Elections

Published November 10, 2015

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Only about two dozen votes separated Grosse Pointe Shores City Council contenders from the winners on Election Day.

Five candidates were vying for three four-year terms on the council, with Shores City Councilman Robert Gesell the only council incumbent; City Council members Kay Felt and Daniel Schulte didn’t seek re-election.

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Published November 9, 2015

FRASER — Joe Nichols seemingly came out of nowhere to run against City Councilman Paul Cilluffo for mayor.

But the voices of nearly 3,000 residents on Nov. 3 cemented a new era in Fraser politics, as Nichols defeated Cilluffo 52.8 percent to 47.2 percent to succeed Doug Hagerty. The final count was 1,431 votes to 1,280.

Nichols, who later said he knocked on 75 doors on the eve of Election Day, said his campaign consisted of listening to residents and what they desired to move the city forward.

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Published November 9, 2015

FRASER — The residents of Fraser voted for change in 2015.

In a crowded eight-person field vying for three four-year spots on Fraser City Council, newcomers Patrice Schornak and Yvette Foster were the top two vote-getters.

Schornak finished first, claiming 1,251 votes, or 16.8 percent.

“I’m in shock,” Schornak said shortly after results were finalized. “It’s kind of like a ‘pinch me’ moment.”

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Published November 6, 2015

WARREN — Less than three hours after the polls closed on election night, Warren Mayor Jim Fouts was singing the praises of his administration at Andiamo, surrounded by his own supporters and the candidates for city office he supported himself.

Fouts, who wrapped up his 34th year of public service on Nov. 3, a stretch that also included 26 years on the Warren City Council, secured his third term of office as mayor with a landslide win over challenger Karen Spranger. The incumbent mayor won re-election to his third four-year term by a margin of 84.7 percent to 15.3 percent.

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Published November 4, 2015

CENTER LINE — Center Line voters re-elected two City Council incumbents Nov. 3, but one of them, Bob Binson, said he’d elect to decline a new four-year council term to stay on in the appointed position of mayor.

Binson, appointed in September after the passing of Mayor David Hanselman, had previously filed to run for City Council this year. He was the top vote-getter in the council election with 47.4 percent of the vote in the race for two seats, and as a result, he said he would exercise his option to remain in the appointed position as mayor.

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Published November 4, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — Mayor Barb Dempsey retained her seat in the Nov. 3 general election, defeating challengers City Commissioner Denise Mentzer and write-in candidate Gloria Haller.

Dempsey received 987 votes (53.6 percent of the vote) to claim her sixth two-year term as mayor of the county seat.

“I want to thank everybody that supported me and I’m humbled they put me back in office,” said Dempsey.

She said this year's race was a challenge as partisan politics played a large role.

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Published November 3, 2015

The new edition of the Fraser City Council will have some fresh names and faces.

Joe Nichols will serve a four-term as mayor, defeating former Councilman Paul Cilluffo 52.8 percent to 47.2 percent. Nichols garnered 1,431 votes in seven precincts, while Cilluffo finished with 1,280 votes.

“I am feeling vindicated, “Nichols said. “My feelings are that the people have spoken.”

Patrice Schornak claimed 1,251 votes, or 16.8 percent, as she topped the eight-person list of candidates vying for three four-year seats.

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Published November 3, 2015

Mayor Michael Taylor and the rest of the incumbent Sterling Heights City Council decisively defeated a challenger slate of candidates Nov. 3.
According to unofficial results posted on Sterling Heights’ website, with all 32 precincts counted, Mayor Michael Taylor earned 13,266 votes, beating the challenger, Paul Smith, who earned 3,066 votes. The mayoral term lasts two years.

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Published November 3, 2015

On Election Day, Kenson Siver came out victorious over opponent Sylvia Jordan in the race for Southfield mayor.

According to the unofficial results from the Oakland County Elections Division, Siver received the most votes, with 7,119, or 56.97 percent. Jordan  received 5,350 votes, or 42.82 percent; 12,495 votes were cast in total for mayor.

Voters were asked who they would like to see occupy four empty seats on the City Council. They said: Tawyna Morris, Donald Fracassi, Daniel Brightwell and Lloyd Crews.

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Published November 3, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Despite a warm, sunny election day, turnout was very low for the St. Clair Shores mayoral and city council election Nov. 3.

