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Genesee County officials survive challenges in August primary

This is the Genesee County Administration Building.
This is the Genesee County Administration Building.((source: WJRT))
Published: Aug. 5, 2020 at 3:16 PM EDT
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GENESEE COUNTY, Mich. (WJRT) - Four of Genesee County’s top elected officials survived challenges in Tuesday’s primary election based on unofficial totals released Wednesday.

All four will advance to the November ballot.

Prosecutor David Leyton beat Flint attorney Trachelle Young in the Democratic primary with nearly 59% of the vote. He moves on to the November general election, where no Republicans are on the ballot to oppose him.

Sheriff Chris Swanson beat current Flint Police Chief Phil Hart and former Flint Police Chief Timothy Johnson in the Democratic primary to advance to the November general election. Swanson had 58% of the vote to 19% for Johnson and 12% for Hart.

Swanson, who was appointed sheriff in January after Robert Pickell retired, will face Republican Stephen Sanford in November. Sanford ran unopposed for his party’s nomination on Tuesday.

County Clerk/Register of Deeds John Gleason beat Renee Watson in the Democratic primary with 52% of the vote. Gleason will move on to the November ballot to face Republican Jesse Couch, who ran unopposed for his party’s nomination.

Drain Commissioner Jeff Wright easily beat challenger Travis Wines with 62% of the vote. Wright will advance to the November election, where he will appear on the ballot unopposed.

Preliminary results also showed millages for the Mass Transportation Authority system and Genesee County Animal Control passed by wide margins. School bond and millage questions in Atherton, Clio, Goodrich and Lake Fenton also passed.

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