Yaroch edges competition in state rep race

By: Thomas Franz | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published August 9, 2016

 Jeff Yaroch

Jeff Yaroch


MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Jeff Yaroch will be the Republican candidate in the general election this November for the 33rd District of the state House of Representatives.

Yaroch was the top vote-getter in a six-person Republican primary election Aug. 2. He claimed 38.4 percent of the vote, compared to 25.9 percent for Colleen Carl and 18.1 percent for Mel Koch.

“I think it all comes down to the voters and the fact that I went out and talked to a lot of people,” Yaroch said. “I believe my message resonated with people, and I want to take that to Lansing — the idea that government has to start working for the people again — and I think people were receptive to that.”

Yaroch will be opposed by Yani Warda in the general election. Warda ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.

“I don’t know much about Mr. Warda, and I haven’t had an opportunity to meet him. I’m just focused on my message that the people of the 33rd District need to come first before that of special interests from the outside,” Yaroch said.

Yaroch, 45, has lived in the city of Richmond for 23 years. He went to Chippewa Valley High School and earned a law degree from Cooley Law School. He has served Richmond as a firefighter, and he has been a member of Richmond’s City Council for 16 years.

“I think people in government have forgotten that government works for the people, and I think Flint is a clear example of government falling down on the job,” Yaroch said. “When I talk to people, I think they want government to do what we’ve asked them to do.”

Yaroch said one goal of his campaign is to connect voters and residents with decision-makers throughout the district, something he said he’s tried to do frequently in Richmond.

“My experience as a council member has been about getting the people in the room that are affected by these issues, and the people that can do something about it, then having a conversation that involves everyone to get a solution,” Yaroch said. “I’m pretty proud that has worked for me over the years.”

One area in which Yaroch expects to use that style of governance is in the area of roads and infrastructure.

“First and foremost, when I’ve gone out and talked to the citizens, I hear the most about roads and getting it done, and there’s all kinds of things that can be done regarding roads,” Yaroch said. “That’s going to need to involve a discussion with the users, the road builders and the regulators to move forward with better ideas to do more with our tax dollars.”

The 33rd District includes most of Macomb Township, plus all of Ray, Lenox, Armada and Richmond townships.