Cheryl Hitchcock leaves her polling place Nov. 7 at Levey Middle School, 25300 W. Nine Mile Road, after voting during her lunch break.

Cheryl Hitchcock leaves her polling place Nov. 7 at Levey Middle School, 25300 W. Nine Mile Road, after voting during her lunch break.

Photo by Deb Jacques


Southfield, Lathrup Village hold city elections

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published November 15, 2017

 In Southfield, voters were asked to choose a mayor, a city clerk, a city treasurer and City Council members.

In Southfield, voters were asked to choose a mayor, a city clerk, a city treasurer and City Council members.

Photo by Deb Jacques

Incumbents victorious in city election, Hawkins wins clerk seat

SOUTHFIELD — Residents who headed to the polls Nov. 7 for the general election made their opinions clear: Keep the incumbents in office. 

According to unofficial results from the Oakland County Elections Division, voters in Southfield opted to re-elect Mayor Ken Siver. 

Siver came out victorious over write-in candidate Marc Motely. Siver received 10,332 votes, or 95.99 percent. Write-in candidates received 432 votes, or 4.01 percent. Siver will serve a four-year term. 

In the race for Southfield city clerk, newcomer candidate Sherikia Hawkins swept the competition. Hawkins received 6,112 votes, or 56.7 percent. Challenger Tarita Darden received 2,744 votes, or 25.44 percent, while challenger Derrick Hale received 1,902 votes, or 17.63 percent. Hawkins will serve a four-year term. 

Incumbent City Treasurer Irv Lowenberg took 9,902 votes, or 96.52 percent, against write-in John Edwards. Unassigned write-in candidates received 347 votes, or 3.48 percent. Lowenberg will serve a four-year term. 

For Southfield City Council, voters chose to re-elect four current council members: Linnie Taylor, Michael Mandelbaum, Lloyd Crews and Myron Frasier. Nine candidates were running for three four-year terms and one two-year term. 

Taylor came out on top of the council race, with 7,741 votes, or 19.23 percent. Mandelbaum received 6,832 votes, or 16.97 percent. Crews received 6,697 votes, or 16.63 percent, and Frasier received 6,673 votes, or 16.57 percent. Taylor, Mandelbaum and Crews will all serve four-year terms, while Frasier will serve a two-year term. 

Corretta Houge received 3,213 votes, or 7.98 percent. Harold Hill received 3,193 votes, or 7.93 percent. Nathaniel Lewis received 2,954 votes, or 7.34 percent, and Sara Habbo received 7.19 percent, or 2,893 votes. 

Unassigned write-ins received 68 votes, or 0.17 percent. 

City Clerk Nancy Banks did not return a request for comment by press time. 

 

Newcomer joins council, forfeiture proposal approved

LATHRUP VILLAGE — Voters in Lathrup Village opted to keep two City Council incumbents in office, in addition to voicing their opinions on a ballot proposal Nov. 7. 

According to the unofficial results from the Oakland County Elections Division, voters in Lathrup Village selected newcomer Bruce Kantor and incumbents Frank Brock and Ian Ferguson for seats on the council. 

Five candidates ran for two four-year terms and one two-year term. Kantor and Brock will serve four-year terms, while Ferguson will serve a two-year term. 

Kantor is a retired health care consultant with a bachelor’s degree from Kalamazoo College. In a candidate profile he submitted to the Sun, he said his top priorities include preserving “the tranquility and quality of life in Lathrup Village.” He said he will work to attract high-quality businesses, shops and restaurants to empty storefronts, and to improve the Southfield Road corridor and residential streets.

Kantor received 919 votes, or 31.03 percent. Brock got 734 votes, or 24.78 percent. Ferguson received 687 votes, or 23.19 percent. 

Candidates Saleem Siddiqi and Marcus Raudszus did not win seats. Siddiqui received 473 votes, or 15.97 percent, while Raudszus received 142 votes, or 4.79 percent. 

Voters were also asked their opinions on a ballot proposal.

Residents voted to approve a charter amendment to add a new Section 17.14, which states that a criminal conviction is required before the forfeiture of any property to the city. 

The charter amendment also states that all revenues from forfeited property in connection with any crime must be used solely for street repairs, and may not be used for law or code enforcement purposes. 

With the charter amendment, under certain circumstances, a property owner can seek the return of forfeited property, and the city must return, replace or pay compensation for such property. The amendment also states that the city must keep records of forfeited property and publish those records monthly. 

Voters approved the amendment with 829 yes votes, or 74.62 percent, to 282 no votes, or 25.38 percent. 

Lathrup Village City Clerk Yvette Talley said voter turnout in the village was around 32 percent.