Meinecke makes judicial candidacy official

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 Last Thursday Oakland County Assistant Prosecutor Derek Meinecke made his candidacy for Oakland County 44th District Court judge official by turning in 400 signatures, exactly twice the number required by law, to the Michigan Bureau of Elections in Lansing.   Meinecke is the first candidate to file the necessary signatures for the Royal Oak race. 

 
Meinecke has been endorsed by retiring Judge Daniel Sawicki, the three Royal Oak Police Officers Unions, more than 20 Oakland County judges and dozens of community leaders in Royal Oak.  
 
Meinecke was recognized as one of the best and brightest legal talents in the state in 2010 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly pointing to his courtroom experience and impact in the community.  Meinecke has practiced in every district court in Oakland County, prosecuting more than 1,000 cases. 
 
Meinecke has tapped into a growing frustration with voters over the politicization of judicial races and his message is resonating with residents.  
 
Former Royal Oak mayor and attorney with the Kemp Klein Law Firm, Pat Paruch has endorsed Meinecke.  “Derek will bring exceptional talent and experience to the 44th District Court.  He has dedicated his professional life to strengthening our system of justice and I appreciate his non-partisan, citizen-focused approach.  He has my full support.” 
 
“This was a team effort and I have enjoyed going door to door and listening to what is most important to Royal Oak voters when it comes to our court,” said Meinecke, who has served 11 years with the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office.  
 
“I am deeply humbled by the outpouring of support from people throughout Royal Oak.  Above all, I am so grateful for their efforts in helping me qualify to be on the ballot.” 
 
May 1st marks the filing deadline for candidates to turn in the required number of signatures to the Michigan Bureau of Elections.  If necessary, a primary election will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 7, and the general election is Tuesday, Nov. 6. 

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