Elections

Published November 4, 2015

CENTER LINE — Center Line voters re-elected two City Council incumbents Nov. 3, but one of them, Bob Binson, said he’d elect to decline a new four-year council term to stay on in the appointed position of mayor.

Binson, appointed in September after the passing of Mayor David Hanselman, had previously filed to run for City Council this year. He was the top vote-getter in the council election with 47.4 percent of the vote in the race for two seats, and as a result, he said he would exercise his option to remain in the appointed position as mayor.

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Published November 4, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — Mayor Barb Dempsey retained her seat in the Nov. 3 general election, defeating challengers City Commissioner Denise Mentzer and write-in candidate Gloria Haller.

Dempsey received 987 votes (53.6 percent of the vote) to claim her sixth two-year term as mayor of the county seat.

“I want to thank everybody that supported me and I’m humbled they put me back in office,” said Dempsey.

She said this year's race was a challenge as partisan politics played a large role.

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Published November 3, 2015

The new edition of the Fraser City Council will have some fresh names and faces.

Joe Nichols will serve a four-term as mayor, defeating former Councilman Paul Cilluffo 52.8 percent to 47.2 percent. Nichols garnered 1,431 votes in seven precincts, while Cilluffo finished with 1,280 votes.

“I am feeling vindicated, “Nichols said. “My feelings are that the people have spoken.”

Patrice Schornak claimed 1,251 votes, or 16.8 percent, as she topped the eight-person list of candidates vying for three four-year seats.

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Published November 3, 2015

Mayor Michael Taylor and the rest of the incumbent Sterling Heights City Council decisively defeated a challenger slate of candidates Nov. 3.
According to unofficial results posted on Sterling Heights’ website, with all 32 precincts counted, Mayor Michael Taylor earned 13,266 votes, beating the challenger, Paul Smith, who earned 3,066 votes. The mayoral term lasts two years.

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Published November 3, 2015

On Election Day, Kenson Siver came out victorious over opponent Sylvia Jordan in the race for Southfield mayor.

According to the unofficial results from the Oakland County Elections Division, Siver received the most votes, with 7,119, or 56.97 percent. Jordan  received 5,350 votes, or 42.82 percent; 12,495 votes were cast in total for mayor.

Voters were asked who they would like to see occupy four empty seats on the City Council. They said: Tawyna Morris, Donald Fracassi, Daniel Brightwell and Lloyd Crews.

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Published November 3, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Despite a warm, sunny election day, turnout was very low for the St. Clair Shores mayoral and city council election Nov. 3.

Results from the St. Clair Shores City Clerk’s office showed that Councilman Ronald Frederick received 4,801 votes, Councilman Chris Vitale received 4,712 votes, resident Peter Accica received 4,435 votes, and there were 72 invalid write-in votes.

Clerk Mary Kotowski said that no resident submitted a declaration of write-in candidacy by the Oct. 24 deadline, making any write-in candidates invalid.

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Published November 3, 2015

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — Voters said yes to two millages in the cities of Farmington and Farmington Hills Nov. 3.

An operating millage renewal proposal for the Farmington Public Schools district received more than 67 percent of the vote, while a public safety millage was overwhelmingly approved, with more than 83 percent of the vote.

FPS voters approved a 10-year, up to 13.57-mill levy on homes and up to 18 mills on businesses.

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Published November 3, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — After serving the past 12 years on the Farmington Hills City Council, including his three terms as mayor pro tem, Ken Massey has been elected mayor of Farmington Hills.

With all 23 precincts reporting, Massey received a little more than 68 percent of the vote, totaling 9,112 votes, defeating his opponent and fellow Councilman Michael Bridges, who received a little more than 31 percent, or 4,232 votes.

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Published November 3, 2015

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD HILLS — With the majority of seats open on both the Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills city commissions, voters took to the polls to decide which candidates would fill those spots.

In Birmingham, the commission will look dramatically different as soon as newcomers Patty Boardman, Pierre Boutros, Carroll DeWeese and Andrew M. Harris take their places at the commission table.

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Published November 3, 2015

FRASER — At approximately 8 a.m. on Nov. 3 at Eisenhower Elementary in Fraser, a crowd of residents walked in and out of the voting booths to exercise their democratic rights.

