[FM notes: I am proud of the issues-based, person-to-person campaign we ran that delivered victory on August 2. Political campaigns do not have to be a race to the bottom in order to be successful.]
MILLER TOPS WOJNO IN COUNTY CLERK DEMS RACE; Spranger emerges as Republican challenger
By Brian Louwers, C&G News
posted August 3, 2016
MACOMB COUNTY — Fred Miller may succeed longtime Macomb County Clerk Carmella Sabaugh, following “a model campaign” battle between two well-known political names on the Democratic side.
A member of the Macomb County Board of Commissioners who represents residents in Mount Clemens and portions of Clinton Township and Harrison Township, Miller took 40 percent of the vote among three Democrats on Aug. 2. Warren City Clerk Paul Wojno, currently serving the first year of his third four-year term, finished second with 34.2 percent, and Denise Doherty finished third with 25.8 percent.
Miller served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2005 to 2010 prior to his election to the Macomb County Board of Commissioners.
He was endorsed by Sabaugh after the incumbent clerk withdrew from the race following the filing deadline in April, and later brushed aside speculation that his own last-minute filing in the clerk’s race and the decision to withdraw his Macomb County Board of Commissioners re-election bid was part of an arrangement with Sabaugh to transfer power.
Of the two well-known Democrats, Miller and Wojno, Sabaugh later said, “Maybe one’s stronger than the other,” and stood by her endorsement of Miller.
“Feeling very grateful today,” Miller said by text message on Aug. 3. “November will be here soon. We have a lot of ground to cover between now and then.”
With the campaign on the Democratic side now over and Miller poised to take on Republican Karen Spranger, of Warren, in November, Wojno said he called to congratulate his opponent on election night.
“This has probably been a model campaign for others to follow. His campaign and mine, there was no negative literature,” Wojno said. “I’ll be working with him. I think he’s absolutely going to win in November, and I’m supporting him on the November ballot, absolutely.”
On the Republican side, Spranger, who last year ran for mayor of Warren against Jim Fouts, narrowly emerged from a field of four candidates. She bested Julie Ann Williams by just 311 votes, according to the unofficial results.
In all, Macomb County boasted an 18 percent voter turnout. [article continues to discuss other primary results.]