Post by Helen Dagner on Oct 30, 2012 0:18:17 GMT -5
Michael Bishop, 45, of Rochester, admits he's somewhat of a reluctant candidate, only entering the prosecutor's race because he was recruited to run by County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. He's an attorney, but the bulk of his career was spent in Lansing. His main criticism of Cooper is that she's too bossy when it comes to dealing with the assistant prosecuting attorneys. He also takes exception with how she's handled information requests from Barry King, the father of Timothy King, one of the victims of the so-called Oakland County child killer.
Cooper, 66, of Beverly Hills, is just the opposite: All her professional experience is drawn from the courtroom. Her first political victory came in 1978 against an incumbent judge in Southfield's 46th District Court. She then served multiple terms on the Oakland County Circuit Court and Michigan Court of Appeals.
Cooper has demonstrated she can run an effective prosecutor's office. She also has the endorsement of numerous local police agencies. With those factors in mind, we recommend Jessica Cooper for Oakland County prosecutor.
It was one of the more hotly contested races in a county that until recent years, consistently elected Republicans to countywide offices. Cooper, the first woman to hold that office, was elected in 2008. Cooper led 51%-45%, with 54% of precincts reporting.
"We're cautiously optimistic," said Paul Walton, chief assistant prosecutor. He and Cooper and Cooper's supporters were at a restaurant in Royal Oak watching the returns. "There's still a lot of precincts out there, but the numbers are encouraging."
Post by Helen Dagner on Nov 7, 2012 5:43:19 GMT -5
Most of Oakland County’s top officials were on the road to re-election as the votes were being counted well after midnight. With a majority of precincts reporting, it appeared County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Sheriff Michael Bouchard, Prosecutor Jessica Cooper and Treasurer Andy Meisner will keep their seats for another four years.
But Clerk Bill Bullard was facing a possible upset from Democrat Lisa Brown, and the race for water commissioner - between incumbent John McCulloch and Democratic challenger Jim Nash - was too close to call. With 480 0f 544 precincts counted, McCulloch led by a razor thin 50.40 percent to 49.11 percent margin.
Cooper and Meisner are also Democrats, while the other county officials are Republicans. Patterson reportedly recruited former state lawmaker Mike Bishop to run against Cooper. Bishop and Meisner’s opponent, Marty Knollenberg, both appeared in several campaign fliers along with Patterson, Bouchard, McCulloch and Bullard.