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Ficano concedes, Warren Evans wins the August primary

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DETROIT (WJBK) - Voters decided not to return Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano for a fourth term.
 
Ex-Wayne County Sheriff Warren Evans was the top vote-getter in Tuesday's Democratic primary, with unofficial results showing him with 44 percent. Westland Mayor Bill Wild had 26 percent. Ficano had 6 percent, putting him fifth in a field of 11 candidates.
 
Evans is expected to be elected to the post in November in the heavily Democratic county. He says it's a "victory for all of us."
 
On Wednesday, current Wayne County Executive Bob Ficano conceded victory to Evans, placing a phone call to him to offer his congratulations.
Tuesday night Ficano thanked supporters after the vote. He' said he had success with job creation, Cobo Center improvements and other efforts. Problems in recent years drew attention, however, including a scrapped jail project that ran nearly $100 million over budget.

Click here to see a complete breakdown of the results.

Evans will be up against Republican John Dalton in the November election.

Below is the statement released by Bob Ficano:

Wayne County Executive Robert A. Ficano conceded the Democratic primary race to candidate-elect, Warren Evans. Mr. Ficano offered his congratulations via a phone call placed to Evans early Wednesday morning.

After dedicating himself to a thirty-two year career of public service, respectfully serving the residents of Wayne County, Ficano said, "I’ve appreciated the support of the citizens so many times over the years, and last night just didn’t go our way. I truly appreciate the people who stuck with us in the face of adversity." He went on to say, "We’ve got a job to do through the end of the year and certainly we will be cooperative during the transition period after the election in November."

Ficano’s future remains bright for a humble man, "As for me, I’ll take some time to think about the future, but whatever I do, I will always be a cheerleader for Wayne County, and telling folks about what a great place it is to invest, work and raise a family,” Ficano said passionately.

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