Wozniak takes win in special state Senate election

By: Kara Szymanski | C&G Newspapers | Published November 8, 2021

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MACOMB COUNTY — Voters in the Michigan Senate’s 8th District Nov. 2 chose Republican Douglas C. Wozniak to serve an approximately one-year partial term when the votes were done being counted just after midnight Nov. 3.

The unofficial results show Wozniak received a total of 30,555 votes to Democrat Martin Robert Genter’s 18,838 votes.

The Senate seat had become vacant after Republican Peter Lucido was elected as Macomb County Prosecutor on Nov. 3, 2020. Wozniak’s partial term will expire Jan. 1, 2023.

Wozniak is a member of the Michigan House of Representatives who represents District 36. He took office Jan. 1, 2019. His current House term will end on Jan. 1, 2023. His House district represents Bruce and Washington townships, part of Shelby Township and the village of Romeo. According to Michigan law, when there is a vacancy in the Michigan House or Senate, the governor may call for a special election to fill the vacancy.

In his time in the House, Wozniak has served on the Families, Children, and Seniors Committee; Judiciary Committee; House Oversight Committee; Communications and Technology Committee; and the Health Policy Committee.

Wozniak and his wife, Pamela, have been married for 37 years. Their daughter, Lauren, is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School and is a pediatrician. They attend St. Kieran’s in Shelby Township, where Wozniak serves as an usher. Wozniak served on the Shelby Township Board of Trustees from 2008 to 2018.

Wozniak could not be reached for comment on the election. Genter said via email that he would like to thank everyone for their support.

“I would like to thank everyone for their hard work and support throughout the whole campaign. I would also like to say that, although I am unhappy we did not win this election, rest assured that all of your support and hard work were not in vain. I am confident that after the redistricting next year, we can build on what we did in this campaign and win a state Senate seat for the Democratic Party in 2022!” he said.