Voters line up at Cheyenne Elementary School in Macomb Township Nov. 3.

Voters line up at Cheyenne Elementary School in Macomb Township Nov. 3.

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Republicans take 4 out of 5 top spots up for grabs in Macomb County

By: Kristyne E. Demske | C&G Newspapers | Published November 4, 2020


Republicans ended up on top in a majority of the major positions up for grabs on Election Day in Macomb County.

State Sen. Peter Lucido, R-Shelby Township, won election to the office of Macomb County Prosecuting Attorney, beating out former Macomb Circuit Court Judge Mary Chrzanowski, a Harrison Township Democrat.

Lucido received 249,035 votes, or 52.5% of the vote, according to unofficial results from the Macomb County Clerk’s office, compared with Chrzanowski’s 225,556 votes, or 47.5%. 

“It was a long journey, and the journey began with first deciding to run and getting the support of my family, as well as my friends, who have always come to my aid to support me,” Lucido said. 

He said he hopes to bring his 30 years of law experience to the table to “restore the confidence, trust and integrity of the highest office of trust in the county.”

Stating that he had been a lawmaker, public defender, probation officer and ran one of the largest law offices in the county previously, he said those skills would be brought to bear to manage the taxpayer’s resources in the prosecutor’s office.

He said he is also looking forward to implementing criminal justice reforms that he helped develop as a state lawmaker. 

“If I can bring some peace and closure to an unfortunate situation of public corruption, I think we move ahead in a positive light for a brighter tomorrow in Macomb County,” he said. 

Former Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith, 53, resigned his office after he was charged with 10 felonies by the state of Michigan. He was federally charged with obstruction of justice in September for allegedly encouraging at least two assistant prosecuting attorneys to lie to the FBI.

Public Works

In the position of Public Works Commissioner, incumbent Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township, won reelection to her seat with 61.5 % of the vote, or 292,532 votes, over Democrat challenger Toni Moceri, of Warren, who received 183,194 votes.

Miller said she appreciated the support from Macomb County residents.

“I think we certainly demonstrated during my first term my commitment to water quality and quality of life and economic prosperity for Macomb County,” she said. 

She said she has many different infrastructure projects in the works throughout the county and looks forward to continuing the work she had begun in her first term. 

“We’re just going to keep rolling here,” she said.

Treasurer, Clerk

Incumbent Republican Macomb County Treasurer Larry Rocca won reelection, defeating Democrat challenger Lorie Barnwell 249,464 votes (53.3%) to 218,653 votes (46.7%).

In the race for Macomb County Clerk/Register of Deeds, Republican challenger Anthony Forlini edged incumbent Democrat Fred Miller by less than 8,000 votes. Forlini garnered 238,433 votes (50.8%), while Miller received 230,603 votes (49.2%).

Check back later for more coverage on the treasurer and clerk races.

Democrat incumbent Anthony Wickersham retained his position as Macomb County sheriff, staving off Republican challenger Terence Mekoski.