Elections

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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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

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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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