New faces voted onto Birmingham City Commission

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published November 6, 2019

 At Next, Suzanne Ray, of Birmingham, gets a bit of direction Nov. 5 from poll worker Shirley Wu-Wilson, also of Birmingham.

At Next, Suzanne Ray, of Birmingham, gets a bit of direction Nov. 5 from poll worker Shirley Wu-Wilson, also of Birmingham.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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Things could get interesting now that three newcomers have been voted onto the Birmingham City Commission, replacing two incumbents running for reelection.

Of the nearly 16,000 votes cast on and before Election Day Nov. 5, Brad Host took most favor with residents, garnering 17.5% of the vote. He’s followed by Therese Longe with 17.1% and Clinton Baller with 13.8%. 

The fourth and final commission seat, earning 13.8% of the race, was claimed by unassigned write-in votes, which will likely be called for Pierre Boutros, who ran for reelection as a write-in candidate.

That means incumbent and current Mayor Patty Bordman won’t return to the commission, and neither will incumbent Commissioner Carroll DeWeese.

Also on the ballot for voters in the Birmingham area was a replacement operating millage proposal to restore up to 18 mills to fund operating expenses for the Birmingham Public Schools district. The measure was approved by 74.4% of the 11,551 participating voters.

Call Staff Writer Tiffany Esshaki at (586) 498-1095.

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