40 AND OUT
On the state level, the 40th House District (Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, the eastern portion of West Bloomfield), which state Rep. Mike McCready (R) has represented for the last six years before being term limited, has previously been a safely Republican District. Not anymore. Crystal ball gazers at MIRS (Michigan Information and Research Service) and Gongwer News Service, two Lansing-based wonky news organizations, are predicting a flip to the Democratic side. MIRS has the district, with Democrats Nicole Bedi, who gave McCready a good run for his money two years ago, and Mari Manoogian, squaring off in the primary, as the second most likely district to flip, after only the 39th District, which Klint Kesto (R-Commerce, West Bloomfield) is vacating. And Gongwer recently switched the 40th District from ‘Lean GOP’ to ‘Tossup’ status. Six Republicans want to make sure that doesn’t happen. Stay tuned.