Third candidate enters 19th District judge race

Gene Hunt

Gene Hunt

Attorney Gene Hunt announces intentions to run

DEARBORN – The field for Bill Hultgren’s 19th District Court seat grew to three Monday when Dearborn attorney Gene Hunt announced his intentions to run.

Hunt has been an attorney for 31 years, and said he has handled more than 10,000 cases in 19th District Court. Hunt said he has handled more cases than any other attorney in Dearborn court history.

“We live in uncertain times,” Hunt said. “There’s a growing perception that there are two different forms of justice – one for the wealthy and powerful and one for the rest of us.

“I am running for district judge to bring a steady hand to the Dearborn District Court, to use my 31 years of experience to protect the constitutional rights of all of our citizens and guarantee equal access to justice.”

Hunt grew up in Dearborn, where he attended William FordElementary School, Woodworth Middle School, Fordson High School, Henry Ford College and University of Michigan-Dearborn. Hunt attended Wayne State University Law School.

“I am a son of Dearborn through and through,” he said. “If Dearborn had a law school, I would have attended it.

“The only time I didn’t live in Dearborn was during the mid-1970s when I joined the United States Marine Corp. After my service to our country I immediately moved back to Dearborn.”

Hunt and his wife, Carol, have been married for 33 years. Carol Hunt is a third-generation Dearbornite. Her grandfather, Andrew Cain, was the first Dearborn police officer killed in the line of duty.

The Hunts have two daughters and three grandchildren.

Two others have declared their intention to run for Hultgren’s seat. City Council President Susan Dabaja announced her candidacy in February, and local attorney Abbie Bazzi announced her candidacy in January.

Hultgren is retiring at the end of his current term because of age limitations.

If three or more candidates file by the 4 p.m. April 19 deadline, they will be on the Aug. 2 primary election ballot, with the top two votegetters advancing to the Nov. 8 general election.