FLINT TWP. — After a sevenman special primary election on March 12, State Rep. Jim Ananich has emerged as the Democratic candidate for the state senate seat vacated by John Gleason who was elected county clerk in November.
Ananich will face Republican challenger Robert J. Daunt in the May 7 general election to decide who will represent the 27th district for the remainder of Gleason’s term which expires in 2014.
It will be the second face-off between Ananich and Daunt in six months. Daunt unsuccessfully challenged Ananich for the 49th district congressional seat in the November general election in which Ananich received about 73 percent of the total vote.
In the March 12 primary, Ananich was the top vote-getter, getting 8,472, about 51 percent of votes compared to Democratic challengers Woodrow Stanley, 6,237, about 38 percent of votes; Ted Henry, 1,409 votes, about 9 percent; Chris Del Morone, 231 votes, about 1 pct. and Lawrence Woods, 148 votes, less than one percent.
In the Republican face-off, Daunt polled 1,025 votes, about 54 pct. over challenger Adam Ford, 851, about 45 pct. — Rhonda S. Sanders