Elections

Published October 19, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — Birmingham voters will be casting their ballots Tuesday, Nov. 8, on one of the community’s most important segments: its schools.

The measure in question is the possible renewal of a millage that provides a significant amount of the funding for the Birmingham  Public Schools district.

The current millage, which is virtually identical to the one the public is being asked to vote on this November, expires in December. If approved, the renewal will last for five years and will expire in 2021.

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Published October 19, 2016

WARREN — While so much focus has been on the upcoming presidential race for the general election Nov. 8, residents will also vote in local races, including school board.

In Fitzgerald Public Schools, however, there are not enough candidates. Incumbent Lori Eseman-Dreyer is the only candidate running for the two open six-year seats. Longtime board member Hilary Kutella has decided not to run again.

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Published October 18, 2016

With the general election just a few weeks away, local clerks are warning voters about long lines at the polls and encouraging absentee voting for those who qualify.

“If they qualify, I think Nov. 8 there are going to be lines because it’s every eight years that we get huge lines at the polls,” said St. Clair Shores City Clerk Mary Kotowski. “It’s not that I don’t have enough equipment — it’s just more people.

“This is the election where people come out who don’t normally vote.”

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Published October 17, 2016

HARPER WOODS — On Tuesday, Nov. 8, Harper Woods residents will head to the polls to vote on a variety of issues. Among them is the race for the Harper Woods Public Schools Board of Education.

Six candidates are running for three four-year terms on the board. The candidates spoke with C & G Newspapers.

Ginny Foster comes into the race with a master’s degree in science and business management. She has two children in the district and said she is driven by a passion to improve the district.

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Published October 12, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Oakland County Commissioner and resident Dave Woodward gathered Proposal A supporters late last month to kick off an informational campaign supporting the public safety renewal millage.

Woodward formed the committee, Keep Royal Oak Safe, with the help of residents and local first responders. The group gathered Sept. 26 in front of the Royal Oak fire station on Sixth Street.

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Published October 5, 2016

HARPER WOODS — November is quickly approaching and that means Election Day, Nov. 8, is on the horizon. Among the candidates and issues that Harper Woods residents will get to weigh in on will be a millage renewal for the Harper Woods Public Library.

B. Kristen Valyi-Hax, the director of the Harper Woods library, wants to ensure that voters know this proposal would be a continuation of a previous measure, not a new measure or an increase.

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Published October 5, 2016

ORCHARD LAKE — Orchard Lake voters will decide the fate of three charter amendments in the Nov. 8 election. 

Currently, Chapter 6, Section 6.6 (D) of Orchard Lake’s city charter prohibits standing committees of the council. The first proposal placed on the ballot would permit standing committees — such as personnel or finance committees — and the committee members would be selected by the City Council. Committee meetings would be open to the public. 

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Published September 28, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Township residents will decide two local ballot questions in November.

A police millage is up for renewal, along with a safety path millage; the safety path millage renewal represents a slight reduction.

The Oakland Township Board of Trustees approved language for both ballot questions Sept. 13.

Oakland Township voters will be asked whether they approve renewing a police millage for a six-year continuation of 1.6998 mills to provide for equipment, operating costs, personnel costs and more.

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Published September 26, 2016

BERKLEY — The Regional Transit Authority has been making the rounds around the local counties to spread information about the upcoming vote in November on its public transit millage.

Recently, RTA Planning and Financial Analysis Manager Ben Stupka came before the Berkley City Council at its Sept. 19 meeting to present to the council and residents information about the RTA’s master plan.

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Published September 6, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — After failing to advance to the general election as the Republican candidate for township supervisor, Mark Grabow has announced that he will run a write-in campaign in an attempt to secure the supervisor post this November.

In the Republican primary election Aug. 2, incumbent Supervisor Janet Dunn defeated Grabow with 60.5 percent of the vote.

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Published August 31, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Aug. 16, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees voted unanimously to place the question of a millage renewal to support the operation of the Fire Department on the Nov. 8 ballot.

The 20-year millage was last approved in 1996 and will expire at the end of 2017. The question is whether or not to renew the existing fire millage of up to 3.75 mills for 2018-2037.

“This is not a tax increase,” Supervisor Rick Stathakis said. “It is a continuation of what we have now.”

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Published August 31, 2016

WARREN — The race for the 28th District state House seat has come down to just two names. Well, maybe three.

On the Democratic side, incumbent Warren City Councilman Pat Green is set to appear on the ballot in his first bid for statewide office after a 20-point win in the primary over a field of three other candidates. Green, of Warren, garnered 50.3 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary election on Aug. 2, followed by Lori Stone (30.7 percent), Mike Westphal (13.8 percent) and Paul M. Kardasz (5.2 percent).

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Published August 17, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — After not facing any competition in the Democratic primary for the 33rd District state House seat, Yani Warda is moving on to the general election this November.

Warda, 28, of Macomb Township, is the owner of a commercial cleaning service that has been family-owned since 1996, and he also works for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in its human resources division.

Warda attended Macomb Community College to study fire science and law enforcement, and he is continuing his education in emergency management at Madonna University.

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Published August 15, 2016

Paul Mitchell surpassed four opponents to clinch the Republican nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives District 10 race in the Aug. 2 primary election with 30.6 percent of the vote.

He will compete with Democratic nominee Frank Accavitti Jr., Libertarian Lisa Lane Gioia and Benjamin Nofs, a member of the Green Party, in the Nov. 8 general election for a two-year term in Congress.

The 10th Congressional District includes all of Huron, Lapeer, Sanilac and St. Clair counties, as well as portions of Macomb and Tuscola counties.

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Published August 15, 2016

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD — Around the country, it seems voters on opposing sides of the political spectrum are at odds over a myriad of issues — voter identification laws being just one.

That argument reared its ugly head in the Eagle’s coverage area during last Tuesday’s primary election when at least two incidents highlighted the controversy surrounding whether voters should provide photo ID at the polls — or be denied a ballot completely.

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Published August 12, 2016

WARREN — Holding a sign that read, “Hillary for Prison 2016,” Marlene Palicz said she does not agree with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on the issues.

“I’m against amnesty for illegal aliens; I’m against higher taxes; I’m against the expansion of government,” the Walled Lake resident said. “She compromised our national security by having a private email server, and she wiped the server clean. Most people know she belongs in prison.”

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Published August 11, 2016

WARREN — At a plant known for its meticulously engineered “Macomb to Mars” technology, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton laid out her vision of a future without limits for American workers and businesses.

Appearing in Warren for an afternoon campaign stop on Aug. 11, Clinton delivered an upbeat economic policy speech before a crowd of workers and supporters at Futuramic Tool & Engineering Co.

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Published August 10, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/FRASER — Now that the 2016 primary season has come and gone, the winners are now pivoting toward November’s general election.

According to the Macomb County Clerk’s Office, the Aug. 2 primary saw a turnout of 17.7 percent in Clinton Township — tied for 16th among Macomb County municipalities.

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Published August 10, 2016

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Just days before Bloomfield Township voters were to head to the polls Aug. 2, one resident alerted the media that she had filed a privacy breach complaint with the Michigan Attorney General’s Office against Township Supervisor Leo Savoie and Clerk Janet Roncelli.

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Published August 9, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Ballot proposal renewals will fund township parks and senior transportation. The millage renewals for parks and recreation and Older Persons’ Commission transportation were overwhelmingly approved by voters Aug. 2.

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