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Miller narrowly wins clerk race in Macomb County

By: Julie Snyder | C&G Newspapers | Published November 7, 2018 | Updated November 9, 2018 4:13pm

 Fred Miller

Fred Miller

MACOMB COUNTY — Democrat Fred Miller bested Republican Lisa Sinclair during the Nov. 6 election to become the new Macomb County Clerk/Register of Deeds.

Miller won with 51 percent of the vote, according to the unofficial results.

The partial term ends Dec. 31, 2020.

Miller, 45, a former Macomb County Commissioner and state Representative, takes over the position vacated by Republican Karen Spranger, who, after more than a year following her election win in 2016, was removed from her position after a circuit court judge ruled in favor of the county in regard to Spranger allegedly lying on her election affidavit.

Miller said he wants to take on several issues in the Clerk’s Office once he takes over.

“The employees who work here have been through such a trauma over the last couple years and have done such a tremendous job under the circumstances,” he said referring to Spranger’s time in office, which included well publicized workplace disagreements. “I’m looking forward to joining the team, building relationships and working with them move the Clerk’s Office forward.”

Miller said he also wants to add more services to the county’s aging population, such as hiring a senior advocate who would work as a concierge for older adults.

“Macomb County is getting older,” he said. “I want a proactive county government that helps older citizens continue to live independently. Bring those services to where they live and socialize. And simple things like providing forms in large print.”

Many precincts were still reporting results early in the morning Nov. 7; Miller said he declared the win at 6 a.m.

“I’m humbled and honored,” he said. “It’s incredible to receive the trust of the people of Macomb and I’m going to work really hard to be worthy of the trust.”

Sinclair, of Harrison Township, said she’s disappointed in the loss, but proud and thankful for all the support she received.

“When I run for a position in the future, I will be considered based on my achievements,” she said.