- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 9, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Candice Miller is returning to Michigan as Macomb County public works commissioner after a tough campaign for the little-known office.

Miller, a Republican, defeated the Democratic incumbent, Anthony Marrocco, in the Detroit-area county Tuesday.

Marrocco’s campaign spent about $2 million through October, while Miller’s campaign spent $670,000. They ran TV ads targeting each other’s ethics and priorities.

The public works commissioner has authority over the county’s stormwater drain system and wastewater disposal.

Miller didn’t seek re-election after 14 years in Congress. Many people questioned why she was running for a local office, but Miller said she wanted to return home and improve water quality, especially in Lake St. Clair. She got her start in local government.

Miller has been mentioned as a possible candidate for governor in 2018.

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