Coulter wins election in Oakland County executive race

By: Mike Koury | C&G Newspapers | Published November 4, 2020






OAKLAND COUNTY — Dave Coulter will continue as Oakland County executive, as he’s been elected by voters to a four-year term.

With all 506 precincts in Oakland County reporting, Coulter, a Democrat, received 407,582 votes in the Nov. 3 election. In total, 743,806 votes were cast in the race, which resulted in 54.796% of voters supporting the incumbent executive, according to Oakland County’s election website.

“I never take an election for granted. The people have the final say and I’m grateful that they have returned me for another four years,” Coulter said.

Coulter’s main challenger, Republican Mike Kowall, received 324,119 votes, and Libertarian Connor Nepomuceno took in 11,530. There were 575 unassigned write-in votes.

Kowall said the result of the election speaks for itself. Both candidates noted the geographical differences of Oakland County, where both saw the northern half vote Republican and the southern half vote Democrat.

“Unfortunately, there’s more people living in the southern end than there is in the north,” Kowall said. “Everybody has their special concerns, and I know the folks up here in the north are really concerned with leadership that’s gonna take place at the county level. Hopefully, there’s gonna be a lot of communications going on and we can get over this thing and keep Oakland County as a great place to live.”

The county executive’s election also featured a separate race for either Coulter or Kowall to be executive from Nov. 3 until Dec. 31. After the death of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson in 2019 and Coulter's subsequent appointment, the law stated that the term would run until the next election. This led to another election being added to cover the last two months of 2020.

Coulter won that race as well, receiving 410,673 votes compared to Kowall’s 323,468.

Coulter said he’s excited to be able to get back to work for the county.

“Of course, we still have to deal with the coronavirus and the dramatically rising infection rates in the county, but I’m also really eager to get to work on initiatives like our economic development plan, expanding health care, helping to clean up the environment and issues like that that we ran on,” he said.

In regard to the economy, Kowall hopes the county focuses on how it’s going to bring in new and innovative companies.

“I don’t like the way that they’re proposing to change the economic development component. That has been and will continue to be the driving force in making us successful, if it’s used correctly,” he said. “We have a lot of people that depend on companies for their livelihood, and I just want to make sure the families and people that live here have not just good places to work, but great places to work and continue to be the driver of innovation for this state.”