Harper Woods residents cast their ballots Aug. 4 in the Michigan primary election.

Harper Woods residents cast their ballots Aug. 4 in the Michigan primary election.

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Harper Woods residents cast votes in Aug. 4 primary

By: Brendan Losinski | Advertiser Times | Published August 20, 2020

HARPER WOODS — Harper Woods residents made their voices heard in the Aug. 4 primary election, selecting their choices from each political party to run in the Tuesday, Nov. 3, general election.

Harper Woods Clerk Leslie Frank reported an uneventful election day, helped along by the fact that most races were regional with no local issues or city candidates on the ballot.

“We had a smooth election day without any major incidents,” said Frank. “There were no reported problems and no issues counting ballots.”

She added that all voting precincts had taken precautions to keep people safe despite the ongoing threat of COVID-19.

“We were supplied with (personal protection equipment) that was sent to us from the state of Michigan,” said Frank. “It included masks, wipes, gloves, face shields, sanitizer and sneeze guards.”

COVID-19 did have some effect on the election, since absentee voting showed a marked increase over previous years.

“We handled the absentee voter ballots as we normally do, and added an additional tabulator in which to count them,” explained Frank. “We plan to add a third tabulator for November to count the additional amount of absentee voter ballots we are anticipating.”

Mayor Valerie Kindle remarked that she was happy to see the election go as planned and that safety precautions were in place to reassure voters that they would be safe exercising their right to vote.

“Our Clerk’s Office did a wonderful job,” she said. “They made sure everything was in place to keep things working right and that people were safe.”

In the race for U.S. senator, both incumbent Democrat Gary Peters and Republican John James ran unopposed for their parties’ nominations, and they received 1,180,780 and 1,005,315 votes respectively. They will face off in the general election in November for a six-year term.

In the 14th Congressional District race, incumbent Democrat Brenda Lawrence defeated Democratic challenger Terrence Morrison by a margin of 127,006 votes to 9,264. Lawrence will face Republican challenger Robert Vance Patrick in November after he defeated fellow Republican Daryle Houston by a margin of 12,481 to 6,597 votes. They will compete for a two-year term in the general election.

Incumbent Democrat Tenisha Yancey ran unopposed in her party to retain her seat as the 1st District’s representative in the state Legislature. She received 12,373 votes. She will square off against Republican challenger Latricia Lanier in the November election for a two-year term. Lanier also ran unopposed in her party and received 2,568 votes.

Incumbent Democrat Tim Killeen was unopposed to retain his seat as the 1st District Wayne County Commissioner receiving 18,427 votes. Additionally, 210 Democratic write-in votes were cast, as were 356 Republican write-in votes for the position. If reelected in November, Killeen will return to the office for another two years.