What Happens to the 33rd Senate Race?

By: Katie Kim Email
By: Katie Kim Email

From potential state senator to Michigan's number two man...

"I'm thrilled, so thrilled, to have the opportunity to have a voice at the table," says Lt. Governor Candidate Rep. Brian Calley, R-Portland.

But in this month's primaries, Rep. Calley was chosen to be the voice of the senate 33rd district. Sen. Alan Cropsey, R-Dewitt, who is term-limited from the position, couldn't be happier with Calley's new promotion.

"Rick Snyder saw his strong charcter and his quiet demeanor," Cropsey says. "We're just thrilled."

Brian Calley's bid for Lt. Governor doesn't become official until the state party convention this weekend. After that, the Secretary of State's Office tells us the executive committee members of the four counties in the 33rd district will have 10 days to choose his replacement for senator. The person they select will face the Democratic nominee in the November election.

"We're interested in becoming senator and replacing Brian Calley," says Bingham Township Treasurer Mike Trebesh.

Trebesh, Calley's former opponent, is hoping for a second chance.

"Brian and I have a lot of similar views on issues," Trebesh says. "We were certainly very involved in the campaign. We had 13,000 votes and carried 2 of the counties."

Trebesh says his business background is key to economic recovery. But Sen. Cropsey tells us experience will likely determine Calley's replacement.

"So many people going into the legislature this year are not going to have experience at all," Cropsey says. "I think having experience will be the premium."

People of the 33rd district say they'll miss Calley's leadership in the senate but are excited for what lies ahead.

"I think it's awesome to have someone who lives so close to Lansing and here in Clinton County that will be the number 2 person in the state of Michigan."

Sen. Cropsey tells us the 33rd district executive board has already started throwing names around for Calley's replacement. On that list--State Rep. Scott Hummel and former Montcalm County legislator Judy Emmons. Whoever is chosen will face James Hoisington in the general election.


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  • by Anonymous on Aug 30, 2010 at 12:50 PM
    Trebesh is not a good choice. I will campaign against him for sure if he is the republican choice.
  • by shannon Location: westphalia on Aug 28, 2010 at 09:20 AM
    I am always grateful to receive information on all of the candidates views in the mail. If you looked closely at Mike Trebesh’s fliers most of them stated that while he liked his opponent he simply disagreed with him on some of the issues. The issues reflected the opponents voting record and public statements. How is that bashing? Mike Trebesh is a man of integrity and will listen to his constituents and always do what is in our best interests. I am confident in that. What more could you ask for? Vote Trebesh!
  • by John Location: Mt. Pleasant on Aug 28, 2010 at 08:16 AM
    "Mr. Trebesh was the second choice of the people..." He was second choice out of two choices! Just because he ran for the office doesn't mean he should be selected by default since no one else ran. 16,000 people did NOT vote for Trebesh. There was a reason for that. What about their voice? They were the majority after all.
  • by St. James Location: St. Johns on Aug 27, 2010 at 07:49 AM
    Let's leave Chicogo style politics in Chicogo! Mr. Trebesh was the second choice of the people and the seat is not up for sale. Only Democrat's go against the people!!!
  • by Cheryl Location: Bannister on Aug 26, 2010 at 04:49 PM
    I totally agree with Andrew. Mike ran against Cally, his heart is in it for the people of the 33rd and he knows what the people of that district are looking for. He wants the job and would be excellent. So, where are these other names coming from? Is it what's best for the 33rd District or what's best for Synder and Cally's agenda??? The voters of the 33rd should be the one's deciding this issue.
  • by John Location: Mt. Pleasant on Aug 26, 2010 at 04:23 PM
    Give me anyone but Trebesh! I received non-stop junk mail from him leading up to the primary that constantly bashed Calley. Trebesh was more concerned with slandering his opponent than standing on his own merits. If he would have spent more time worrying about himself than his opponent, perhaps he would have fared better in the primary. That said, I think Snyder picking Calley was an excellent choice. Yes, he is unknown to most of the state, but he is a humble, likable guy who will impress voters that take the time to get to know him.
  • by Mary Location: Dewitt on Aug 26, 2010 at 07:32 AM
    I agree with Andrew. People should throw their names into the primary race if they are truly interested in the seat for the right reason. Someone went through four counties voter test is the best choice for the Republican party in November. I hope it is not another insider deal process that politicans use it as the opportunity to appoint their best buddy and maintain the power after their term.
  • by Sean Dowd Location: Novi, Michigan on Aug 26, 2010 at 03:53 AM
    Michael Trebesh is a logical choice. He laid it on the line during the primaries and stated his positions and intentions for the record. He has proven his commitment to the 33rd Senate District. In addition to carrying two counties in an extremely tough race between two qualified leaders, Michael Trebesh has the experience in business and the community to add value to the legislative process. As an experienced family man, CPA, educator, and community leader, Michael Trebesh is representative of the best of Michigan’s history and future. Please support Michael Trebesh to fill Brian Calley’s spot in November’s 33rd Michigan’s Senate District election.
  • by Brent Location: Grand Ledge on Aug 25, 2010 at 10:13 PM
    I was hoping Rick Snyder would have had Terri Lynn Land as his Lt. Governor, even though she ran with Mike Bouchard.
  • by Andrew Location: Mt Pleasant, MI on Aug 25, 2010 at 08:18 PM
    It should be Trebesh. Neither Emmons or Hummel intended on running in the first place, and neither is well known outside of their home counties. Trebesh is well established in all 4 counties and won 2 of them. Does the GOP really intend on disenfranchising the voters and appointing someone who was never on the ballot?
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