St. Clair ShoresAugust 8, 2012
New faces, familiar names will face off for county seats
By Kristyne E. Demske
C & G Staff Writer
Redistricting split St. Clair Shores into two districts for seats on the Macomb County Board of Commissioners, where four candidates will now face off for two seats in November.
District 3 now includes precincts bordering Eight Mile Road and the lakeshore north to Martin Road, combined with all of Eastpointe, the Macomb County portion of Grosse Pointe Shores and five precincts in Warren. The remainder of the city is combined with Harrison Township for District 10.
Eastpointe resident Veronica Klinefelt won the Democratic spot with about 48 percent, or 2,637 votes, and St. Clair Shores resident Randell Shafer grabbed the Republican nomination with 51 percent, or 1,363 votes.
“It’s just one leg of the race, but it was exhaustive and I’m happy to be moving on to the general election,” Klinefelt said the morning after the election.
She spent the day taking down campaign signs. She’ll hit the streets to put them back up in a couple months, a few weeks before the general election.
“I’m really grateful for all the support that residents and area businesses have given me,” she said. “I’ve made a lot of friends through this and even though it’s been exhausting, it’s been very interesting too and I’m excited to begin focusing on the general election.
Klinefelt was the only candidate on the ballot with experience serving in an elected public office, with six years as a trustee on the East Detroit Board of Education and eight as a councilwoman and mayor pro tem.
Despite her experience, fellow Democratic candidate Kevin Hertel, of St. Clair Shores, was a close contender for the Democratic nomination throughout the race and came in second at the polls, receiving 2,382 votes. Saint Clair Shores resident Daniel Foukes had 447 votes.
Shafer was not available for comment at press time. He won by 83 votes over Brad Templeman of St. Clair Shores.
In District 10, a familiar name came out on top on the Democrat side of the ticket. Michael Boyle, a former County Commissioner before the charter form of government was enacted and a former St. Clair Shores City Councilman, won with 60 percent of the vote, or 2,649 votes, beating retired police Lt. David Chavis, who brought in 1,769 votes, or 40 percent of the total.
Boyle said his win was likely “because I’ve been around a long time.”
“I’m involved in the community, I’ve been involved for 35 years,” he said.
But he said he’d have to work hard to get his name out in Harrison Township. He wants voters to know that he supports recreational use of the water and is concerned about the quality of Lake St. Clair.
“I want to increase the senior citizen services, make sure we have good transportation for everybody,” he said.
He said he was happy with the win and plans to continue to work hard to win the November general election.
“I’ll work hard for everybody,” he said.
His Republican challenger in November, Harrison Township resident Zach Eineman, took in 2,292 votes. Eineman beat fellow Harrison Township resident Jennifer Piecuch by just 69 votes; she had 2,223, according to unofficial results from the Macomb County Clerk’s Office.
“It’s nice to win and that’s just one piece of the puzzle, and it’s a long road to November and that’s what we’re focused on,” he said. “I’m going to be someone who gets in there and I’m going to push for things, I’m going to try to get things done.”
He said he is against any change to Selfridge Air National Guard Base, any higher taxes and wants transparency and honesty in government.
“I’m not going to be someone who just quietly votes, I’m going to be someone who makes a difference,” he said. “That’s the main thing.”
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