This is an excerpt of a story I wrote for the new edition of Inside Michigan Politics.


By Chad Selweski

As the candidate filing deadline approaches, Macomb County is a political battleground in transition, with many new players lining up for spots on the 2016 ballot.

Macomb County is used to being hotly contested in presidential races — indeed, it was for both the Democratic and GOP March 8 primaries. But congressional and state House races could provide even more excitement down ballot.

The changing of the guard includes the retirement of U.S. Rep. Candice Miller (R-Harrison Twp.); the departure of six state representatives due to term limits; and another House vacancy created by the recent appointment of Rep. Derek Miller (D-Warren) as county treasurer. Longtime County Treasurer Ted Wahby died in December. And Macomb voters face more change as the county will be electing at least three new circuit court judges.

In the race to replace Miller (Candice, not Derek — no relation), the field appears to be set, as IMP has learned that former state Rep. Frank Accavitti is the surprise candidate to emerge for the Democratic nomination in the solidly Republican 10th Congressional District. Accavitti, a former Eastpointe mayor who served in the state House from 2005 to 2010, will likely not face opposition in the Democratic primary. He will apparently use a second residence, a cottage in the Thumb Area, as his home base.

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