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Elections

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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Published August 9, 2016

Less than 17 percent of registered voters in Troy cast ballots in the Aug. 2 primary election.

“Voter turnout was very low,” said Troy City Clerk Aileen Dickson. “A lot of the races were uncontested.”

Dickson said she felt the Detroit Zoo millage proposal — which 74.43 percent of Oakland County voters approved, according to unofficial results, and was approved overall — did bring voters out. In Troy, 78.25 percent of voters approved the zoo millage proposal.

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Published August 9, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Leon Drolet has unseated incumbent Joe Sabatini as the lead Republican candidate for the 13th District Macomb County Board of Commissioners seat in this November’s general election.

Drolet claimed 46.6 percent of the vote in the five-person primary election Aug. 2. Sabatini finished second with 28.5 percent.

“The message I sent to voters was if you’re looking for somebody who lives, eats and breathes limited government and limiting the scope of government, then I’m your guy,” Drolet said.

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Published August 9, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Jeff Yaroch will be the Republican candidate in the general election this November for the 33rd District of the state House of Representatives.

Yaroch was the top vote-getter in a six-person Republican primary election Aug. 2. He claimed 38.4 percent of the vote, compared to 25.9 percent for Colleen Carl and 18.1 percent for Mel Koch.

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Published August 9, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — After a contentious campaign season, Macomb Township Supervisor Janet Dunn will retain her post after ousting Republican challenger Mark Grabow in a primary election Aug. 2.

Dunn collected 60.5 percent of the vote, compared to 39.5 percent for Grabow.

“I’m very relieved that it’s over and now we can get back to the business of the township,” Dunn said.

Barring a massive write-in campaign for the general election, Dunn will now run unopposed for the supervisor position with no opposition from a Democrat.

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Published August 8, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Voters showed up at the polls Aug. 2 with strong support for two local proposals on the ballot.

According to unofficial election results, Proposal A passed with 88 percent of the vote, and Proposal B passed with 74 percent of the vote.

The passing of Proposal A authorized city officials to renew the solid waste and recycling millage levy for a period not to exceed five years, up to 1 mill, to defray the costs of refuse collection, disposal and curbside recycling.

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Published August 4, 2016

WAYNE COUNTY — The field for state representative in District 1 has been narrowed to two.

During the primary election Aug. 2, voters put their confidence in two candidates who will go up against each other to win the open seat in the general election Nov. 8. 

At the polls last Tuesday, incumbent state Rep. Brian R. Banks won the Democratic Party primary, while William Broman, who ran unopposed, secured the Republican nomination.

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Published August 4, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Steve Marino cruised to victory Aug. 2 in the Republican primary for the 24th District seat in the Michigan House of Representatives.

Marino claimed 79.6 percent of the vote in the three-person primary, which also featured Daryl Smith and Arzo Smith.

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