In a race that was expected to be close, the expected certainly happened.
With all 116 precincts reporting, Jeff Irwin received 19,872 votes to garner 35.59 percent of the votes to win the State Senate 18 Democratic Primary on Tuesday.
Michelle Deatrick, a Washtenaw County commissioner, totaled 19,633 votes and 35.16 percent of the vote to finish a close second.
Anuja Rajendra collected 14,673 votes for 26.28 percent.
Irwin will face Republican Martin Church of Ypsilanti in November.
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Irwin said during his campaign that his experience is the best defense voters in Washtenaw County’s 18th District have against cuts to public services, and he says he’ll call on that experience if elected to the State Senate.
“I’ve learned a lot in 17 years of public service,” said Irwin, one of a handful of candidates running for the 18th District seat. “I know how to fight when cuts are proposed. I’ve been to the schools. I’ve been to the group homes, I’ve talked to the people who live there. Experience counts.”
Irwin has plenty of government experience upon which to call as he squares off against other candidates for the seat currently held by Democrat Rebekah Warren, who is being term-limited. He was a Washtenaw County Commissioner from 1999-2010 and was a State Representative in the 53rd District for six years before being term-limited himself in 2016.