Klinefelt sweeps away the competition

By: Sara Kandel | C&G Newspapers | Published November 7, 2012

With 63 percent of voters opting for the Democratic nominee, Eastpointe resident Veronica Klinefelt nabbed the District 3 seat on the Macomb County Board of Commissioners.

“I’m really excited about taking on this new challenge,” Klinefelt said the morning after the election. “I’m looking forward to working with the commissioners up there for the betterment of government in Macomb County.”

Klinefelt spent election night with family and friends celebrating early wins in Eastpointe and Warren, but with opponent Randell Shafer hailing from St. Clair Shores, supporters didn’t call her victory until after 11 p.m., when reports from all the precincts were in.

Klinefelt won three of the four cities with precincts in District 3: in Eastpointe she won with 11,223 votes to Shafer’s 2,207 votes; in St. Clair Shores, Klinefelt brought in 5,478 votes to Shafer’s 4,959 votes; and in Warren, she won with 2,656 votes to Shafer’s 1,025. Only in Grosse Pointe Shores did Shafer beat out Klinefelt, with 24 votes to her 12 votes.

While excited to be moving on from the election, Klinefelt expressed gratitude toward her opponent. “Randell Shafer ran a good, clean race and I wish him the best,” she said.

"I'm disappointed President Obama was re-elected, but I would like to say congratulations to Veronica Klinefelt — I wish her luck on the Board of Commissioners — and thank you to all my supporters and for the support of my family and friends," Shafer said.