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Mike McCready Wins GOP Primary for 40th District in State House

The Bloomfield Hills City Commissioner rose above a crowded field to win with 32 percent of the vote in the Aug. 7 primary. Democrat Dorian Coston awaits in November.

 

There were several anxious moments while waiting for results to trickle in, but kept cool-headed and focused on being the next Republican to represent voters in the 40th District in Lansing.

Much like he had for the better part of three months. McCready was rewarded early this morning when unofficial results from the Oakland County Clerk's Office showed he won the district bridging Bloomfield, West Bloomfield and Birmingham with 32 percent of the vote over three formidable opponents.

County Commissioner and Birmingham-based attorney David Potts and West Bloomfield attorney finished in a virtual tie for second with 29.8 percent, and Birmingham Board of Education Trustee Robert Lawrence rounded out the field with 8 percent.

"This was such a close race, and we had four very close candidates that worked it very hard," said McCready as a small gathering of campaign supporters broke up at the just before midnight.

McCready, the mayor pro-tem in Bloomfield Hills, easily swept both precincts in the city and padded his lead by taking Bloomfield Township as well. With all precincts reporting, the clerk's unofficial results show he won Bloomfield Township with 34 percent of the vote, compared to Potts (30%), Wolkinson (29%), and Lawrence (7%). And he needed every bit of that cushion to help offset precincts he lost to Potts in Birmingham and Wolkinson in West Bloomfield.

McCready said it was hard to highlight one or two reasons why he won, but it boiled down to hard work. He spent weeks meeting with community leaders and groups to share his fiscally conservative views and outlook for job growth. He was also savvy with social media and posted a series of no-frills infomercials on YouTube.com to spread the word.

"No doubt it was a key part of our strategy and it proved to be a valuable resource," he said.

Campaign cash was one resource that may not have mattered much in this race, according to pre-primary finance data.

Potts accrued more than $114,000, compared to McCready's $62,000, And Wolkinson, a first-time candidate that garnered endorsements from Right to Life of Michigan and the Michigan Farm Bureau Agri-PAC, lent his campaign $199,000.

McCready now faces West Bloomfield Democrat , who ran unopposed Tuesday, in the November election to fill the open seat left by term-limited Rep. Chuck Moss (R-Birmingham).

Jenny Greenwell August 08, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Congratulations to Mr. McReady! I think District 40 residents have made a wise choice, and I am grateful for his candidacy and that our interests will be well-represented in the State House. I hope David Wolkinson, who came in second in this competitive race, will also continue to persue public office in Michigan. We need this kind of energy and economic sense!
Brad Fingeroot August 11, 2012 at 04:37 PM
A major congratulations to Mike, he is going to make an outstanding representative - our community is lucky to have had such a distinguished group of candidates vying for office. One clarification to the above commenter, the Wolkinson campaign never represented that Snyder endorsed. The quote that was used was approved by Governor Snyder and represented exactly what it said. Never once did the campaign falsify the extent of support.

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