Latchana elected to the 67th district bench

— It was a tough choice for many voters Tuesday, but Attorney Mark W. Latchana was elected to fill the 67th District Court Judge seat being vacated by age-limited Judge Richard Hughes.

Latchana, 38, defeated Genesee County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Gerald D. Snodgrass, son of the late Judge Gerald Snodgrass who sat on the bench in the 67th District Court in Burton for years.

Latchana, the son-in-law of Hughes, received 13,002 votes, while Snodgrass netted 9,118 votes.

Latchana, who lives in Davison with his wife, Elizabeth, and three children, graduated from Carman- Ainsworth High School in 1990. He attended Michigan State University and Wayne State University Law School.

He has been an attorney in private practice since 2002 with offices in Genesee County. He was previously employed by the Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office from 1997 to 2002.

Snodgrass, 37, lives in Burton with his wife, Marie Hamelin Snodgrass, and two sons.

He said he was disappointed in the outcome of the race, but was happy to be able to spend time with his children again after a lengthy race.

“We ran a good honest campaign,” said Snodgrass. “I want to thank the people who helped me. Mark is a good guy and he’ll make a good judge.”

Latchana could not be reached Wednesday morning for comment.

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