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KEY ELECTIONS: More local races

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MID-MICHIGAN (WNEM) -

Bay County is getting its first new sheriff in years.

Democrat Troy Cunningham won with 68 percent of the vote over Republican Jason Holsapple.

In Genesee County, Democrat Robert Pickell held on to the office of sheriff, beating challenger Matthew Krol with 62 percent of the vote.

In Saginaw County, longtime politician Mike Hanley took on Amy Carl for the officer of clerk. After trailing for a portion of the night, Hanley was able to make a turn around, winning the night with 53 percent of the vote.

In the race for Saginaw County Treasurer, Democrat Tim Novak was able to overcome challenger Heather McLeod.

It was a tight race for the majority of the night, but Novak pulled out in the end winning 55 percent of the vote.

In the race for Bay County Probate Judge, Jan Miner was able to come out on top.

Minor won 62 percent of the vote while her opponent, John Kuevelaar, had only 38 percent.

While this position is only for a partial term, Minor plans on fulfilling her duty to the best of her ability.

“We have a ton of hard work. There are so many issues concerning our children, our vulnerable adults in this community. It's going to take a lot of dedication from the staff and the people there which I know we all have. To make sure the people of Bay County are protected,” she said.

Meanwhile, a longtime lawmaker has become an executive for Bay County.

Democrat Jim Barcia, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives, handily won the election of Bay County Executive and now he's focused on helping to make the county a stronger place to live.

“Well we're going to focus like a laser on economic development and job creation in Bay County. Over the past several years, we've seen a slow but steady loss of population in Bay County, which affects our federal revenue sharing and our state aid for the K-12 students that attend our local schools, both private and public. And so we're going to develop an ambitious agenda that we hope to begin work on in January after I’m sworn in,” Barcia said.

In the 34th District, Representative Sheldon Neeley has handily won his election, winning the race with 88 percent of the vote.

Now he turns to focus on bringing Michiganders together to make the state a better place.

“Elevating the quality of life for all Michiganders should be the goal whether your Democrat or Republican. I think we all need to come together to try and work to that resolve. Try to increase the quality of life to residents inside the state of Michigan, whether you be a Republican or a Democrat,” Neeley said.

Overall, three Democrats and three republicans won their races for representatives.

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