ANN ARBOR, MI – Washtenaw County judicial candidates Tracy E. Van den Bergh and Nick Roumel will face off in the November general election following Tuesday night’s primary results.

Voters hit the polls Tuesday, Aug. 4, to decide who will taking the seat being vacated by Washtenaw County Trial Judge David Swartz — Amy Reiser, Roumel or Van den Bergh.

Swartz plans to retire when his term expires in January 2021. The new judge will be assigned the family court docket during the six-year term in office.

While each candidate obtained more than 24,000 votes during the primary, Van den Bergh and Roumel received the most votes, sending both candidates onward to the general election in November.

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Van den Bergh earned the most votes of the three candidates, coming in at 28,515 votes cast.

“It was an exciting night that came from a lot of hard work campaigning while also being safe and social distancing,” Van den Bergh said. “I really feel like voters connected with my message and my plan to stick with the family court if elected and work on creating real change and improvements because, with my background as a social worker, I’ve seen what happens to family when mistakes are made in the court.”

Judicial candidate and current Washtenaw County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Amy Reiser, who got 24,309 votes during the primary, is out of the running and will not appear on the November ballot as only the top two vote-getters move forward.

Roumel collected the second most votes in the in the primary, earning 27,524 votes.

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“I want to extend my gratitude to all my supports, volunteers and everyone who has faith in me to be judge. It was an interesting night and I’m looking forward to bringing it home in November,” Roumel said. “It was great turnout last night, but it might be a whole different crowd of voters in the November general election. It’ll be a different race for sure.”

Both candidates agreed campaigning ahead of the general election will be tough with current COVID-19 safety precautions but are confident they can get their messages out to voters across the county well ahead of November.

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