- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 2, 2016

BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) - A former congressman is claiming victory in a race to be the top elected official in Bay County.

Jim Barcia (BAR’-sha) told supporters Tuesday night that he’s won the Democratic nomination for county executive, defeating longtime incumbent Thomas Hickner. With no one running on the Republican side, Barcia has a clear path in the fall election.

Hickner tells The Bay City Times (https://bit.ly/2aA79By ) that he appreciates his supporters and will cooperate with Barcia during the year-end transition. He’s been in charge of county government for nearly 24 years.

Barcia was a congressman for a decade and then served two terms as a state senator.

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Information from: The Bay City Times, https://www.mlive.com/bay-city

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