Challenger wins spot on Grosse Pointe Woods City Council

By: Maria Allard | Grosse Pointe Times | Published November 6, 2019

WOODS — The ballots were cast, and the votes were counted.

Two of the three Grosse Pointe Woods City Council incumbents running for reelection were reelected to the council during the general election Nov. 5. A total of five candidates ran for the three open seats, which have four-year terms.

According to the unofficial results released from the Wayne County Clerk’s Office, incumbent Michael Koester was the top vote-getter with 2,680 votes, and incumbent Art Bryant received 2,545 votes.

Challenger Kenneth Gafa was elected to the council with the second-highest vote total, 2,548 votes. 

Incumbent Richard Shetler Jr., seeking his third term on the council, didn’t receive enough votes to get reelected. He received 2,026 votes. Challenger Seth A. Winterholler garnered the fewest votes with 1,951 and was not elected. 

Koester has served two four-year terms on the council, and this will be his third term.

Bryant has served three four-year terms on the council, and this will be his fourth term.

Ted Metry ran unopposed for a four-year term for Grosse Pointe Woods Municipal Court judge.

Also on Election Day, the Grosse Pointe Public School System operating millage restoration proposal and the district’s sinking fund proposal both passed.

According to the unofficial results released from the Wayne County Clerk’s Office, the operating millage restoration proposal received 10,892 “yes” votes and 4,328 “no” votes. The  sinking fund proposal received 10,824 “yes” votes and 4,413 “no” votes.

According to school officials, both proposals are not new taxes. They are what taxpayers already have been paying. Both ballot proposals combined make up approximately 25% of the district’s budget. 

Please check back for further information, including candidates’ reactions to the race.