Three candidates file for state representative seat

By: Sarah Wojcik | Shelby - Utica News | Published May 14, 2014

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The three candidates who will vie for a two-year term to represent District 36 — Shelby Township, Romeo, Washington Township and Bruce Township — in the state Legislature beginning in November are official.

Rep. Peter Lund, R-Shelby Township, currently holds the seat, but he has reached the end of his allowed three terms. Peter Lucido, R-Shelby Township; Stanley Grot, R-Shelby Township; or Robert Murphy, D-Washington Township, will fill the position.

Lund said that he is thankful that he has been able to represent District 36 for six years and that he feels the state made headway in terms of unemployment and balancing the budget.

“I think (the candidates) have got to figure out their picture of where the state goes and communicate that to the people — not about one issue, but rather sharing the values of the people of the district,” Lund said. “I think it’s a very conservative district. People want fiscal accountability and the best thing done in a businesslike manner but still care about the individual.”

Republicans Lucido and Grot will face off in the Aug. 5 primary election. One of them will advance to the general election in November against Democrat Murphy.

Lucido, founder of Lucido & Manzella law firm and publisher of Macomb Now magazine, said his legal background of more than 25 years qualifies him to represent communities.

The motto of his campaign, he said, is “put family first and everything else will fall into place.” He said his three main issues are to keep families together by providing job opportunities for students, to lower taxes and to serve seniors and veterans.

His campaign issues also include less government, anti-abortion legislation and the right to bear arms.

“I don’t want to be classified as a politician. I’m a strong leader and business community advocate for families and the people I serve,” Lucido said. “I have a job already. I don’t need a job. I want to go to Lansing to do a job.”

For more information about Lucido, visit

Stanley Grot, who currently serves as Shelby Township clerk, said that he believes his experience in the private and public sectors will help make Michigan a better place for people to live and make a living.

Grot said he spent half his life in the private sector working as a master mechanic for General Motors Co. for 11 years and owning a restaurant for eight years, and he also was elected and appointed to public positions, including Sterling Heights councilman, county commissioner, deputy treasurer in Macomb County and assistant Secretary of State.

“I am running to be a voice for the homeowners, the senior citizens, the taxpayers, the gun owners,” he said. “I’m for a less intrusive government and cutting wasteful spending and duplications, and promoting a balanced budget in Michigan.”

The top three issues of his 12-point campaign plan are to repeal taxes on senior citizens’ pensions, restore the homestead deduction credit back to its 2011 levels and use state surplus to fix roads and bridges.

His campaign issues also include repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, “(protecting) the life of the unborn,” creating jobs, providing education funding, improving veteran services and hiring more state troopers to assist local communities.

For more information about Grot, visit

Robert Murphy, retired from the building trades and a student of physical fitness, has been a perennial candidate since 1998. He said that he has a limited family budget but runs because he doesn’t feel the taxpayers and families in the district are getting good representation.

He said he wants to eliminate previous legislators’ pension-and-perks packages, eliminate state government consultants and attack the Asian carp problem by putting a bounty on the fish rather than constructing a wall.

“I find it exciting to be a candidate. And after all these years, I’ve still got the heart, but I find I am running short on legs,” Murphy said.

He said he is building a website, which is not yet functional, with the domain name, which stands for “pissed-off patriot for state representative.”