The vacancy in the Washtenaw County probate court left by Nancy Wheeler’s retirement is being filled prior to the November election through a gubernatorial appointment of one of the candidates. Gov. Rick Snyder announced on June 2, 2014 that he’d be appointing Julia B. Owdziej to fill the spot.
Wheeler had been scheduled to retire at the end of the year, but the court announced on May 1 that she would be retiring early due to health concerns.
Owdziej will need to prevail as one of the top two vote-getters in the primary, then prevail in November in order to remain on the bench. The winner of the election in November will become probate judge with a six-year term.