Four seek seats on the bench
By Pat Maurer
Marcy Klaus and Tara Hovey will face off in the non-partisan election for the17th District Probate Judge’s seat in Clare and Gladwin Counties on the November 6 ballot.
Hovey is an attorney and partner in Dreyer and Hovey of Harrison. She is from Rosebush, and graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School, Central Michigan University and Ohio Northern College of Law. She has been an attorney in the area for 17 years, “handling thousands of cases,” and has “the real life experience in and out of the courtroom,” she said.
Klaus is an attorney and partner in the Allen & Klaus law firm in Clare and has practiced in this area since 1999. She grew up in Clare and graduated from Clare High School, Michigan State University and the Valparaiso University College of Law. “Since 99 I have worked almost exclusively in the areas of family and probate law,” she said.
Tuesday’s non-partisan ballot will also feature the race for 55th Circuit Court Judge with Incumbent Judge Roy Mienk seeking his second six-year term and facing a challenge from attorney and former Clare County Prosecutor Ghazey Aleck, II.
Judge Roy Mienk said earlier that he is proud of his record in the Circuit Court. He said, “I strive to treat everyone with dignity and respect.” During his term, he said he started a program to collect back fines and unpaid restitution since 1986. He said through classes at the jail, this year 21 jail inmates earned a GED and two got high school diplomas. He started a recovery program for those convicted of drug and alcohol use. He has been an attorney for 20 years and Circuit Judge for five and a half years.
Aleck has challenged Mienk’s claims, saying, “Our community deserves better than what we are getting. Dedicated to the Constitution, I believe that government is supposed to serve the people, not the other way around. My 26 years of experience proves I will do the right thing solely because it is the right thing. It’s time people get what is right, fair and appropriate in Court.”