Rocca wins reelection as Macomb County’s treasurer

By: Brian Louwers | C&G Newspapers | Published November 5, 2020

 Macomb County Treasurer Larry Rocca was reelected to a second four-year term on Nov. 3.

Macomb County Treasurer Larry Rocca was reelected to a second four-year term on Nov. 3.

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MOUNT CLEMENS — Incumbent Republican Macomb County Treasurer Larry Rocca has been reelected to a second four-year term as the county’s top financial officer.

Rocca, of Clinton Township, received 249,464 votes for 53.3% of the total votes cast in the treasurer’s race. He bested his Democratic opponent, Warren City Treasurer Lorie Barnwell, who received 218,653 votes for 46.7%.

“I’d like to thank my supporters for having faith and confidence in me and realizing that I have done a good job in my four years and will do an equally good job in my next four years,” Rocca said. “It was a fairly tough race. I did do my best.”

Rocca said the county had greatly increased its investment income on his watch and he pledged to continue helping taxpayers stay in their homes, particularly those left struggling through financial hardships related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We also had more people on payment plans to prevent them from being foreclosed on,” Rocca said. “We want to keep people in their homes. By having more people on payment plans, we were able to reduce foreclosures by 65%.”

“Get people back on their feet. That’s what we want to do,” Rocca added.  

In a Facebook post shared on Nov. 3, Barnwell, of Warren, congratulated Rocca and said “the residents have spoken.” She thanked her supporters, particularly in Warren, which she won by a wide margin.

“I want to thank my family, friends, my union brothers and sisters, and many others who supported me throughout this race,” Barnwell said. “It means more than I can say.

“A special shout-out to my Warren residents. You had my back in a big way last night and I will never forget it. I will continue to be your treasurer and fight for you every day.”

Barnwell also won the vote in Center, Line, Eastpointe, Roseville and Mount Clemens, and narrowly took Clinton Township by just 217 votes.

Rocca enjoyed wide support across northern Macomb County, including Shelby Township, Utica, Sterling Heights, Macomb Township and Harrison Township. He also won the vote in Fraser and St. Clair Shores.