Elections

Published November 11, 2016

HAZEL PARK — Voters supported two proposals for the city of Hazel Park during the general election Nov. 8, approving staggered four-year terms for mayor and council and an increase in the petition signatures required for an item to make the ballot.

Proposal 1 and Proposal 2 both passed by overwhelming majorities: Proposal 1 at 68.57 percent (3,644 votes) to 31.43 percent (1,670 votes), and Proposal 2 at 64.56 percent (3,246 votes) to 35.44 percent (1,782 votes).

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Published November 11, 2016

HAZEL PARK/FERNDALE — Voters in the Hazel Park school district, which includes parts of Ferndale, supported a millage during the general election Nov. 8 for critical repairs and updates around the district. The millage replaces two existing millages, so there will be no increase in taxes.

The millage passed by 57.54 percent (4,366 votes) to 42.46 percent (3,222 votes).

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Published November 11, 2016

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WAYNE COUNTY — Voters have chosen four members of the Grosse Pointe Public School System Board of Education and returned Brian Banks to the state House of Representatives.

In the state House of Representatives race for District 1, incumbent Brian Banks, D-Harper Woods, was re-elected to another two-year term, defeating Republican William Broman, of Grosse Pointe Woods. Banks earned 24,964 votes to Broman’s 11,562 votes.

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Published November 11, 2016

WARREN — Millions of voters across the country cast ballots on Election Day. Many walked away with “I Voted” stickers. Some shared photos of their stickers on social media. Some even flashed them to get free stuff, like doughnuts or a piece of pie.

Most voters in Warren left the polls without stickers, and some were clearly disappointed.

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Published November 11, 2016

WARREN — Third-term Warren City Councilman Patrick Green said he would resign his post effective Nov. 11 following his election to the Michigan House of Representatives.

Green, first elected to the council in 2007, defeated Republican Antoine Davison by a margin of 66 percent to 34 percent Nov. 8 to win election to the 28th District seat, representing Center Line and a portion of Warren. By nearly identical margins, voters elected Green to both a full two-year term beginning on Jan. 1, 2017, and a partial term set to begin immediately.

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Published November 11, 2016

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MACOMB COUNTY — In the race for the state House of Representatives District 24 seat, Republican Steve Marino took the win with 55 percent of the vote. Challenger Democrat Dana Camphous-Peterson received 44 percent of the vote.

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Published November 11, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP/MOUNT CLEMENS — L’Anse Creuse Public Schools and Mount Clemens Community Schools will each have a new face on their respective boards soon.

During the Nov. 8 general election, Terri Spencer was elected to the L’Anse Creuse Board of Education with 13 percent of the voter support. Nine candidates were running for three six-year terms.

Spencer, a resident of Harrison Township, said she was pleasantly surprised and humbled by the number of people who voted for her (7,558).

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Published November 11, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Republicans are in full control in Harrison Township.

During the Nov. 8 general election, Supervisor Ken Verkest received his sixth re-election with 60 percent of the vote over his Democratic challenger, James Senstock (38 percent).

Verkest will join again at the table his fellow Republicans Clerk Adam Wit, Treasurer Darrin York, and Trustees Bill Bitonti and Larry Tomenello. They will be joined by newly elected Trustees Brian Batkins and Bill Servial, also Republicans.

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Published November 10, 2016

HARPER WOODS — Residents and officials agreed that, regardless of which candidates won or which issues were approved, Election Day in Harper Woods moved forward smoothly and without any major incidents.

The Grosse Pointes-Harper Woods NAACP branch put forth several programs in the weeks leading up to the election, including talking about various ballot issues, educating the public on their voting rights and resources, and encouraging people to exercise their right to vote.

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Published November 10, 2016

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WARREN/CENTER LINE/STERLING HEIGHTS/TROY — Several school board races were decided on Election Day, Nov. 8.

In the Warren Consolidated Schools district, five candidates ran for three open seats. Incumbents Susan Trombley and Megan Papasian-Broadwell and former board member Susan Jozwik won the six-year terms.

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Published November 9, 2016

Michael Bouchard has been re-elected as Oakland County sheriff, a position he’s held since 1999.

