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Meinecke, Ginotti to Compete for 44th District Court

Here are results from Tuesday's primary election in Royal Oak.

In the  (48 percent) and (32.09 percent) were the two candidates with the most votes in the August primary and will move on to the Nov. 6 general election. received 19.06 percent of votes.

Meinecke, 37, celebrated his victory with supporters at the Royal Oak Elks Lodge.

"This night was about Royal Oak and its citizens," he said. "I have walked in every neighbrhood in this town. I have heard so many voices. People are telling me what is important. We're excited to continue to get our message out to voters and push on to Nov. 6."

Meinecke, an assistant prosecuting attorney for Oakland County, said he will be back in circuit court Wednesday morning and after work he'll be coaching the Royal Oak Chargers freshman football team.

"In other words, I'll keep being the same person I always was," he said. "I'll be working hard."

Mayor Jim Ellison announced the results of the 44th District Court race to a group of Ginotti supporters on the patio of the . The mayor said Ginotti, 51, "finished solid" but "there is still a lot of work to do."

"Phase two starts tomorrow morning," said Ginotti, who works as an assistant to Michigan's Attorney General. "I am extremely happy tonight. I have good people and good support but we know we have lot of hard work to do."

Over at , attorney Nahhat, 50, gathered with his supporters. The group, while disappointed with the results, remained upbeat.

"For Ed to come out as well as he did against established competition, we're really proud of him," said Robert Zawideh. 

Nahhat seemed to be in good spirits as he enjoyed a late dinner with friends and family.

"Nineteen percent is a pretty good showing for first-time candidate," Nahhat said.

Royal Oak City Clerk Melanie Halas described turnout in Royal Oak as steady when she checked in with poll workers midday. As it turned out, 12,356 ballots were cast, representing a 25 percent voter turnout Tuesday.

44th District Judge results

 of Royal Oak's . The two candidates with the most votes in the August primary move on to the Nov. 6 general election.

TOTAL: 3,173 (32.09 percent) 4,746 (48 percent) 1,966 (19.66 percent)
lesliecollinsrn@gmail.com August 08, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Had a wonderful time celebrating with the Meinecke family last night at the Royal Oak Elks Lodge.The only thing better would have been to have Derek and Mandy's son Drew partake in the celebrations, as he was one of Derek's biggest campaigners!
Scott Brown August 08, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Great Job Ed Nahhat. I really enjoyed helping in your first campaign and hope that there will be another chance to shine in the future. Looking forward to Shakespear in the Park and another year of the Royal Oak Drama Club. You are a Royal Oak Gem.
Karen P. August 08, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Is there any hope that these candidates will take their political signs down for a month or two? Maybe the city council can enact an ordinance that only allows politcal signs to be posted 30 days in advance of an election. Other cities have rules like this. Meinike has had signs out since March or April. Give us a break, please. The signs only clutter the city landscape. Put them back up after October 1st!

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