Shelby Township voters check in at Crissman Elementary School in Shelby Township Aug. 7 to vote in the primary election. Shelby Township saw a 32.3 percent voter turnout while Utica had a 28.5 percent voter turnout.

Shelby Township voters check in at Crissman Elementary School in Shelby Township Aug. 7 to vote in the primary election. Shelby Township saw a 32.3 percent voter turnout while Utica had a 28.5 percent voter turnout.

Photo by Donna Agusti


Three candidates set to face off for state House District 36 seat

By: Joshua Gordon | Shelby - Utica News | Published August 8, 2018

 Campaign signs line the grass outside Crissman Elementary School in Shelby Township Aug. 7. Crissman housed the 1st and 14th precincts for the community.

Campaign signs line the grass outside Crissman Elementary School in Shelby Township Aug. 7. Crissman housed the 1st and 14th precincts for the community.

Photo by Donna Agusti

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — When voters cast their ballots in November for the state House of Representatives District 36 seat, they will choose between Republican Doug Wozniak, Democrat Robert Murphy and Libertarian Benjamin Dryke, who all advanced in the Aug. 7 primary.

Wozniak, a Shelby Township trustee, won the Aug. 7 Republican primary election with 45.5 percent of the vote in a race with four other candidates. Wozniak received a total of 5,594 votes, with Karen Potchynok-Lund finishing second behind him with 3,936 votes.

Murphy recorded 3,298 total votes, 58.9 percent, to beat fellow Democratic candidate Kristopher Pratt, who had 2,306 votes.

Dryke, who ran unopposed for the Libertarian nomination, totaled 51 votes during the primary election.

The seat is currently held by Peter Lucido, R-Shelby Township, who is running for the state Senate District 8 seat and who easily won his primary election.

In his election profile, Wozniak said his main focuses would be roads, auto insurance and taxes. Auto insurance was also a top goal for Murphy.

Wozniak said he is appreciative of Lucido's work over the past two years and hopes to continue his efforts with a victory in November, and help him should he win the Senate seat.

“I am glad I won,” Wozniak said. “Going into November, we are going to run another campaign and try to get that win. I think being a trustee in the Shelby Township community helped very much so, and I applaud Mr. Lucido for being so active in every initiative he has put forward up in Lansing.”

Murphy said it was a tough campaign for him, as he had to travel out of state due to the death of his father, but he said he remained committed to the race and will do the same heading into November.

“Our family could only afford a very limited amount of money to campaign — no mailing, no handouts, relying instead on business cards from four years ago,” Murphy said. “But I still gave it 110 percent. And I will give it 110 percent for the general election in November.”

While he didn’t have to campaign for the primary election, Dryke said he is ready for the race in November.

“Congratulation to both of my old party opponents on their primary victories,” Dryke said in an email. “I look forward to meeting Wozniak and Murphy in public debate and exposing their authoritarian ideals to the voters.”

The general election will take place Nov. 6.

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