Marino, Leonetti, Hertel, Lucido to serve in state, county roles

By: Kristyne E. Demske, Julie Snyder | C&G Newspapers | Published November 11, 2016

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MACOMB COUNTY — In the race for the state House of Representatives District 24 seat, Republican Steve Marino took the win with 55 percent of the vote. Challenger Democrat Dana Camphous-Peterson received 44 percent of the vote.

“I’m deeply honored to be elected to the Michigan House of Representatives and incredibly grateful for the overwhelming support of our community,” Marino said on Nov. 9. “While work in Lansing has already started, my main priority is fulfilling my oath and remaining committed to the residents I currently serve as county commissioner in Harrison Township and St. Clair Shores.”

Marino, 27, will take over the seat being vacated by Rep. Anthony Forlini, R-Harrison Township.

For the District 18 seat of the state House of Representatives being vacated by Rep. Sarah Roberts, D-St. Clair Shores, who was bound by term limits, Democrat Kevin Hertel beat Republican Renata Polonaise with 63 percent of the vote, or 29,245 votes to Polonaise’s 16,952 votes, which was 36 percent of the total.

Hertel said he felt “incredibly honored” by the support and looks forward to serving his constituents well while working with his fellow lawmakers.

“I think it’s very clear by the results we saw last night that there’s a divide here in Michigan and we have a lot of work to do to get things done to benefit people,” he said while driving to Lansing Nov. 9 for orientation.

Hertel said his father, Curtis Hertel Sr., served as a representative for the east side of Detroit in the 1980s and 1990s and was one of the only co-speakers of the House from 1994 to 1996 when the parties were evenly split.

“What I learned from that is you have to work together to get things done,” Hertel said. “The partisan bickering has to end. We have to work together, and that’s what everybody who was elected yesterday was elected to do — work together to get things done.”

He said he is humbled by the support he received and grateful to have learned the lessons he did from his father, who died earlier this year.

“With everything that he taught me in the years he served, and even after that, he left me with all the knowledge I needed to know to effectively serve,” he said.

In the Macomb County Board of Commissioners District 9 race, Democrat Elizabeth Ann Lucido won with 59 percent of the vote over Republican Douglas Trost with 40 percent.

The race for the 10th District of the Macomb County Board of Commissioners was a tighter race, with Democrat Robert Leonetti receiving 50 percent of the vote, or 15,652 votes, over Republican Linda Burns Torp’s 49 percent, or 15,245 votes.

Leonetti said he is happy that the election is behind him and that the voters have put their trust in him.

“I’m going to go ahead and earn that trust,” he said.

He plans to work toward transparency in government and helping to protect Lake St. Clair.

“I’m certainly willing to reach across the aisle and work with our new public works commissioner,” he said of the newly elected Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township. “She may have had a different partner in mind, but the goal is still the same.”

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