(Posted April 24) Among all aspirants in open (non-incumbent) races for various Michigan judgeships this year, two get the top prize — John Economopoulos of Escanaba, an attorney in private practice, and Macomb Co. Probate Judge Carl Marlinga.
How so? Well, each is running UNOPPOSED for a full six-year term on a Circuit Court with no incumbent and no competition in sight. That’s unusual, to say the least. Usually, there are multiple candidates whenever a seat opens up for any court in Michigan — be it appeals, circuit, district or probate. The best example this year is the 16 candidates running for four open (non-incumbent) seats on Wayne County’s 3rd Circuit bench.
Both Economopoulos and Marlinga have suffered some recent reversals in their attempts to get elected. Econompoulos lost a race for a Delta Co. district judgeship two years ago, although he was one of the two general election finalists. But now a sitting Delta Co. circuit judge is retiring, and Economopoulos finds himself unchallenged in his bid to succeed the incumbent.
Marlinga had early success as a five-times elected Macomb Co. prosecuting attorney, but then he lost a challenge to U.S. Rep. Candice Miller (R-Harrison Twp) and wound up having to beat criminal charges a couple of years later. After several years in private practice, Marlinga rebounded to get elected to a Macomb Co. probate judgeship in 2012 and now, with a new, open seat on the circuit bench in the offing, he’s drawn no opponents.
Barring write-ins, which won’t happen, color this duo “elected.” In judicial electoral politics, even with a setback or two it pays to keep on keepin’ on.
Andrew Buza says
Mr markings is the best man for the job.
Andrew Buza says
Mr.Marlinga is the best man for the Job.