Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 4, 2010

Stepka wins tight race in 86th Dist.


TRAVERSE CITY — Mike Stepka will be the 86th District Court's newest judge.

Vote tallies remained tight late Tuesday, but unofficial results Wednesday showed Stepka beat Kevin Elsenheimer by a 24,091 to 22,940 mark.

The 86th District Court covers Antrim, Leelanau and Grand Traverse counties.

Elsenheimer, a former Antrim County prosecutor and term-limited state representative, had his strongest showing in Antrim. He beat Stepka 5,746 to 3,391 there, but Stepka, a Grand Traverse County commissioner and Traverse City attorney, beat Elsenheimer 15,535 to 12,754 in Grand Traverse.

In Leelanau County, Stepka beat Elsenheimer 5,165 to 4,440.