Elections

Published December 12, 2016

UTICA — On Nov. 9, the day after the Nov. 8 general election, mayoral candidate and current Utica City Councilman Frank Czapski filed for a recount of the mayoral race after he lost by a hair, according to unofficial election results.

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Published November 18, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Three incumbents retained their seats on the Chippewa Valley Schools Board of Education in the Nov. 8 general election.

Elizabeth Pyden, Frank Bednard and Jill DeMuynck Zech each earned another six-year term while edging out newcomer Robert Wojtowicz. 

Pyden earned the most votes with 20,747, while Bednard and DeMuynck Zech each received 18,311 votes. Wojtowicz finished with 17,431 votes.

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Published November 18, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Final election results will not be official until Nov. 28, but officials agree that Donald Trump is expected to be the overall winner in Michigan, as he leads by approximately 13,000 votes.

Because Michigan is a “winner takes all” state, the 16 Republican electorates, chosen via nomination and voted upon by precinct delegates at the county and state convention levels, will cast their votes for the president-elect in Lansing Dec. 19.

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Published November 18, 2016

GROSSE POINTES — What a difference a few months — and a heated presidential race — make. After a relatively sleepy August primary, voters emerged in remarkably high numbers for the Nov. 8 general election.

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Published November 16, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — The 27th state House district in the state of Michigan will remain blue after incumbent Robert Wittenberg won his re-election with more than three-fourths of the vote.

Wittenberg defeated his Republican challenger, Kyle Forrest, with more than 76 percent of the vote in the largely Democratic district. In all, 47,881 votes were cast in the race, with Wittenberg receiving 36,393 votes to Forrest’s 11,008. There were 480 write-in votes.

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Published November 16, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — With Election Day come and gone and the votes counted, all cities in the Woodward Talk’s coverage area saw more than 70 percent voter turnout.

The largest-populated city, Ferndale, had a 73.73 percent turnout, with 11,487 voters casting ballots out of the 15,578 residents who were registered.

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Published November 16, 2016

FRASER — A 5-mill public safety proposal was shot down in Fraser on Election Day, Nov. 8.

The millage failed by nearly a 2-to-1 margin, with residents choosing not to pay more taxes in the amount of 27 cents per day for those whose taxable value was valued at $50,000 — or a net annual increase of $100.

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Published November 15, 2016

ROCHESTER — President-elect Donald Trump ultimately prevailed over Hillary Clinton Nov. 8 to be named the 45th president of the United States of America.

In Michigan, Trump and Clinton wrestled for the state’s 16 electoral votes into the early morning hours Nov. 9, with Trump ultimately defeating Clinton by 13,225 votes, according to unofficial results from the Secretary of State’s Office. 

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Published November 15, 2016

AUBURN HILLS/BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP/ROCHESTER HILLS/TROY — Karen Davies, Wayne Kakuda and Donearl Johnson outpaced challenger Nicholas Kaltsounis for three four-year terms on the Avondale School District Board of Education Nov. 8, according to unofficial results from the Oakland County Elections Division. 

Davies earned 6,270 votes, followed by Kakuda with 5,066, Johnson with 4,312 and Kaltsounis close behind with 4,306.

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Published November 15, 2016

ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS/OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Rochester-area voters elected Michelle Bueltel to a partial term ending Dec. 31, 2018, on the Rochester Community School District Board of Education. 

Bueltel outpaced challenger Elizabeth Witten for the seat 14,877 votes to 14,401.

Bueltel, who said she ran for school board because she believes in giving back to the community, is excited to have the opportunity to serve the Rochester community as a school board member.  

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Published November 15, 2016

GROSSE POINTES — In the Grosse Pointes, the vote for president Nov. 8 saw three cities support Republican Donald Trump — who won the election nationally — and two cities support Democrat Hillary Clinton.

In Grosse Pointe Farms, Trump was the victor, getting 3,528 votes — or 53.47 percent of the total — and Clinton received 2,706 votes, unofficial vote counts showed.

