Wozniak’s policy decision draws criticism from opponent in State House – Macomb Daily

State Sen. Doug Wozniak’s announcement that he is running for the state House of Representatives from the 59th district has drawn criticism from his arch-rival in the race, Terence Mekoski, whom he beat in a a primary last year.

Wozniak, who currently fills the remainder of former Senator Peter Lucido’s seat, surprised some political observers last week when he indicated he would not be seeking re-election to the Senate because he resides in the new 24th district, which already includes incumbent Republican Ruth Johnson. of Oakland County.

Wozniak hinted that he would run for the House and late Monday afternoon made it official with an official announcement at the Tap & Barrel Grill in Shelby Township, followed by a press release at the end evening.

Instead of facing Johnson in a “controversial campaign, I chose to step aside to allow Senator Ruth Johnson to continue her service in the state Senate,” Wozniak said last week.

The announcement drew criticism from Mekoski, who filed for the 59th District post, accusing him of backing down after a battle against Johnson, a strong incumbent. She is a former Michigan Secretary of State and one time candidate for Lieutenant Governor.

“I think it’s a shame,” Mekowski said. “He wasted our district’s time. Now he’s returned to Shelby Township because he’s scared of a fight with Ruth Johnson. I don’t think someone who gives up so easily should represent us.

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Mekoski said he doesn’t fear a battle against Wozniak.

“I’m not afraid of anyone in my life,” he said. “I’m afraid of God, that’s all.”

He pointed out that Wozniak will only be able to serve one term as he has already served two terms as a state representative.

“We need someone who will be there the next two, four, six years,” Mekoski said.

The Independent Citizens’ Redistricting Commission created a new 24th District that spans four counties from suburban Flint south to Shelby Township, including parts of Genesee, Lapeer, Oakland, and Macomb counties.

Meanwhile, the 59th District is made up of Shelby Township and the northwest corner of Macomb Township.

In his announcement, Wozniak “spoke about looking forward to continuing to serve as a strong voice for his home and his heart – Macomb County.”

“I have lived, raised a family, operated a business and served the community in Shelby Township for the past 30 years, and when I ran for the Senate to represent our community in Lansing last year, I didn’t could not have been more honored to have been chosen by my neighbors and friends to represent them,” Wozniak said in the statement. “But the ICRC took what was a legislative district of Macomb County and expanded it to four counties, so I decided – with lots of input from family, friends and supporters – to come back for a last term in the House of Representatives, representing residents of Shelby and Macomb Townships in the new 59th District.

Wozniak could not immediately be reached for comment on Tuesday to respond to Mekoski’s statements.

Wozniak beat Mekoski and several Republicans, including state Rep. Pamela Hornberger of Chesterfield Township, in last year’s primary to serve the final years of the Senate seat previously held by Pete Lucido, who became a prosecutor County.

On March 1, Mekoski bounced back and won his first election in three tries as he prevailed in the Republican primary over Sylvia Grot and two other Republicans to run May 3 against lone Democrat James Diez for a short stint. eight months in the former seat of Wozniak, representing the 36th district, under the limits which remain in force until January 1 next.

Mekoski is now in the rare situation where he is simultaneously running for two positions.

Mekoski, 57, burst onto the scene in 2020 when he performed well in the loss to Democratic incumbent Anthony Wickersham.

He works full-time as a senior financial crimes investigator for the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and retired in 2016 as a commanding officer with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.

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