Former Oakland County Circuit Judge Jessica Cooper will run for Oakland County prosecutor on the Democratic ticket.
Speaking at the Race Relations & Diversity Task Force meeting this morning at The Community House in Birmingham Dave Woodward, chairman of the Oakland County Democratic Party, said Cooper “has the credentials... and name recognition” to capture the seat, which is being vacated by David Gorcyca, who is not seeking re-election.
Woodward also said she has the fund-raising ability to run a successful campaign.
Cooper, a Bingham Farms resident, achieved national attention in 1999 when she presided over the trial of Jack Kevorkian, ultimately sentencing him to 10 to 25 years in prison for one of his assisted suicides. In 2001 she was elected to the state Court of Appeals, from which she resigned earlier this year.
She received a law degree from Wayne State University.
Gorcyca was elected prosecutor in 1996.
Cooper could not be reached for comment Thursday morning.
Woodward was speaking at the Task Force meeting with Dennis Cowan, chairman of the Oakland County Republican Party, on the topic of how important voting is no matter which party you favor.