Economopoulos, Parks advance

ESCANABA – Despite voter turn out being only 24 percent, Delta County residents made their voices heard on local and state races during Tuesday’s primary election.


Two of the three candidates in the hotly contested District Court Judge race will move on to the November general election ballot. County Prosecutor Steve Parks, who received 3,284 votes in the primary, and local attorney John Economopoulos, who received 2,242 votes will have their names on the ballot.

“I’m very humbled by the support that I’ve received and I’m very grateful for all the help that I’ve received along the way,” said Parks of the win.

Economopoulos also noted that he was thankful for help from his supporters.

“My family and I are very grateful for all the people who’ve supported me during this campaign, and we’re very happy to be moving forward into the general election,” he said. “I’m looking forward to continuing my effort to serve our county as the next District Court judge, and I look forward to meeting more people along the way.”

Parks carried 21 of the 23 precincts in the county. Economopoulos carried the remaining two precincts, Nahma Township and Wells Township Precinct 1.

The third candidate, Trenton Stupak, who received a total of 1,040 votes, will not appear on the November ballot.


Incumbent and long-time Delta County commissioner Tom Elegeert was defeated in the Democratic primary Tuesday by challenger John Malnar. Elegeert, who has served on the commission for 32 years, received 309 votes, and Malnar received 329.

Despite the defeat, Elegeert was in good spirits Wednesday morning.

“I don’t have to worry about the new jail, the airport issues, and all the issues that have become a part of my life. It’s a relief,” he told the Daily Press.


Christopher Germain, of Escanaba, defeated Chris LaMarche, of Gladstone, in the Democratic primary race for the 38th State Senate District. Germain, who will appear on the November ballot against incumbent Republican Sen. Tom Casperson, received 5,435 votes besting LaMarche’s 5,291.

Local results in the candidates’ home county showed voters had a different choice for representation in the state senate. In Delta County, LaMarche took home 1,327 votes, and Germain took home 1,143.


Incumbent Rep. Dan Benishek defended his spot on the Republican ticket Tuesday by defeating challenger Alan Arcand in the race for Michigan’s 1st District. Benishek took home 49,435 votes and Arcand took home 21,462.

Benishek took every county in the district in the primary. In Delta County Benishek received 2,665 votes and Arcand received 870, Schoolcraft voters gave Benishek 126 votes to Arcand’s 11, and Menominee voters gave 187 votes to Benishek and 20 to Arcand.