Congratulations to alumnus David Barberi (’12), who won his race for Isabella County (MI) prosecutor! As reported in the Morning Sun:
Barberi wins Isabella prosecutor race
Voters filled Isabella County's prosecutor seat Tuesday, electing David Barberi to a spot left vacant since February after an unexpected mid-term resignation.
Barberi, 33, defeated Larry King, a 34-year-old assistant prosecutor in Isabella County in a race both sides proudly touted as "clean" and fair.
The newly-elected prosecutor will be sworn-in this week as mandated by statute, after the office was left empty following former prosecutor Risa Hunt-Scully's unexpected departure earlier this year.
Barberi, a career defense attorney, heads to the office following in the footsteps of his father Joe Barberi, who served as Isabella County's prosecutor himself decades ago.
"Seven months ago I started this endeavor with one goal: to make positive change in our community. It is apparent that this message resonated well with county voters. I’m proud of what we were able to achieve. I couldn’t have done this without the help of my friends, family, volunteers and above all, my wife, Taren," Barberi said Tuesday night.
With just one precinct left, Barberi led King with just over 54 percent of the votes in a mid-term election that saw more than 63 percent of Isabella County's registered voters cast a ballot.
In conceding the race, King was thankful for support and hopeful about next steps.
"I'm grateful for all the support I received. I'm proud of the campaign we ran. I'm happy both sides stayed clean and positive and I look forward the future," he said.
By the end of this week Barberi will be moving into his new office.
"While I am excited and pleased with our victory tonight, I won’t be celebrating for long; it’s time to get to work. I’m humbled and grateful for the opportunity I have been given by the voters to serve my community," he said.