appear on the ballot in the general election, as the 4,337 votes cast in his favor were more than the 3,646 votes secured by fellow Republican Daniel Lawless.

At the general election, Staudt will face Democrat Kelly Breen, who was unopposed at the primary.

In the Oakland County Board of Commissioners District 15 race, the 3,211 votes secured by Republican Michelle DiNardo propelled her to victory against Ross Barranco, who finished with 2,252 votes.

DiNardo will face Democrat Gwen Markham, who ran unopposed, in the general election.

For Oakland County Board of Commissioners District 16, Democrat William Miller will take on Republican Michael F. Mrozovich in the general election, as both were unopposed at the primary.