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2 Supreme Court incumbents each raise about $500K

August 13, 2014
Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Two conservative justices on the Michigan Supreme Court have each raised about $500,000 for their campaigns.

Brian Zahra and David Viviano were appointed to the court by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder.

Viviano raised $495,000 and had $475,000 saved as of last week. He's running in November for two years remaining in the term of Diane Hathaway, who quit because of a criminal conviction.

Zahra's seeking a full eight-year term and has raised $503,000, with $482,000 saved.

Democrats this month may nominate Wayne County Circuit Judge Deborah Thomas to run against Zahra and someone else to face Viviano. They'll choose blind attorney Richard Bernstein to fill the seat opening with Justice Michael Cavanagh's retirement. Republicans will nominate Kent County Circuit Judge James Redford.

Bernstein has given his campaign $100,000.



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