October 19, 2018

Why the RCNMC is Endorsing in the 2018 Republican Primary Election

Earlier this year, the RCNMC Executive Committee voted unanimously to make endorsements in the 2018 Republican primary election.  This was a change to the longtime stance of the group to avoid endorsing in primaries.  The question some are asking is…what changed?

Well here in Macomb County, where anything goes, the reason can essentially be summed up in two words:  Karen Spranger.  Spranger surprised in winning not just the 2016 Republican primary race for Macomb County Clerk and Register of Deeds but, riding the Macomb County wave of support for President Donald Trump, she also defeated the more well funded and organized Democrat challenger, Fred Miller.  News reports detail the many eccentricities and embarrassing behaviors conducted by Spranger until a judge removed her from office.  However the memory of Spranger’s tenure in the position are a stain for the county as a whole and the Republican Party.

Spranger won the GOP primary by 312 votes over runner up Julie Williams, less than 1% of the total votes cast in that race.  But what if people spoke up more about potentially better candidates in the race?  The core political party apparatus on both sides generally stays out of publicly supporting anyone in a primary race for fear of alienating a portion of the party base.  The RCNMC had similar considerations but as an independent entity can choose its own rules to engage and decided it was time to make a change.

One of the purposes of the RCNMC is “to promote and work for the best possible government of the people of northern Macomb County.”  The Executive Board felt this was a more pressing concern than continuing to stay neutral in primary races.  It is with this notion in mind, and with the experience of local elected officials and longtime party activists in the RCNMC, that the group decided to take a stand and change their position about endorsing in the primary.  We are hopeful that we can help point out qualified candidates to the general public now and into the future.

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