Write-ins await results after commissioner elections in Bloomfield Hills, Birmingham

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published November 14, 2017

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The precinct signs have been taken down, the stickers have been doled out, and the counting machines have been tucked away until next year.

But in Bloomfield Hills, the election was not over when the polls closed. While the four incumbents running for re-election to the City Commission have earned their seats, the fifth spot on the board — likely to be taken up by a write-in candidate — has yet to be determined.

Commissioners Mike Coakley, Susan McCarthy, Sarah McClure and Stuart David Sherr all kept their seats with close margins to each other — Sherr came out on top with 425 votes, or 22.91 percent, followed by McCarthy with 419 votes, then Coakley with 416 votes and, finally, McClure with 410 votes from among the 1,855 total.

But the remaining 185 votes went to unassigned write-in candidates. Two write-in candidates officially filed with Oakland County for the Nov. 7 election, Mark Kapel and William Hosler. The Eagle wouldn’t learn until after press time who had won the final seat. 

“The write-in category is for any name that was written in,” said Bloomfield Hills City Clerk Amy Burton in an email. “It could be for a valid write-in candidate — Hosler or Kapel — or it could be for a name someone wrote (in), like Mickey Mouse.”

The Oakland County Board of Canvassers was working to tabulate the votes early this week, and results were expected to be in on Tuesday, Nov. 14 — after press time — Burton said.

Voter turnout in Birmingham was just under 10 percent. The ballot was small, and aside from the Library Board race, voters had the chance to re-elect three uncontested commissioners to their seats. 

Rackeline Hoff took the top spot with 1,329 votes, or 34.4 percent, followed by Mark Nickita with 1,301 votes and 33.7 percent, and then Stuart Sherman with 1,207 votes and 31.3 percent. Just 26 votes, or 0.67 percent, were given to unassigned write-ins. 

“I am very pleased to begin another four years of working to make the city an even better place for all of us to live, work and recreate,” said Nickita as the polls closed last week.

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