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Down to the wire

Makinen ekes by in prosecutor race

November 7, 2012
By GARRETT NEESE - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON - In a race that came down to the final precinct, Houghton County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Makinen was re-elected Tuesday.

Michael Makinen, a Democrat, won re-election over Republican candidate Pam Dobbs by a 7,131 to 6,936 vote (50.4 percent to 49.06).

Makinen has been prosecutor since 2009. He previously ran against Dobbs in the 2010 Democratic primary.

Makinen thanked voters, and his supporters for their assistance with his campaign.

"I couldn't get out and campaign as much as I wanted to because there are so many hours on the job, and a lot of people helped me out," he said Tuesday night after the final results came in.

With an uncertain amount of money coming from the state over the next four years, Makinen said he planned to keep some flexibility to meet the state's demands.

Makinen said he would also work to create a continuity within the office.

"Hopefully, when I finally decide to retire, we will have an assistant prosecutor who's able to carry on the duties of the office until there's a new prosecutor, and the county isn't left standing barren like it was almost four years ago," he said.

Dobbs declined to comment Tuesday night.



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