Most local Jewish candidates in state house and senate races fared well.
In Michigan’s 11th Senate District, which includes includes Farmington, Farmington Hills, Ferndale, Hazel Park, Huntington Woods, Lathrup Village, Madison Heights, Oak Park, Pleasant Ridge, Royal Oak and Southfield, Democrat Jeremy Moss won 76 percent of the vote compared to 21 percent for Republican Boris Tuman. Moss is a member of Congregation Beth Ahm.
Incumbent Jewish Democrat Robert Wittenberg, who is affiliated with Temple Emanu-El and Temple Israel, defeated Republican Janet Flessland 78 percent to 18 percent in Michigan’s District 27 house race, which includes the cities of Berkley, Ferndale, Hazel Park, Huntington Woods, Oak Park and Pleasant Ridge as well as Royal Oak Township.
In House District 40, which includes Bloomfield Hills and Birmingham, Bloomfield Township and a portion of West Bloomfield Township, Republican candidate David Wolkinson, a member of Young Israel of Southfield, lost to Democrat Mari Manoogian, 56 percent to 43 percent.
In House District 39, which includes western West Bloomfield Township, Commerce Township, the Village of Wolverine Lake and Wixom. Republican Ryan Berman, a member of Temple Israel, was leading Democrat Jennifer Suidan. Berman had 56 percent compared to 40 percent for Suidan, with 57 percent of the precincts reporting.
Michigan Republicans will retain majorities in both the Michigan House and Senate despite losing some seats in Tuesday’s election, setting the stage for a divided government with Democratic Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer.