On Wednesday, May 1, 2024, ABC12 News reported on a complaint filed against a judicial candidate in Tuscola County, Michigan. Hugh Woodrow, an attorney from Detroit, recently filed to run for circuit court judge in Tuscola County. However, a local resident named Mary Fran Hiser has submitted a complaint to the State Board of Canvassers claiming issues with Woodrow’s nominating petitions.

Woodrow would be challenging the incumbent judge, Amy Grace Gierhart, who has held the position for the past twelve years. According to county records, Woodrow purchased a home east of Caro, Michigan last month. A neighbor noted that although aware of someone running for judge, the home appeared empty until Woodrow’s recent acquisition. ABC 12 was unable to reach Woodrow to obtain a statement on the complaint against his petitions.

In her complaint, Hiser argues that Woodrow failed to obtain the minimum 200 valid signatures from registered voters in Tuscola County that are required on nominating petitions. She says her goal is to ensure all candidates follow the proper rules and procedures. Judge Gierhart noted there were irregularities found within Woodrow’s petitions upon her own investigation as well.

If certified to run, Woodrow and Gierhart will face each other in the November general election, as no other candidates filed for the non-partisan judicial race. A decision on Hiser’s complaint against Woodrow’s petitions will be made by the State Board of Canvassers, but no timeline was given for their review. For the time being, the ability of the challenger Woodrow to appear on the ballot remains unclear as the complaint undergoes scrutiny.



Source: ABC12 News