Township sees 80 percent voter turnout

Day, Baron and Herner win seats on BHS Board of Education

By: Robin Ruehlen | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published November 7, 2012

Nearly 28,000 residents cast ballots in Bloomfield Township on Election Day, resulting in a voter turnout of 80 percent.

In the Bloomfield Hills Schools Board of Education races for two six-year terms, newcomer Howard Baron and current Board President Ingrid Day both tied at 40 percent, with each receiving 10,755 votes.  Candidate W.F. Moigis received 5,457 votes (20 percent.)

Day thanked voters on her Facebook page around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday night, and posted on Sunday that she believed is not possible to lead the board effectively without being personally involved in all aspects of BHSD.

“The job of a school board member is much more than being prepared for and attending meetings. It’s imperative that board members immerse themselves in the ‘ordinary’ things that our students do each day,” she wrote.

“I enjoy attending classroom presentations at every level, all-school events, watching wide-eyed students on their learning trips to our nature center and farm…well, you get the picture. I love this part of my job. Everyday I’m reminded of all the great things that are BHSD.”

On the Friends of Howard Baron Facebook page, a Wednesday morning post thanked all those who helped Baron win a seat on the board, and congratulated Day and Board Treasurer Robert Herner on their wins.

Voters chose Herner over incumbent Trustee Joan Berndt and candidate Jenny Greenwell to occupy the partial term, which ends Dec. 31, 2014. Herner received 5,727 votes (38 percent), while Greenwell trailed by a mere 250 votes at 36 percent. Berndt received 3,975 votes (26 percent.)