Latchana, Snodgrass to face off in Nov.

— Attorney Mark W. Latchana will go against Genesee County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Gerald D. Snodgrass in November for the 67th District Court Judge spot.

Latchana was the top-vote getter in Tuesday’s contest, raking in 35.04 percent, or 3,711 votes, while Snodgrass collected 25.89 percent, or 2,742 tallies, on the evening.

Latchana could not be reached as of press time. Snodgrass said he felt the evening went “pretty well” when reached by phone at his campaign headquarters late Monday evening.

“Obviously we hoped to come in first, but we are pretty proud of what we did,” he said. “We spent about 1/3 less and came in only 9 percent behind.”

Snodgrass said he will continue to let residents know about his law enforcement background and community service record going forward to the November campaign, stating the judge position needs “someone who serves the people and serves through community and that’s what we’re going to try and highlight.” In the race ahead, Snodgrass said he thought the contest “will be great.”

“I actually had a chance to talk to Mark tonight,” he said. “He’s a good friend and a good guy.” The winner will take the seat being left vacant by current judge Richard Hughes.

Attorney Kevin Rush finished in third place, with 14.42 percent, or 1,527 votes, while Terina Carte was fourth with 13.83 percent, or 1,465 ballots. Attorney Michael J. Breczinksi placed fifth in the final vote total, with 10.57 percent, or 1,120 votes.

Voters in Genesee County had several other items on the ballot, including the MTA Millage renewal proposal. The millage renewal passed by a vote of 67.37 percent, or 33,086 yes votes, to 36.63 percent, or 19,123 no votes. The vote approved a levy of 40 cents per $1,000 on the taxable value of property in Genesee County for the next five years (2011 to 2015). Approximately $4,554,431 is expected to be collected during the millage’s first year in effect. The previous millage expires after the 2010 levy.

In another race, 26th District State Sen. Deborah Cherry, D-Burton, won the Democratic nod for Genesee County Treasurer, besting candidate and State Rep. Lee Gonzales, D-Flint Township. Cherry received 53.14 percent, or 15,750 votes, with Gonzales taking 46.65 percent, or 13,825 votes. Cherry will give up her state senate position due to term limits at the end of 2010. She will run against Republican challenger Judy Zabik, who ran unopposed Tuesday and collected 20,724 votes.

Voters statewide have narrowed down the governor’s race to a fight in November between Rick Snyder and Virg Bernero. Snyder bested state Attorney General Mike Cox for the Republican nod, while Bernero topped Andy Dillon for the Democratic bid.

The general election takes place Tuesday, Nov. 2.

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