McClure is backed by Ann Arbor Transportation Authority board chair Jesse Bernstein, Ecology Center executive director Mike Garfield, and the Washtenaw County Farm Bureau--"I live in the western part of the county and have gotten to know the farmers," he explains.
He believes the temperament he developed as an attorney will serve him well as a judge. "I'm not a bulldog lawyer. I see [going to court] as a way of reaching a common goal. It's all about civility, and I'm not a jerk. I'm very empathetic and compassionate--and always collaborative."
Erane Washington was born in Memphis in 1967 and moved to Ann Arbor with her family in 1979. A Huron High grad, she got her undergrad degree from MSU, and returned to earn her law degree from the U-M. She's been in practice since 1993 representing individuals and businesses in real estate, business, securities, and criminal defense, as well as doing mediation and arbitration.
Washington's endorsed by county board members Barbara Bergman and Conan Smith, and county sheriff Jerry Clayton (who has also endorsed Fink). She's also got the support of 22nd Circuit Court judge Don Shelton (for whom she once worked), as well as Ypsilanti mayor Paul Schreiber and Ypsilanti Township attorney Doug Winters.