ALLEGAN COUNTY — Private practice attorney Michael Villar is running against Allegan County Prosecutor Myrene Koch in the August primary election.


The primary contest will be the second between Koch and Villar for the prosecutor’s position. In August 2018, Koch and Villar went head-to-head after Koch’s appointment to the prosecutor’s office earlier that year.


Koch defeated Villar in that election, earning 7,203 votes to Villar’s 6,415. She went on to win the general election unchallenged, but the 2018 election only won her a partial term in office.


This year’s election will award a full four-year term as county prosecutor.


Villar announced to media last week that he had filed to run as a Republican.


Villar’s law firm is based in Allegan. He practices criminal, auto accident, personal injury and family law in Allegan, Holland, Grand Haven, Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo.


In his campaign announcement, Villar said he is “a pro-life Republican who believes in fiscal responsibility, integrity and public service.” He is a member of the National Rifle Association and Gun Owners of America and a supporter of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, his press release said.


His announcement details some of his community involvement, including serving on the board of the Allegan Downtown Development Authority and serving as a summer pastor at Hidden Ridge campground in Shelbyville.


Villar also owns Michael Villar Properties, LLC, which owns and operates commercial buildings in downtown Allegan.


— Contact reporter Carolyn Muyskens at cmuyskens@hollandsentinel.com and follow her on Twitter at @cjmuyskens.