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Elections

Published August 4, 2016

Paul Mitchell, R-Dryden, surpassed four opponents to clinch the Republican nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives District 10 race in the Aug 2 primary with 30.6 percent of the votes.

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 3, 2016

Maybe people are saving their voting energy for the November presidential race — one that’s likely to bring out voters in droves — but the polls were relatively quiet for the Aug. 2 primary in the Grosse Pointes.

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Published August 3, 2016

Roseville voters approved a library millage during the Aug. 2 primary election, while Eastpointe voters approved a charter amendment and voted down adding the city of Wayne to the South Macomb Oakland Regional Services Authority.

Throughout the day, both cities saw a low number of voters at the polls. 

According to the Macomb County Clerk’s Office elections website, 13.1 percent of registered voters cast their ballots in Roseville.

When asked about the library millage proposal, Roseville City Clerk Richard M. Steenland hopeful residents would pass it.

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Published August 3, 2016

GROSSE POINTE PARK — In November, Grosse Pointe Park will be asking residents for a special millage to retain public safety services at their current level.

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Published August 3, 2016

Low numbers of voters in Shelby Township made it to the polls in the primary election Tuesday, Aug. 2. Clerk Stanley Grot said more residents sent in absentee ballots than came to the polls.

Voters opted to retain several Republican incumbents: Supervisor Rick Stathakis, Clerk Stanley Grot and Treasurer Michael Flynn. Grot ran unopposed. There are no challengers to them on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.

But on that same ballot, five candidates likely will run for four trustee positions.

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Published August 3, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Nearly three-quarters of Macomb County voters pledged to support veterans with their pocketbooks Aug. 2 with the passage of an increased millage to support the Macomb County Department of Veterans Affairs and the Macomb County Veterans Affairs Commission.

The proposal, approved by 73.7 percent of Macomb County voters, will increase the 0.04 mill the county levies to pay for financial aid and services for county veterans and the administration of its two veteran departments to 0.069 mill for 2017 and 2018, and renew the higher millage for 2019-2022.

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Published August 3, 2016

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MACOMB COUNTY — Fred Miller may succeed longtime Macomb County Clerk Carmella Sabaugh, following “a model campaign” battle between two well-known political names on the Democratic side.

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Published August 3, 2016

The voters have spoken, and it is apparent they prioritize their local public library.

Utica residents voted 74.4 percent to 25.6 percent — or 462 to 159 — in favor of increasing the library millage by up to 0.4 mills for a period of 10 years, for a total of 1.2418 mills ($1.24 per $1,000 of taxable value) to be levied in July 2017. That first levy was estimated to collect $72,255.50.

Utica Clerk Beth Ricketts said the election was slow and turnout was low, but those conditions seemed to be the norm for primary elections.

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Published August 3, 2016

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HAZEL PARK/EASTPOINTE — Voters in Hazel Park approved the city of Wayne joining the South Macomb Oakland Regional Services Authority during the election Aug. 2, but voters in Eastpointe and Wayne rejected the measure.

In order for Wayne to join SMORSA, all three cities would’ve had to approve. Residents in Hazel Park and Eastpointe didn’t stand to gain or lose anything — their taxes would remain the same either way.

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Published August 3, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Tri-county residents showed their overwhelming support for the Detroit Zoo at the polls Aug. 2, as they approved a renewal millage from 2018 through 2027.

The zoological authority 0.1-mill renewal millage in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties will cost a homeowner whose home is worth $200,000 about $10 a year and go into effect in 2018 after the current millage expires. It will be used to fund maintenance and operations at the Detroit Zoo. 

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Published August 3, 2016

Ferndale voters agreed to pass two millages Aug. 2: one for the Ferndale Area District Library, and one for the school district.

With all nine precincts reporting, 65 percent of 3,600 voters said yes to the library millage. There were 2,340 votes for the millage and 1,260 votes against the millage.

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Published August 3, 2016

The Aug. 2 primary ballot included a battle of unknowns to be the Republican nomination in the 27th District for the Michigan House of Representatives.

Kyle Forrest defeated Stefan Graziano by 16 points to become the party’s nominee. He captured 57.77 percent of the vote, garnering 1,275 votes of the 2,207 cast. Graziano received 922 votes, amounting to 41.78 percent of the vote.

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Published August 2, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS/TROY/BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP/AUBURN HILLS — Voters passed two Avondale Schools millage proposals when they cast their ballots Aug. 2, according to unofficial results from the Oakland County Elections Division.

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Published August 2, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — When asked for another 10 years of funding for neighborhood road repairs and maintaining the city’s fleet of vehicles for public works and emergency responders, Madison Heights voters overwhelmingly said yes.

During the election Aug. 2, Proposal R passed by 76.57 percent (2,189 votes) and was opposed by 23.43 percent (670 votes), while Proposal V passed by 77.8 percent (2,233 votes) and was opposed by 22.2 percent (637 votes). Proposal R supports neighborhood roads, while Proposal V supports the vehicle fleet.

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Published August 2, 2016

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During the primary election Aug. 2, David J. Harrell dominated the Republican contest for Oakland County Commissioner in the 20th district, taking 74.13 percent (1,338 votes). His opponent, J. Karl Jackson, took 25.43 percent (459 votes). There were eight write-in votes, comprising 0.44 percent.

In the Democrat contest for the same race, incumbent Gary McGillivray, of Madison Heights, was unopposed and took 99.55 percent (3,079 votes). There were 14 write-in votes, or 0.45 percent.

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Published August 2, 2016

West Bloomfield voters took to the polls Aug. 2 to cast their votes for the township Board of Trustees races.

With a margin of only 62 votes — according to the Oakland County Election Division’s unofficial results — residentes selected Debbie Binder as the Democratic nominee for township clerk, eliminating incumbent Cathy Shaughnessy. There were no Republican candidates running for the respective party nomination.

In the race for township supervisor, Steven Kaplan swept the Democratic nomination 67.15 percent to 32.76 percent.

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Published August 2, 2016

West Bloomfield residents approved the renewal of the West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission’s existing millage 79.14 percent to 20.86 percent Aug. 2.
With the proposal passing, West Bloomfield will be authorized to continue levying up to 0.3892 mill for a 10-year period. For a home with a taxable value of $100,000, it will cost the homeowner $38.92 per year.

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Published August 2, 2016

By a vote of more than two-to-one, St. Clair Shores voters approved a new 5 mill ballot proposal to pay for police and fire services in the city from 2017-2020.

With 22 percent voter turnout, 7,046 voters approved the police and fire millage, which will replace the current 2-mill levy beginning July 1, 2017, while 3,041 voters voted no for the measure.

Thomas Creagh, of St. Clair Shores, said he made sure to hit the polls at Lake Shore High School to vote for the zoo and the St. Clair Shores police and fire millages.

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Published August 2, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — In the latter part of the morning Aug. 2, Rainbow Elementary in Clinton Township was experiencing a light voter turnout on primary day.

Polls opened at 7 a.m. and were slated to close at 8 p.m. Clinton Township residents were voting for local county commissioner races, Board of Trustees candidates and some ballot proposals.

Poll officials said turnout is often minimal during primary elections, with one pollster stating that things were “slower than normal” Aug. 2.

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Published July 27, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Two weeks ahead of the August election, about 30 people showed up to hear “straight talk” from the city manager about the new police and fire millage being put before voters.

Since 2004, voters have approved a 2-mill police and fire millage to help pay for the departments’ operations. Those millages have included staffing guarantees for each department: at least 90 personnel for the Police Department and at least 50 for the Fire Department. 

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