Prosecutor will not seek additional term

March 19, 2024

Mason County Prosecuting Attorney Lauren Kreinbrink. MCP file photo.

By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief

Jordan Miller

LUDINGTON — Mason County Prosecuting Attorney Lauren Kreinbrink will not serve a second term. Kreinbrink, who was elected in 2019, sent an email to various county court employees, county employees, and private practice attorneys on Jan. 30 announcing that she will not be seeking re-election. MCP obtained the email through the Michigan Freedom of Information Act after attempting to contact Kreinbrink over the last several weeks though email and phone, without a response.

The email states: “Hope you are having a great Tuesday. Before we get too far into 2024, I wanted to let you all know that I will not be seeking another term as Mason County Prosecuting Attorney. This was a tremendously difficult decision to reach, but feel it is the best one for my family and my physical/mental health. I have a few opportunities in the works, but nothing definite yet. Ideally, this is something that I wanted to share in person, but wasn’t sure how to reach you all sooner than later.

“At this point, my staff and law enforcement are aware we are still seeking a replacement for the assistant prosecuting attorney position. My goal is to stay as long as I can through 2024 to ensure there is a smooth transition for my successor and to ensure that we can work through as many of the ‘big’ cases as possible. I will keep you posted on any changes/developments on my end.”

Becky Lederer

Kreinbrink, a Republican, became prosecutor in January 2020. Her predecessor was Paul Spaniola who had retired following the end of his term. The county prosecutor serves a four-year term.

Two Mason County attorneys, to date, have announced that they are running to seek the Republican nomination for prosecutor, Becky Lederer and Jordan Miller; both have filed their nominating petitions, according to Mason County Clerk Cheryl Kelly. Kelly said two other attorneys have taken out petitions, but confirmed that Kreinbrink was not one of them.

Candidates have until 4 p.m. on April 23 to turn in a petition in order to have their name on the Aug. 6 primary ballot. Each political party’s nomination will be determined during the Aug. 6 primary election. he prosecutor will be determined by voters during the General Election on Nov. 5.


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