Commission races, SMART tax plan amid election battle in Macomb County

Macomb County is a battleground state in a battleground state where local issues, including a contentious school board election and a battle for control of the county commission, can defy partisanship.

Former Republican President Donald Trump won the state’s third-most populous county twice, but Mark Hackel has held the seat for 12 years and won at least 65 percent of the vote in the past three elections. Hackel now faces Republican challenger Nicole Brandenburg of Macomb Township, a former county commissioner.

Republicans hold a 7-6 majority on the county commission for newly created districts approved by a 4-1 Republican board in 2021. The lawsuit ws filed by former Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Mark Brewer after the new district map was approved to challenge the process.

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