Pontiac — For the first time in 28 years, Oakland County voters on Nov. 3 will elect a new county executive.

The seat was held by Republican L. Brooks Patterson from 1992 until he died in August 2019. The county Board of Commissioners voted to appoint David Coulter to replace Patterson, making the former Ferndale mayor the first Democrat to occupy the position.

The county’s electorate will vote twice for executive on the Nov. 3 ballot. One race is to fill the remainder of Patterson’s term, which expires in January, and the other is for a four-year term.

Both Coulter and his Republican opponent, former state Sen. Mike Kowall of Walled Lake, said if they’re elected they’ll focus on attracting business to the county and expanding residents’ access to health care.

Oakland County voters will also choose a new county prosecutor, with either Democrat Karen McDonald or Republican Lin Goetz