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Carey Torrice is back in politics

Carey Torrice, alternately known as the hottest politician in America and the most controversial county commissioner in recent Macomb history, is back in politics. Torrice filed to run for the state House on Monday in a redrawn district that includes Harrison Township, northern Clinton Township and a small portion of Macomb Township. If she can survive a Democratic primary, Torrice will challenge incumbent Rep. Anthony Forlini, a Harrison Township Republican, in the November general election. More candidates could still file before Tuesday’s 4 p.m. deadline. “So many people wanted me to get back into politics. I’ve literally received thousands of emails asking me to run again,” said Torrice, a Clinton Township resident who sometimes refers to herself as a “blonde bombshell.” Since losing re-election to the county board in 2010, the model/actress/private eye has made numerous appearances on the cable TV reality show “Holly’s World. She is an occasional cover girl for the Macomb Monthly tabloid and said she also has recently completed a major acting project that has been in the works. “I think I’d like to serve this time at a higher level,” Torrice said, explaining why she declined to make another bid for the county board. “A county commissioner is kind of limited. But I miss being a public official, I really miss it.” Because most of the Clinton Township portion of the 24th House District overlaps with Torrice’s old county commissioner district, Torrice said she envisions winning the August primary over fellow Democrats Jonathan Garstka of Macomb Township and Philip Kurczewski of Clinton Township. Forlini, the former Harrison Township supervisor, was first elected to the House in 2010. Considered a Republican freshman who is willing to reach across the aisle, Forlini had a big day last week when Gov. Rick Snyder signed two of his bills into law on the same day. One grants legal immunity to drunk, underage teens if they call 911 to save a friend suffering symptoms of alcohol poisoning. The other measure halts the practice of not charging prison inmates a sales tax when purchasing items at the commissary.
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