Longtime Republican office holders Marty Knollenberg, Michael McCready lose election to Democratic political newcomers

By Anne Runkle, The Oakland Press

Two longtime Republican office holders lost their bids for election to the state Senate Tuesday to Democratic political newcomers.

Marty Knollenberg, who served one term as a Republican senator from the 13th District, lost his re-election bid to Mallory McMorrow, a former advertising executive and Royal Oak resident. Before his election to the Senate, Knollenberg served three terms in the state House.

Also losing Tuesday was Republican Michael McCready, who was running for the state Senate’s 12th District seat. McCready had also served three terms in the state House. He lost to Rosemary Bayer, a software engineer from Beverly Hills who runs her own business.

Bayer said the Senate race was her first attempt at elected office. She said the state Democratic Party considered the district solidly Republican and initially declined to assist her financially.

She said she and her team knocked on about 50,000 doors as part of her campaign for the seat. Bayer said she decided to get involved in politics after Donald Trump won the presidential race in 2016.

She said her main goals as a state legislator will be to improve investment in education, devise a long-range plan to take care of Michigan’s water and other environmental resources and improve access to health care.

Knollenberg, McCready and McMorrow could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

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