Results from the St. Clair Shores City Clerk’s office showed that Councilman Ronald Frederick received 4,801 votes, Councilman Chris Vitale received 4,712 votes, resident Peter Accica received 4,435 votes, and there were 72 invalid write-in votes.

Clerk Mary Kotowski said that no resident submitted a declaration of write-in candidacy by the Oct. 24 deadline, making any write-in candidates invalid.

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Published November 3, 2015

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — Voters said yes to two millages in the cities of Farmington and Farmington Hills Nov. 3.

An operating millage renewal proposal for the Farmington Public Schools district received more than 67 percent of the vote, while a public safety millage was overwhelmingly approved, with more than 83 percent of the vote.

FPS voters approved a 10-year, up to 13.57-mill levy on homes and up to 18 mills on businesses.

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Published November 3, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — After serving the past 12 years on the Farmington Hills City Council, including his three terms as mayor pro tem, Ken Massey has been elected mayor of Farmington Hills.

With all 23 precincts reporting, Massey received a little more than 68 percent of the vote, totaling 9,112 votes, defeating his opponent and fellow Councilman Michael Bridges, who received a little more than 31 percent, or 4,232 votes.

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Published November 3, 2015

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD HILLS — With the majority of seats open on both the Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills city commissions, voters took to the polls to decide which candidates would fill those spots.

In Birmingham, the commission will look dramatically different as soon as newcomers Patty Boardman, Pierre Boutros, Carroll DeWeese and Andrew M. Harris take their places at the commission table.

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Published November 3, 2015

FRASER — At approximately 8 a.m. on Nov. 3 at Eisenhower Elementary in Fraser, a crowd of residents walked in and out of the voting booths to exercise their democratic rights.

As some candidates for City Council campaigned at the location in the final hours, taxpayers had their own choices to make: to stick with a current council, or vote in for some new blood.

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Published October 28, 2015

SOUTHFIELD/LATHRUP VILLAGE — On Nov. 3, voters in Southfield will be asked whether they approve of amending the city’s charter to eliminate city primary elections. In Lathrup Village, voters will be asked if they want to impose term limits on the members of City Council. 

Southfield City Clerk Nancy Banks said there has been a multitude of misinformation regarding the proposed amendment, which could possibly eliminate primary elections for the city. 

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Published October 28, 2015

Voters who have their candidates of choice picked out for this upcoming Election Day are still encouraged to make sure they know where they can cast their ballots, according to Sterling Heights city officials.

Sterling Heights will run its general election — which will decide the future makeup of the Sterling Heights City Council — Nov. 3. Polls will be open between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.

With the transition to the city’s new website this year, city officials are directing people on how to reach relevant voter information through city and state websites.

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Published October 28, 2015

EASPOINTE — Mayor Pro Tem Phil Guastella participated in his last full meeting as part of the Eastpointe City Council Oct. 20, as the six-and-a-half-year veteran decided not to run for re-election in November.

Guastella spent much of that time as a councilman before being selected as mayor pro tem following the death of Bill Sweeney in 2014. In his remarks, Guastella said he was proud that the city was able to bounce back from the “brink of insolvency” during his tenure.

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Published October 26, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — The two candidates for mayor of Madison Heights made their case before a who’s who of public servants and volunteers at the annual Meet the Candidates Luncheon, held by the Madison Heights Community Round Table at the Lamphere schools Administration Office Oct. 21.

The incumbent mayor of 16 years, Ed Swanson, is challenged this year by Brian Hartwell, a former councilman of eight years and mayor pro tem of four years, who resigned earlier this year in order to run for the office of mayor.

The election is Tuesday, Nov. 3.

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Published October 26, 2015

WARREN — A controversial ruling late last year by a former city attorney unquestionably reshaped the election-year contests in two Warren City Council districts.

But the real question is, do the voters care?

We’ll know on Nov. 3, when electors in District 2 and District 3 will choose between a pair of challengers — including one who has already suspended his campaign — and incumbents who previously would have been precluded from seeking re-election after serving three four-year terms in office.

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Published October 26, 2015

WARREN — Who’d have thunk it? Warren, a city known for raucous politics, has been transformed into a strange political place where a mayoral election has gone relatively quiet.

Traditionally, with such a high-stakes job on the line, Warren’s mayoral elections have become hard-fought contests. But this time seems to be different.

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