GRAND RAPIDS PRESS — Allegan County Circuit Court judge defeated

“After holding a narrow lead most of the night, an Allegan County judge was narrowly unseated by a challenger whose backing by a ‘family rights’ group injected controversy into the race. …The Campaign for Michigan Families, a conservative political action committee (chaired by AFA-Michigan President Gary Glenn), has been running radio ads attacking Baillargeon’s past service on the board of the Detroit-based Triangle Foundation, which serves the gay and lesbian community.”

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GRAND RAPIDS PRESS
Grand Rapids, Michigan
November 5, 2008

Allegan County Circuit Court judge defeated
by The Grand Rapids Press

ALLEGAN — After holding a narrow lead most of the night, an Allegan County judge was narrowly unseated by a challenger whose backing by a “family rights” group injected controversy into the race.

As final precincts were tallied today, challenger Kevin Cronin edged past Circuit Judge William Baillargeon, defeating him by barely 200 votes.

The final tally was 21,220 to 21,005.

The Campaign for Michigan Families, a conservative political action committee, has been running radio ads attacking Baillargeon’s past service on the board of the Detroit-based Triangle Foundation, which serves the gay and lesbian community.

Baillargeon has claimed the group unjustly injected “fear and concern” into the race. Cronin’s campaign emphasized a “family man” image.

Baillargeon was appointed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm in 2007 to fill the seat of then-retiring Judge Harry Beach.
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