Sheriff endorses Vailliencourt for prosecutor in county’s hottest primary race

In what is the hottest primary race in Livingston County, Prosecutor William Vailliencourt landed one of the biggest endorsements in the community, that of Livingston County Sheriff Mike Murphy.

Vailliencourt is facing a challenge from David Reader, a former Livingston County circuit court judge and county commissioner in the Aug. 4 Republican primary; the winner of the primary will go on to face Democrat Ragan Lake, an assistant Wayne County prosecutor, in the fall.

In a video on Vailliencourt’s Facebook page, Murphy cited the great relationship he’s developed working with Vailliencourt over the past 25 years and asked Livingston County residents to join him in voting to re-elect Vailliencourt.

“As a law enforcement official here in Livingston County, it’s been an honor and a pleasure to work with his office to see that justice is done,” Murphy said. “I’m asking you to join me in supporting Prosecutor Bill Vailliencourt in his bid for re-election Aug. 4th.”

Murphy was first elected as sheriff in 2016 after serving as the undersheriff since 2005. He’s been with the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office since 1990.

“Mike Murphy is well-respected not only here in Livingston County, but across the state,” Vailliencourt said. “I appreciate his continued support and look forward to working with him and the Livingston County law enforcement community for the next four years.”

In addition to Sheriff Murphy’s support, Vailliencourt has the backing of retired Sheriff Bob Bezotte and the Livingston Law Enforcement Administrators, an association of Livingston County police chiefs. Vailliencourt is also the only candidate for prosecutor to receive endorsements from the Livingston County Farm Bureau and Right to Life of Michigan PAC.

For more information, visit or Vailliencourt’s Facebook page. The Republican primary is Aug. 4.

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