Marcy Klaus and Tara Hovey will face off in November’s non-partisan election for the17th District Probate Judge’s seat in Clare and Gladwin Counties. The two attorneys bested former Clare County Prosecutor and Assistant Gladwin County Prosecutor Norm Gage in both Clare and Gladwin County Primary elections Tuesday.
The seat on the bench opened up when Judge Thomas McLaughlin retired recently.
Klaus collected 1,676 Clare County votes and 1,879 more in Gladwin County for the six-year term. Hovey came in second with 1,310 votes in Clare County and 829 in Gladwin County. Gage took third place with 982 Clare County votes and 728 in Gladwin County.
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.
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.
November’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.