It seems like state Rep. Mike McCready (R-Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township) thanked the electorate of the 40th District after winning his third – and final – term in office, and already jackals are circling the wagons, readying themselves for a run for the seat in 2018. Word is Republicans with a laser focus on the seat are former Oakland County Commissioner Dave Potts, who unsuccessfully ran against McCready in 2012, and then sought a seat on the Birmingham City Commission in 2015. “He’s in better shape now physically. He’s lost 50 pounds, he’s walking well, he’s healthy,” said one politico. Another potential candidate is Clarence Dass, who left the Oakland County prosecutor’s office as an assistant prosecutor in November to go into private practice, “with the intent to run for this seat.” Dass was an Oakland County “Elite 40” and Chaldean News’ “One to Watch.” Melissa Bozadart, a middle aged divorced mother from Bloomfield Township who hangs with the local Republican Party is also rumored to be interested in the seat, as is Michael Benarian, a former youth leader for the party. But it’s still very early, so all bets are off. As for McCready? He’s looking at the state Senate, notably term-limited Jim Marleau’s 12th District seat, which covers Bloomfield Township north to Pontiac, Keego Harbor, Auburn Hills, Addison Township, Oakland Township, Independence Township, Orion Township and Clarkston, which will likely necessitate a move for the former Bloomfield Hills city commissioner and former mayor. Realtors may want to start compiling Bloomfield Township listings to show McCready and his family.