Receiving more than 59 percent of the vote with all 520 precincts reporting, Bouchard defeated his challenger, former Ferndale mayor Craig Covey, 375,308 votes to 257,759 votes.

“I’m certainly very appreciative of all our support,” Bouchard said of his win. “And not just on Election Day, but in general. They really do support the men and women of law enforcement, and it means a lot. It really does.”

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Published November 9, 2016

WAYNE COUNTY — Voters have chosen four members of the Grosse Pointe Public School System Board of Education and have returned Brian Banks to the state House of Representatives.

In the state House of Representatives race for District 1, incumbent Brian Banks, D-Harper Woods, was re-elected to another two-year term, defeating Republican William Broman, of Grosse Pointe Woods. Banks earned 24,964 votes to Broman’s 11,562 votes.

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Published November 9, 2016

Paul Mitchell, R-Dryden, emerged as the winner of the four-candidate contest for a two-year term as the representative of the 10th District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Mitchell, the 59-year-old retired CEO of Ross Education, took 214,599 votes, or approximately 63 percent, followed by Democrat Frank Accavitti Jr. with 110,073 votes, or approximately 32.3 percent. Libertarian Lisa Lane Gioia garnered 10,611 votes, or approximately 3.1 percent, and Benjamin Nofs, of the Green Party, received 5,125 votes, or approximately 1.5 percent.

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Published November 9, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — Republican President-elect Donald Trump prevailed over his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, in Sterling Heights as he appeared to hold onto a slight lead in Michigan, as of 3 a.m. Nov. 9, after voters went to the polls Nov. 8.

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Published November 9, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Mirroring a stunning national trend, two well-known Democrats running for Macomb County clerk and treasurer, respectively, found themselves on the outside looking in Nov. 8 after the voters elected two relative newcomers from the Republican side of the ballot.

In the race to become the county’s next treasurer, incumbent Derek Miller was defeated by challenger Larry Rocca by a margin of 1,615 votes in a race that saw a total of 377,515 votes cast.

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Published November 9, 2016

A Headlee override to raise what Grosse Pointe Park officials say are much-needed funds for the city’s Public Safety Department passed by a large margin.

During the Nov. 8 presidential election, nearly 60 percent of the ballots cast for the millage — 3,901 — were in favor of it, compared to 2,631 opposed, according to unofficial vote tallies available at press time.

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Published November 9, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Macomb Township Supervisor Janet Dunn was re-elected to her position for the next four years.

In the general election Nov. 8, Dunn, a Republican who was facing no official opposition from a Democrat, received 29,182 votes. Although the number of write-in votes cast for Mark Grabow was not known at press time, the number of total votes cast in the township was just less than 45,000.

“The goal is to get the township up and running again now that this election is over, and get to the business at hand,” Dunn said.

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Published November 9, 2016

With a record turnout of voters, Shelby Township residents elected the Republican trustee candidates to the Board of Trustees and overwhelmingly passed the fire millage.

Vince Viviano, Lynn Wilhelm, John Vermeulen and incumbent Douglas Wozniak will fill the four trustee positions next year. Supervisor Rick Stathakis, Clerk Stan Grot and Treasurer Michael Flynn, all incumbents, ran unopposed.

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Published November 9, 2016

Birmingham residents went to the polls to renew Birmingham Public Schools’ operating millage by a margin of 25,422 votes to 7,931 Nov. 8.
The measure consists of a levy of up to 10.9236 mills — or just over $10.92 for every $1,000 of taxable property value per year — on nonresidential properties, and 8.4951 mills — or just over $8.49 for every $1,000 of taxable property value per year — on residential properties. The millage will be in place until 2021.

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Published November 9, 2016

METRO DETROIT —  On Election Day, voters in four counties weighed in on a transportation millage proposal by the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan, and they voted to strike down the plan.

According to unofficial results, in Oakland County, the proposal received 292,401 yes votes, or 49.91 percent, and 293,510  no votes, or 50.09 percent.

In Macomb County, the proposal received 148,159 yes votes, or 39.9 percent, and 222,806 no votes, or 60.1 percent. 

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