For the first time in six years, residents in greater Rochester will have a new state representative following November's election.
Due to term limits, incumbent John Garfield is leaving office, and six candidates are vying to take his place in Michigan's 45th District, which covers Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Township.
Next month's primary election sets the stage for the race by trimming the field of four Republicans and two Democrats. The top vote-getters from each party will go head-to-head in the fall.
For Democrats, the choice is easy. Randy Young is a well-rounded candidate with an interesting background and relevant thoughts about matters like the economy, education and the environment. He wants to see less partisan bickering among lawmakers and his willingness to part ways with his political party are a sign that he could be effective in Lansing, where the ability to build consensus and foster compromise are key traits.