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Posted on Wed, Nov 7, 2012 : 10:38 a.m.

Incumbent Washtenaw County sheriff, prosecutor, treasurer, clerk win

By Amy Biolchini

Four sitting Washtenaw County administrators will remain in office after winning their elections by wide margins Tuesday.


Evan Pratt

Voters in Washtenaw County returned the sitting prosecutor, sheriff, treasurer and clerk to office.

Voters have also chosen their next water resources commissioner, Democrat Evan Pratt, for a four-year term. Pratt, who received the endorsement of the retiring water resources commissioner Janis Bobrin, garnered 68.76 percent of the vote over his Republican opponent Eric Scheie.

Pratt was one of the top campaign fund-raisers in the county, bringing in $17,045 in cash and in-kind contributions.

He won his primary election with 72 percent of the vote against fellow Democrat Harry Bentz.

County prosecutor

Washtenaw County Prosecutor Brian Mackie will serve his sixth four-year term in the office after defeating challenger Justin Altman of Superior Township.

Altman graduated from Michigan State University Law School in 2011, and he's previously worked as an intern in the Washtenaw County Public Defender's Office.

Mackie garnered 85 percent of the vote in Tuesday's general election.

County sheriff


Jerry Clayton

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Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton will remain in his post for another four-year term after defeating his opponent, Jeffrey Gallatin.

Clayton won 70.53 percent of the vote to Gallatin's 29.02 percent.

This is the second term as sheriff for Clayton, who was elected in 2008 after a 20-year career with the Sherif's Office.

Gallatin declined previous interview requests from and has run a very quiet race for the position.

Clayton has raised a considerable amount of funds for the position: $38,973 in cash and in-kind contributions.

County treasurer

County Treasurer and Democrat Catherine McClary will serve another four-year term in the office. McClary defeated her Republican opponent Marlene Chockley.

McClary received 68.51 percent of the vote to Chockley's 31.06 percent.


Larry Kestenbaum

The treasurer serves a four-year term and has an annual salary of $98,570.

County clerk and register of deeds

Democrat Larry Kestenbaum will remain in his office as clerk and register of deeds after securing 68.39 percent of the vote.

His opponent, Republican Stanley F. Watson, won 31.06 percent of the vote.

The county clerk serves a four-year term and earns an annual salary of $101,528. Kestenbaum has been serving in that role since 2004.

Amy Biolchini covers Washtenaw County, health and environmental issues for Reach her at (734) 623-2552, or on Twitter.


Leah Gunn

Wed, Nov 7, 2012 : 8:05 p.m.

Water Resources Commissioner is a four year term. Check it out.

Amy Biolchini

Wed, Nov 7, 2012 : 11 p.m.

Leah, good point. I knew it was four but for some reason I wrote two -- going to chalk this up to a long election night. It's been corrected.

Larry Kestenbaum

Wed, Nov 7, 2012 : 5:01 p.m.

Many, many thanks to everyone for this vote of confidence. It is an honor to serve Washtenaw County. My staff and I will continue to strive to provide service that meets this community's high expectations, and to treat every customer with courtesy and respect.


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 8:28 p.m.

You earned my vote Larry, my interactions with the county clerks office have been efficient and positive. thanks for all you do.


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 12:09 a.m.

Thank you for the online ordering for records. And thanks for being responsive to us at this site.


Wed, Nov 7, 2012 : 9:17 p.m.

Larry, when are you going to have more accessible circuit court files so docket information can be downloaded via the Internet like Oakland and Macomb counties have? I have heard citizens commend your office on availability election results but not circuit court case file information.

Snarf Oscar Boondoggle

Wed, Nov 7, 2012 : 6:22 p.m.

you are welcome adn thank you. btw, what were thosse 31% thimking about? very puzzling.