Elections

Published May 10, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — The race for Oakland County water resources commissioner took a sad turn last month when Republican candidate Paul Welday died at the age of 57.

Welday, a principal partner at Superior Capitol Consulting and a political strategist, died on April 25 from currently unknown causes. Before passing away, he had registered to run as a Republican for the position of Oakland County water resources commissioner.

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Published May 9, 2016

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville Public Library is seeking a half-mill millage increase on the August primary election ballot following unanimous approval by the City Council April 26.

Library Director Jackie Harvey said that over the past few years, the library has been forced to dip into its reserve fund — essentially its savings account — to balance its budget. The library has already made cuts over the past few years, she said, and the Library Commission feels that a millage increase is the way to proceed.

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Published May 4, 2016

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WARREN/STERLING HEIGHTS/TROY — Improved security, updated technology, interior and exterior door replacements, improvements to heating and cooling systems, new school buses, and parking lot and sidewalk replacement are among the projects on the horizon for Warren Consolidated Schools after voters approved a bond issue during the May 3 general election.

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Published May 4, 2016

With 18 percent of the more than 17,000 registered voters casting a ballot, Lake Shore Public Schools will be able to improve buildings, technology and more with the help of a $35 million bond approved by voters May 3.

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Published May 2, 2016

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WARREN/STERLING HEIGHTS/TROY — Warren Consolidated Schools residents will head to the polls May 3 to vote on the district’s $134.5 million bond issue.

If the bond issue passes, it will fund a number of updates throughout the district, including technology, security, and facility upgrades.

“We’re optimistic,” Acting Superintendent Sharon Irvine said. “We certainly have been appreciative of the level of support from the community.”

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Published April 27, 2016

After listening to an overview of the proposed $138.3 million 2016-17 budget at an April 22 study session, the Troy City Council agreed by consensus to proceed and consider the budget as submitted.

The proposed 2016-17 budget includes a decrease in the city millage rate, from 10.5 mills to 10.4 mills, and it includes a fund balance of over 27 percent. 

Troy City Assessor Nino Licari said homeowners’ taxes will be reduced, but the actual reduction to the average homeowner was not available at press time.

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Published April 27, 2016

UTICA — On April 20, the Utica Public Library board voted unanimously to pursue placing a 0.4-mill increase on the city’s ballot for the Aug. 2 election.

The library’s current millage rate is 0.84 mills. The average residential taxpayer in Utica currently pays approximately $44 per year for library services. With a 0.4-mill increase and based on the average, residents would pay $20.94 more per year.

A mill is equal to $1 for every $1,000 of taxable value.

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Published April 26, 2016

FERNDALE — Former Ferndale mayor and current community liaison for the Oakland County Water Resources Commission Craig Covey has decided to throw his name in for the position of Oakland County sheriff.

Covey, a Democrat who also previously served as an Oakland County commissioner, decided to run, as he wanted voters in Oakland County to have a different choice at election time.

“Republicans have had a stranglehold on county offices for decades,” he said. “I guess I just wanted folks to be able to have a choice this time around.”

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Published April 26, 2016

The April 19 filing deadline has passed, and now Macomb County has an official list of Democratic and Republican candidates for the state’s 30th House District race.

Seven candidates are vying to fill the state House seat, which will have no incumbent candidate running. State Rep. Jeff Farrington, R-Utica, is the current occupant, but he is term-limited.

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Published April 25, 2016

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — No boring uncontested races here.

It looks like it’s going to be an interesting election season in Bloomfield Township. Challengers have emerged for supervisor, treasurer, clerk and trustee positions — most of which had been unopposed for several years — according to Oakland County’s election filing records.

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Published April 25, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Richard Batchelder, a Shelby Township resident and retired firefighter who filed to run for supervisor in the Aug. 2 election, said Supervisor Rick Stathakis assaulted him before the April 19 Shelby Township Board of Trustees meeting.

Police said Batchelder filed a police report regarding the incident and that they are investigating, but police declined to comment on the case because it is still under investigation.

Stathakis denied the claim.

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Published April 25, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Millage renewals for township parks and the Older Persons’ Commission, which also includes an OPC millage increase, are planned for the August primary election.

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Published April 20, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  Formal complaints have been filed with the Secretary of State’s Office against three elected township officials for allegedly violating the Michigan Campaign Finance Act. 

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Published April 20, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — A police millage and a safety path and trails network millage will be on the upcoming November general election ballot.

“The police millage is strictly a renewal,” Oakland Township Supervisor Terry Gonser said at the April 12 Board of Trustees meeting. “Safety paths is a reduction.”

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Published April 20, 2016

UTICA — The Utica Public Library has slimmed its hours, staff and services in recent years, and Director Marsha Doege said she plans to submit more reductions in her next budget, including taking a salary cut herself and slashing hours further.

“The 2008 debacle hit the library hard, along with the erosion of mills and loss of personal property taxes — just a whole lot of things that made us struggle,” Doege said. “We’ve been in survival mode, but now it’s to the point where we need to request help from the taxpayers.”

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Published April 14, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Looking to retain his position as Macomb County public works commissioner, Anthony Marrocco officially filed to run for re-election on April 4.

The Democrat’s challengers in the Aug. 2 primary election are Congresswoman Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township, and Warren Republican Joseph Hunt.

A lifelong Macomb County resident, Marrocco, 67, has held the elected position for six terms (24 years) after former Commissioner Thomas Welsh’s retirement.

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Published April 13, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The city of Wayne is interested in joining Hazel Park and Eastpointe in the South Macomb Oakland Regional Services Authority, or SMORSA, provided that voters in all three communities agree to the move.

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Published March 30, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Candidates for local elections have begun to announce their intentions to run in the Aug. 2 primary election.

With current U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, Harrison Township, departing from her post this upcoming fall, candidates will be vying for the vacant 10th Congressional District seat. The 10th Congressional District encompasses northeast Macomb County, most of Tuscola County, and all of Huron, Sanilac, Lapeer and St. Clair counties.

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Published March 23, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Although residents have approved a similar millage every few years since 2003, the proposal facing St. Clair Shores this August will have a few notable changes: namely, a higher millage rate and a lack of a guarantee of staffing levels in the ballot language.

The proposed language being put before voters Aug. 2 will call for up to 5 mills to be levied on residents for the next three years, beginning in 2017, to pay for police and fire operations in the city, an increase from the previous 2 mills levied.

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Published March 17, 2016

GROSSE POINTES — Donald Trump might have been the big winner for the Republicans statewide, but in most of the Grosse Pointes, Ohio Gov. John Kasich was the frontrunner.

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