As some candidates for City Council campaigned at the location in the final hours, taxpayers had their own choices to make: to stick with a current council, or vote in for some new blood.

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Published October 28, 2015

SOUTHFIELD/LATHRUP VILLAGE — On Nov. 3, voters in Southfield will be asked whether they approve of amending the city’s charter to eliminate city primary elections. In Lathrup Village, voters will be asked if they want to impose term limits on the members of City Council. 

Southfield City Clerk Nancy Banks said there has been a multitude of misinformation regarding the proposed amendment, which could possibly eliminate primary elections for the city. 

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Published October 28, 2015

Voters who have their candidates of choice picked out for this upcoming Election Day are still encouraged to make sure they know where they can cast their ballots, according to Sterling Heights city officials.

Sterling Heights will run its general election — which will decide the future makeup of the Sterling Heights City Council — Nov. 3. Polls will be open between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.

With the transition to the city’s new website this year, city officials are directing people on how to reach relevant voter information through city and state websites.

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Published October 28, 2015

EASPOINTE — Mayor Pro Tem Phil Guastella participated in his last full meeting as part of the Eastpointe City Council Oct. 20, as the six-and-a-half-year veteran decided not to run for re-election in November.

Guastella spent much of that time as a councilman before being selected as mayor pro tem following the death of Bill Sweeney in 2014. In his remarks, Guastella said he was proud that the city was able to bounce back from the “brink of insolvency” during his tenure.

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Published October 26, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — The two candidates for mayor of Madison Heights made their case before a who’s who of public servants and volunteers at the annual Meet the Candidates Luncheon, held by the Madison Heights Community Round Table at the Lamphere schools Administration Office Oct. 21.

The incumbent mayor of 16 years, Ed Swanson, is challenged this year by Brian Hartwell, a former councilman of eight years and mayor pro tem of four years, who resigned earlier this year in order to run for the office of mayor.

The election is Tuesday, Nov. 3.

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Published October 26, 2015

WARREN — A controversial ruling late last year by a former city attorney unquestionably reshaped the election-year contests in two Warren City Council districts.

But the real question is, do the voters care?

We’ll know on Nov. 3, when electors in District 2 and District 3 will choose between a pair of challengers — including one who has already suspended his campaign — and incumbents who previously would have been precluded from seeking re-election after serving three four-year terms in office.

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Published October 26, 2015

WARREN — Who’d have thunk it? Warren, a city known for raucous politics, has been transformed into a strange political place where a mayoral election has gone relatively quiet.

Traditionally, with such a high-stakes job on the line, Warren’s mayoral elections have become hard-fought contests. But this time seems to be different.

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Published October 22, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Police are looking into the destruction of a campaign sign promoting Kenson Siver for mayor.


Siver is a former city councilman who is running for mayor in the Nov. 3 election against Sylvia Jordan.


According to Deputy Chief Nick Loussia, the damage to the sign was reported Oct. 14, and took place in the area of 10 Mile and Rutland. He said police believe that on Oct. 11, the sign was damaged and knocked down. It was then repaired on Oct. 12.

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Published October 21, 2015

In the Troy Times’ coverage area, voters will decide the City Council and mayor’s races, as well as two millage proposals  — one for the Troy School District and one for the Troy Public library — Nov. 3. Following are profiles on the candidates and the exact ballot language for the proposals.

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Published October 21, 2015

In the Sentry’s coverage area, voters will be tasked Nov. 3 with deciding all seven seats of the Sterling Heights City Council. Two candidates, Mayor Michael Taylor and Councilman Nate Shannon, were appointed to their current positions following the death of former Mayor Richard Notte in 2014. They are running to retain their seats.

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Published July 29, 2015

HARPER WOODS — A lot has changed in the four years since the ballot proposal to amend the city charter in favor of a Public Safety Department failed to garner enough votes among the city’s residents.

Since then, the union for the firefighters has agreed to allow cross-trained police officers to assist them in fighting fires, MedStar has taken over as the city’s main ambulance service, and former Police Chief James Burke was given a new title as public safety director.

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