On November 4, 2020, the people of Shiawassee County, Michigan, will decide who will be their prosecuting attorney for the next four years. The election pits incumbent Scott Koerner against defense attorney Robert Hinojosa. With Shiawassee County playing such a vital role in Michigan news of late, the prosecutorial race has become on the most discussed elections in recent years. Topics such as the candidates’ history, the level of crime in the community, and the issue of preliminary examinations have taken center stage in Corunna. The history of both candidates has become a water cooler talk both in Shiawassee and surrounding communities. Today we will look at both candidates and their history in the legal profession.
Scott Koerner is the incumbent, and before joining the Shiawassee County Prosecutor’s Office, he was known as one of the most successful criminal defense attorneys in the state. Koerner has tried numerous jury trials, including two that gained national attention where children in the Shiawassee community were victims. Koerner serves on the services on the board of Voices for Children Child Advocacy Center and plays a vital role in both the Shiawassee County Mental Health and Drug Courts.