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Published November 15, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Voters said “yes” at the polls last week for two local proposals.

The public safety-minded Proposal A passed overwhelmingly with 79 percent of the vote, according to unofficial Oakland County election results. The proposal received 25,326 “yes” votes and 6,680 “no” votes.

The approval amends the city charter to allow for a police, fire and emergency medical service millage renewal of up to 3.975 mills for a period not to exceed five years beginning Dec. 1, 2017.

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Published November 15, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Since before he was mayor, Jim Ellison developed an annual ritual on Election Day that takes place long before the sun comes up.

Ellison leaves the warmth of his home and makes the short trip to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland and Macomb Counties building near Campbell Road and Lincoln Avenue to make sure he is the first person in line to vote. He races to be first in line, perpetuating a friendly rivalry with his fellow Precinct 2 voters.

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Published November 14, 2016

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — Voters in the Farmington and Farmington Hills communities took to the polls Nov. 8 to vote for their top candidates, which included presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and, locally, incumbent state House District 37 Rep. Christine Greig, D-Farmington Hills. The district covers Farmington and Farmington Hills. 

“Farmington primarily voted (for) Hillary,” Farmington City Clerk Sue Halberstadt said, adding that a lot of other Democratic offices won through a straight-party ticket.

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Published November 14, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A Richmond City Council member has been elected to the state House of Representatives District 33 seat.

Jeff Yaroch, a Republican, won with 70 percent of the vote in the Nov. 8 general election against Democrat Yani Warda.

“Ever since I started campaigning, I’ve been out talking to residents door-to-door, hearing what their concerns were, and I’ve been committed to working on those issues,” Yaroch said. “My priority is taking care of the people in this district.”

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Published November 14, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — In the Shelby-Utica News’ coverage area, voters established two state representatives and two Macomb County commissioners.

In keeping with national general election trends, all four victors of the local races are Republicans.

In the House District 30 race, Republican Diana Farrington, of Utica, won the seat that her term-limited husband, state Rep. Jeff Farrington, has occupied up until now.

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Published November 14, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — Voters came out in droves and lined up, in some cases 80 people long, to set turnout records in both Shelby Township and Utica Nov. 8.

Shelby Township had a 72.7 percent turnout; Utica had a 67.8 percent turnout. The overall turnout rate for Macomb County was 67.3 percent.

Both Shelby Township Clerk Stan Grot and Utica Clerk Beth Ricketts told the Shelby-Utica News that the election process went smoothly, for the most part.

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Published November 11, 2016

EASTPOINTE — Winning with more than 60 percent of the vote, Eastpointe residents passed the Eastpointe library millage at the polls Nov. 8.

The Eastpointe Memorial Library had proposed a property tax increase of $1 for every $1,000 of taxable value for the next five years beginning in 2017, according to the ballot language.

The millage will raise an estimated amount of $441,077 for the library in 2017. It will provide funds for operation and maintenance of the library.

The vote was 8,964 in favor of the millage and 5,112 against.

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Published November 11, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — Gary McGillivray, the incumbent Oakland County commissioner for the 20th District, was re-elected to another two-year term during the general election Nov. 8.

McGillivray, a Democrat, received 59.88 percent of the vote (14,298 votes), besting his Republican rival David Harrell, who took 39.54 percent (9,441 votes).

Write-ins accounted for 0.57 percent, or 137 votes.

McGillivray said he was honored to be elected to his fourth term as county commissioner.

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Published November 11, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS/HAZEL PARK — During the general election Nov. 8, voters in Madison Heights and Hazel Park elected candidates to serve on school boards.

In Madison District Public Schools, nine candidates ran for four four-year terms. Incumbent Christin Cole came out on top at 16.69 percent (1,824 votes), followed by incumbent Bill Pittman at 15.87 percent (1,735 votes), newcomer Mark Kimble at 13.18 percent (1,441 votes), and incumbent Donald Brecht Jr. at 11.39 percent (1,245 votes).

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