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Residents select leaders for upcoming terms

More than 24,000 voters took to the polls in Royal Oak and Clawson Nov. 6, making decisions from the local to the federal level.

One of the most locally watched races was the battle between Royal Oak residents Carlo Ginotti and Derek W. Meinecke for the vacant judge position at the 44th District Court in Royal Oak. Meinecke took the six-year seat with 54.43 percent (13,358) of the votes.

“I’m most grateful for the confidence the Royal Oak voters expressed in their support of my campaign today,” Meinecke said via email. “We are fortunate to live in a tremendous city where citizens take elections seriously and they are committed to building a stronger community.

“In the weeks ahead, I will be focused on making this a smooth and productive transition with Judge (Daniel) Sawicki and Judge (Terrance) Brennan. As a community, we are facing important and challenging issues and I’m looking forward to continuing to address those (issues), but now from the bench of the 44th District Court.”

There were also two local Oakland County commissioner seats up for grabs in Royal Oak’s 19th District and Clawson, Troy and northern Royal Oak’s 16th District.

Incumbent Democrat David Woodward recaptured the 19th District seat for another two years with 60.18 percent (13,659) of the vote over Republican William A. Shaw.

Republican incumbent Mike Bosnic took 51.61 percent (14,267) of the votes to capture the 16th District seat despite Democratic challenger Tim Burns’ 47.92 percent (13,247) of the votes, including 63.70 percent (695) in Royal Oak and 52.19 percent (3,274) in Clawson.

Marty Cardamone went unchallenged for the four-year Royal Oak Neighborhood Schools Board of Education seat.

Local voters mirrored many of the congressional races, as well.

Incumbent state Rep. Jim Townsend, D-Royal Oak, recaptured his 26th District seat for another two years with 60.18 percent (26,095) of the vote, including 60.09 percent (19,165) of Royal Oak residents. Mark Bliss, R-Madison Heights, took 35.75 percent (15,504) of the vote, including 35.76 percent (11,406) in Royal Oak.

In a battle for the 41st District state representative seat, which includes Clawson, Martin Howrylak, R-Troy, took the two-year position with 50.21 percent (23,403) of the vote over Mary Kerwin, D-Troy, despite Kerwin winning 54.42 percent (3,373) of Clawson residents’ support.

U.S. Rep. Sander Levin, D-Royal Oak, reclaimed his 9th District seat in the House of Representatives for another two years over Don Volaric, R-Chesterfield Township. Royal Oak residents favored Levin with 60.49 percent (19,873) of their votes, and Clawson residents favored him with 61.51 percent (1,007).

Kerry Bentivolio, R-Milford, won the U.S. House seat for the 11th District, despite 47.28 percent (2,184) of Clawson residents supporting Syed Taj, D-Canton, compared with 45.62 percent (2,107) who supported Bentivolio locally.

Similarly, incumbent U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-East Lansing, retook her seat for another six years after defeating Pete Hoekstra, R-Holland. Stabenow was supported by 60.84 percent (20,410) of Royal Oak voters and 58.12 percent (3,827) of Clawson voters.

At the federal level, the U.S. presidency went to incumbent Barack Obama for another four-year term. Locally, 57.88 percent (19,910) of Royal Oak residents and 52.65 percent (3,578) of Clawson residents supported Obama, who defeated Bloomfield Hills native and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

There were also six statewide proposals on the ballot, but all failed. Locally, 60.25 percent (19,711) of Royal Oak voters and 58.19 percent (3,761) of Clawson voters supported Proposal 1, a referendum on the emergency manager law.

Royal Oak and Clawson voters sided with the statewide results on the latter five proposals, with more than 59 percent of local voters rejecting each proposal.

For results, visit www.oakgov.com/clerkrod.