Marino wins big in state House primary

By: Thomas Franz | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published August 4, 2016

 Harrison Township resident Steve Marino won the republican primary Aug. 2 for the 24th district seat in the Michigan House of Representatives.

Harrison Township resident Steve Marino won the republican primary Aug. 2 for the 24th district seat in the Michigan House of Representatives.

Photo provided by Steve Marino

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HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Steve Marino cruised to victory Aug. 2 in the Republican primary for the 24th District seat in the Michigan House of Representatives.

Marino claimed 79.6 percent of the vote in the three-person primary, which also featured Daryl Smith and Arzo Smith.

“Obviously, we’re happy with the result; we ran a very tough primary campaign,” Marino said. “I’m incredibly humbled and honored to have the nomination and nearly 80 percent of the primary voters’ support on our side of the ballot, so I’m very grateful, but you have to win on Nov. 8.”

The 24th District includes areas of Harrison Township, Macomb Township and Clinton Township.

Democrat Dana Camphous-Peterson ran unopposed in the Democratic primary and will square off against Marino in the general election in November.

“I know Dana very well — she works in the (Macomb County) Executive’s Office, and sitting on the Board of Commissioners we obviously interact occasionally over there,” Marino said.

Marino currently represents Harrison Township and St. Clair Shores as a Macomb County commissioner. He said that creating greater accessibility between residents and government is a key reason why he has decided to attempt to make the leap to state representative.

“Not many people know what their county commissioner does. I always try to remain accessible. I’ve held almost 50 coffee hours in all corners of my district. I’ve sent mailers out, which you have to pay for out of your own pocket, and I give out my personal cellphone to anyone who asks for it. I’ve just tried to be accessible,” Marino said.

Marino also mentioned complacency by legislators in Lansing as another reason for his move to state representative.

“There isn’t one particular issue that’s making me run. I think we can all agree the economy is better than where it was in 2009, but I don’t believe in back-patting and rewarding yourself for things that you’re supposed to do,” Marino said. “Consumers are still not spending like they were in the ’90s. We need to make an economic environment that’s stable enough so that people feel confident when they’re spending and buying products and services.”

Marino, 27, is a lifelong Harrison Township resident. He attended Michigan State University and is the president of Campaign Finance Strategies, a small public affairs firm based in Macomb County.

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