The county's top law-enforcement officials are choosing sides in the upcoming judicial races, but whether their endorsements will sway voters is an open question.
On Friday, Howell attorney Jay Drick, candidate for 53rd District Court judge in Brighton, announced he has been endorsed by Sheriff Bob Bezotte and a statewide police organization.
Bezotte has already endorsed Carol Hackett Garagiola in the seven-person race for Livingston County Probate Court judge. Garagiola is legal and policy director of Michigan's Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Board.
County Prosecutor David Morse also endorsed Garagiola in the probate race, and Judge Theresa Brennan in the Brighton District Court campaign.
Drick and Brennan will face Christina Heikkinen, a Howell attorney, in the Aug. 8 primary.
Garagiola and six others — attorney and Hamburg Township Treasurer Roberta Balon-Vaughn, attorney Robert Parker, Juvenile Court Referee Kathleen Oemke, Brighton attorney Suzanne Dugas, Howell attorney Anthony Kandt and Marion Township attorney Lyle Dickson — also are competing in an August primary.
We have a split in endorsements for the Circuit race. David Morse is backing Theresa Brennan. Bob Bezotte is backing Drick. Considering that Morse has to be in her court all the time, I'm not that surprised by it. We'll see what affect this has as it unfolds.