Yaroch, Marino win state House seats

By: Thomas Franz | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published November 14, 2016

 Jeff Yaroch

Jeff Yaroch


MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A Richmond City Council member has been elected to the state House of Representatives District 33 seat.

Jeff Yaroch, a Republican, won with 70 percent of the vote in the Nov. 8 general election against Democrat Yani Warda.

“Ever since I started campaigning, I’ve been out talking to residents door-to-door, hearing what their concerns were, and I’ve been committed to working on those issues,” Yaroch said. “My priority is taking care of the people in this district.”

Yaroch, a 1988 graduate of Chippewa Valley High School, has been a Richmond City Council member for 17 years. He is a firefighter and attorney, and earned his law degree from Cooley Law School.

While discussing what concerns he’s heard from residents, he said roads, education, taxes and clean water are at the top of the list.

“They’re kind of the key topics and then within them, there are issues within those topics. We’ve heard concerns about everything from friend of the court, to the mental health community and what they need, so now I’m going to go back through all of those comments they gave me, and start digesting all of them and figure out where we go from here,” Yaroch said.

As it relates to fixing roads, Yaroch said he would try to use budgeting processes that he used in Richmond and translate that to the rest of the district and state.

“A lot of what we’ve talked about is the issues of why roads aren’t holding up, how we fund them and making sure that road funding doesn’t cut into local funding,” Yaroch said. “That’s a lot of the questions that people have: Why aren’t they lasting longer? What can we do as far as maintaining this asset?”

Yaroch said that campaigning on his experience and leadership in the community propelled him to the election victory.

“I think during my time on council, I’ve been a council member of integrity while listening to people’s concerns, and then working to answer those concerns,” Yaroch said.  “All I know is what I’m about, which is leading by example and using my experience to demonstrate that I can move forward and work on these issues.”

Marino takes over in District 24
In the race for the state House of Representatives District 24 seat, Republican Steve Marino took the win with 55 percent of the vote. Challenger Democrat Dana Camphous-Peterson received 44 percent of the vote.

“I’m deeply honored to be elected to the Michigan House of Representatives and incredibly grateful for the overwhelming support of our community,” Marino said on Nov. 9. “While work in Lansing has already started, my main priority is fulfilling my oath and remaining committed to the residents I currently serve as county commissioner in Harrison Township and St. Clair Shores.”

Marino, 27, will take over the seat vacated by Rep. Anthony Forlini, R-Harrison Township.

Staff Writer Julie Snyder contributed to this report.