Marlinga to come off the bench during Macomb’s Friday possible congressional run – Macomb Daily

Carl Marlinga will step down as judge on Friday, after which he could announce his candidacy for Congress.

Marlinga said last week he would soon step down from the bench, months before his term expires as he considers a bid as a Democrat for the newly drawn 10th congressional seat that could pit him against the Republican John James in November.

A Macomb County Circuit Court press release says Marlinga’s last day on the bench will be Friday. Marlinga said last week he needed time to complete his court cases; his last day in the courtroom was last Friday.

Marlinga’s term ends at the end of this year and he cannot seek re-election due to his age of 75.

The 10-month early retirement will allow Governor Gretchen Whitmer to name a successor by March 21 to give this nominee incumbent status on the ballot. Warren and Center Line 37th District Court Judge Matthew Sabaugh, son of longtime Democratic Macomb County Clerk Carmella Sabaugh, recently announced he is running for the Marlinga seat.

Chief Justice James Biernat Jr. called Marlinga “a long-standing fixture in the Macomb County legal community.” »

“Many judges from the 16th Judicial Circuit Court and throughout Macomb County began their legal careers working for Carl in the district attorney’s office,” Biernat said in the statement.

Marlinga was assistant district attorney for Macomb in 1984 when he won the county district attorney election, then was re-elected four times before choosing not to run in 2000. He practiced criminal defense until 2012, when he won a judgeship as Macomb Probate and then in 2016 won the circuit bench election. He also filled in probate court during his time on the circuit bench.

Early in his career, Marlinga worked as a special prosecutor with the United States Department of Justice’s Organized Crime Strike Force.

He has presided over the Circuit Court Mental Health Tribunal since its inception in 2013 and has been recognized by the National Association for the Mentally Ill for his advocacy on behalf of the mentally ill.

He was honored by Mount Clemens-based Turning Point, an advocacy group and shelter provider for victims of domestic violence, for his work and, as a prosecutor, helped establish the Macomb Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners program. to allow for rapid examination and support services for victims of crime. sexual behavior. He was a founding board member of Care House, the county-designated children’s advocacy organization.

Much of Macomb County is contained within the new 10th District.

James, who ran twice for the U.S. Senate, announced Jan. 31 that he was running. The other Republican candidate is Birmingham lawyer and former nurse Eric Esshaki.

The Democratic candidates so far are Warren City Councilwoman Angelena Rogensues and human rights lawyer Huwaida Arraf.

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