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Peter J. Lucido (born July 31, 1960)[1] is an American Republican politician. He currently serves as the prosecutor of Macomb County, Michigan. He formerly served as a member of the Michigan Senate, and was Senate Majority Whip.

Lucido's political career started with running to succeed the term-limited Pete Lund to represent the 36th district in the Michigan House of Representatives. Lucido's opponent for the Republican nomination against then-Shelby Township Clerk Stan Grot.[2] The race was called the most expensive race for a state House seat in Michigan history.[3] The two candidates spent approximately $350,000 combined with Lucido investing $150,000 of his own money. There were dirty campaign tactics alleged by both sides, with both candidates falsely claiming endorsements from conservative groups.[4] The race's tactics were called a "new low for Macomb politics."[5] Lucido would eventual prevail over Grot by just 103 votes out of the more than 9,400 cast.[6] Lucido would win the general election in the heavily Republican district, defeating Democratic nominee Robert Murphy, taking 70 percent of the vote.[7]

During his 2016 re-election bid, Lucido's opponent Democratic nominee Diane Young filed a complaint with federal and state authorities alleging that Lucido failed to comply with transparency requirements for financial advisors and that he had committed possible campaign finance violations.[8] The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs and the Michigan Secretary of State both confirmed separate investigations but no official actions were taken against Lucido.[9] Despite the allegations, Lucido was re-elected with 71 percent of the vote.[10]

Lucido decided not to seek a third term in the state House, opting instead to run for the state Senate, seeking the 8th district seat that became vacant by term-limited Republican incumbent Jack Brandenburg. Lucido's only competition for the GOP nominating was former three-term state Rep. Ken Goike.[11] Lucido decisively defeated Goike, taking 72 percent of the vote.[12] Lucido defeated Democratic nominee Paul Francis, taking approximately 62 percent of the vote.[13] Following his election to the sate Senate, Lucido was elected majority whip by the Republican Caucus for the 2019-20 legislative session.[14]

After a year-long investigation by the Michigan State Police, FBI and the office of the Michigan Attorney General, then-Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith was charged with 10 felonies in Macomb County Circuit Court related to public corruption, including embezzlement.[15] Smith would announce his resignation on March 30, 2020,[16] in what was later revealed to be a condition plea negotiations between Smith and federal prosecutors in a separate case.[17]

Smith's resignation threw the race for Macomb County Prosecutor into flux as no candidate had filed to run in the race and Michigan's April 21 deadline for candidates to file to seek a partisan office was just 22 days away at the time of Smith's resignation.[18] Lucido announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination just hours after Smith's resignation was announced.[19] Lucido won the GOP nomination by a wide margin, defeating Richard John Goodman, who served in various roles in Macomb's prosecutor's office for almost for 30 years. His opponent would be Democratic nominee Mary Chrzanowski,[20] who had spent 24 years as a circuit court judge in Macomb County. Lucido again outraised his opponent by a massive margin, raising $377,000 to Chrzanowski's $118,000. Lucido criticized Chrzanowski for refusing to debate him with Chrzanowski saying she wouldn't agree to the debate because she said Lucido wanted to choose the debate's moderator saying "...I understood this to mean if Mr. Lucido doesn't get to make the rules, he doesn't want to debate me. In an act of desperation, Mr Lucido is again making up false accusations about me."[21]

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