Voters select state reps, county commissioners

By: Sarah Wojcik | Shelby - Utica News | Published November 14, 2016


SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — In the Shelby-Utica News’ coverage area, voters established two state representatives and two Macomb County commissioners.

In keeping with national general election trends, all four victors of the local races are Republicans.

In the House District 30 race, Republican Diana Farrington, of Utica, won the seat that her term-limited husband, state Rep. Jeff Farrington, has occupied up until now.

In her candidate questionnaire to C & G Newspapers, Farrington, a mortgage auditor, wrote that her top issues include creating more jobs and better wages, expanding funding for public education, promoting vocational tech careers, and prioritizing spending so that taxes are not increased.

Farrington earned 53.8 percent of the vote compared to her Democratic opponent, Shelby Township resident Michael Notte, who earned 46.2 percent. Notte is the son of former Sterling Heights Mayor Richard Notte.

In an emailed statement, Michael Notte thanked his campaign staff and voters for their support. He said he isn’t disappointed in his campaign, though he said he is disappointed that he wasn’t chosen.

“I put the lessons I learned from my father, Mayor Richard Notte, to work and walked our neighborhoods to talk to people and understand the needs of families and our communities,” Michael Notte said. “But the voters have spoken and now we will all move on.”

District 30 includes the city of Utica and parts of Shelby Township and Sterling Heights.

In the House District 36 race, incumbent Peter Lucido, R-Shelby Township, bested his opponent, Diane Young, D-Shelby Township. Lucido took 71.8 percent of the vote; Young took 28.3 percent.

“I’m very thrilled that the voters have given me their vote and very humbled to be allowed to serve for another two years,” he said. “What we’re going to do is make things more positive and keep on track for where we left off. There’s a lot more work to be done. I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and getting right back in there.”

District 36 includes Shelby, Washington and Bruce townships, as well as the village of Romeo.

In the Macomb County commissioner District 6 race, incumbent Jim Carabelli, R-Shelby Township, took the victory over Democratic opponent Ken Reid, of Shelby Township, winning with 63.2 percent of the vote to Reid’s 36.8 percent.

This will be Carabelli’s fifth two-year term as the District 6 county commissioner representing Shelby Township.

In the Macomb County commissioner District 7 race, incumbent Don Brown, R-Washington Township, defeated his Democratic opponent, Patricia Leitzel, 73 percent to 27 percent.

Brown has served as a Macomb County commissioner since 1990.

District 7 includes Shelby, Washington, Bruce, Ray, Armada and Richmond townships, as well as the villages of Romeo and Armada and the cities of Memphis and Richmond.

Staff Writer Eric Czarnik contributed to this report.