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Macomb Township candidates set for county commissioner seat

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published August 5, 2020

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The November general election ballot has been set for a representative to the 13th District on the Macomb County Board of Commissioners. 

Joanne Recchia, a Democrat, will go up against Republican Joe Sabatini.

The 13th District includes most of Macomb Township.

Recchia, 58, received 3,313 votes, good for 52.6%. She defeated fellow Democrats Kyle Simpson and Gary Lee Kimbel.

“I’m very happy with how it went and I’m really looking forward to the general election in November because I think more Democrats are going to come out,” she said. “I believe in people over profits and fighting hard for our working families in our district.”

On the Republican side of the ballot, Sabatini received 5,350 votes, or 51.9%. He outlasted Nicholyn Brandenburg, who placed in second by about 28%. Liz Roe and 

Vincent Olshove placed in third and fourth place, respectively. 

“I couldn’t have done it without the support of the people around me,” Sabatini said. “People are putting their trust in me again and I will continue to be the financial watchdog they want me to be and protect tax dollars.” 

The 44-year-old Sabatini previously served as a county commissioner from 2011 to 2016.

Recchia said if she is elected in November, folks can expect her to hit the ground running.

“I need to go in there fighting and ready to make change,” she said. “I don’t plan on dragging my feet and learning the job.”

During her campaign, Recchia said she feels that every part “of our lives has been affected by the long arm of corruption. Sadly, human health and safety have been overlooked in order to maximize profits. For this reason, I have decided not to take campaign contributions.”

She said it’s time to take a hard look at industry and the role it plays in environmental issues, and added that she would like to see an emergency plan in place in the event of a future pandemic and/or environmental issue.

Due to COVID-19, Sabatini expects Macomb County to be hit with a number of challenges from a financial standpoint.

“There’s going to be a lot of unanswered questions that are going to require a lot of tough decisions,” he said. “We’re really going to have to look at things through a microscope.”

Recchia and Sabatini are vying for a two-year term on the county commission. 

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