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Tie in Livingston County district attorney race

A judge may end up deciding which of two Livingston County district attorney candidates will run on the Republican Party line in November.

After absentee ballots and affidavits were counted Wednesday, Steven Sessler, a former Livonia town justice and attorney, and former 1st Assistant District Attorney Eric Schiener were tied with 1,879 votes.

Four ballots are in dispute after the ballot count ended shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday, said Commissioner Laura M. Schoonover. The disputed ballots are locked in a safe until the next step is determined, which could happen in the next three days, Schoonover said.

“We have to wait and see,” she said Wednesday.

Sessler, who has the backing of the Conservative Party, had a 19-vote lead over Schiener after the primary election Sept. 13.

Both are seeking to unseat District Attorney Gregory J. McCaffrey, a Democrat appointed to the office earlier this year.


This is an update on an earlier story, which can be found here:

Livingston Co. DA race could be decided today