Heights primaries to set races for state, local positions

By J. PATRICK PEPPER
Times-Herald Newspapers

HEIGHTS — Voters here are set to choose Democratic nominees in two Michigan House of Representatives races, a Democratic nominee for Wayne County Commissioner, Republican nominees for one Congressional race, and two finalists for the nonpartisan City Council race.

The only congressional race is for the U.S. House 15th District currently held by John Dingell (D-Dearborn). (See related story for more information.)

Michigan Representative
16th District

Incumbent Robert Constan (D-Dearborn) will look to best primary challenger Democrat Michael Greene, of Inkster, for re-election to a third and final term. The district includes parts of Dearborn Heights, Garden City, Inkster and Allen Park.

Both men are involved in the legal profession. Prior to his election in 2006, Constan was a practicing attorney for nearly 20 years.

Greene, meanwhile, is a court officer in Inkster’s 22nd District Court and a former Inkster City Councilmen. He was forced to resign from the council in 2007 after an opinion from Attorney General Mike Cox saying Greene couldn’t hold both positions at once.

Greene filed paperwork with the state pledging to spend less than $1,000 on his campaign, the threshold at which candidates must start reporting expenses and donations.

The winner will face Republican Michael Mullin, a former Public Safety Commissioner in his hometown of Allen Park.

Michigan Representative
17th District

Current officeholder Andy Dillon (D-Redford Twp.) is term-limited and running for governor, leaving the door open for one of two candidates to take his place as the district’s Democratic standard-bearer.

Seeking that post are Phil Cavanagh of Redford Township and Dearborn Heights resident Frank Tomcsik. Both men boast strong educational backgrounds. Cavanagh is a lawyer with a master’s degree in business administration, while Tomcsik this year earned his master’s in public administration from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Cavanagh also is a former Wayne County Commissioner, serving four terms representing the 9th District, which includes parts of Dearborn Heights.

The winner faces Redford Township Republican Michael Adams in the general election.

Wayne County Commission
9th District

Incumbent Diane Webb (D-Garden City) is shooting for her first full term on the commission after winning a special election in 2008 for the then-vacant seat. Also seeking the Democratic nomination is Michael Todd.

Republican Michael Adams awaits the winner.