Miller holds lead in 49th district race

FLINT TWP. — With the Aug. 6 primary election less than a month away, it is looking like Flint Township may need a new supervisor in November.

According to a poll conducted June 19-21 by Practical Political Consulting, Flint Township Supervisor Karyn Miller, a Flushing Democrat, leads her primary opponents Phil Phelps, also of Flushing, and Eli Isaguirre of Swartz Creek.

Poll data showed Miller with 54 percent of the potential vote, followed by Phelps, with 33 percent, and Isaguirre with 13 percent. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 9%.

Other Democrats on the ballot are Dan Hipkins of Flushing, Trevor Rodgers of Swartz Creek, and Don Wright of Flint Township. No poll placements were reported for them.

To collect the data, Practical Political Consulting, based in Lansing, called 2,000 likely Democratic primary voters in the 49th district. Voters were asked who they supported between Isaguirre, Miller and Phelps in the August 6 election.

State congressional District 49 includes Flint Township, Swartz Creek, Flushing, Mt. Morris city and township, and a small, southwestern portion of Flint.

“I am pleased that my message is resonating with the voters of the 49th district,” Miller said in a written statement. “People are looking for more job opportunities and cleaner, safer communities. I have a record of doing this as the Flint Township Supervisor for the last 5 years.”

Miller is one of eight candidates running for State Representative for the 49th District seat vacated when Jim Ananich was elected to State Senator for the 27th District in May. He filled a seat opened in November when John Gleason was elected as the Genesee County Clerk.

This string of special elections would end if Miller is elected to fill the 49th district seat. The Flint Township Board will appoint an interim Supervisor to replace Miller until the next regularly scheduled election.

If the preliminary poll holds true and Miller emerges as the Democratic victor next month, she will face one of two Republican candidates in the November 5 election. Candidates are Patrick Duvendeck of Flushing and Don Pfeiffer of Flint.

But Miller’s chances of victory in November are strong because the 49th district traditionally votes Democratic. Miller would serve the remainder of Ananich’s four-year term ending in 2016. She is currently serving her second term as Flint Township supervisor, having been re-elected in the November 2012 election.

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