Elections

Published September 27, 2017

PLEASANT RIDGE — Before residents head to the polls in November, they’ll have a chance to bone up on information regarding a police pension millage that is on the ballot.

The city will be holding an informational meeting on the millage at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the Pleasant Ridge Community Center, 4 Ridge Road.

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Published September 26, 2017

ROCHESTER — Six candidates will compete for four seats on the Rochester City Council Nov. 7.

Four members of the City Council are elected during a general municipal election in November of every odd year. The three candidates receiving the highest number of votes each serve four-year terms, and the candidate receiving the fourth-highest number of votes serves a two-year term.

Mayor Cathy Daldin and council members Stuart Bikson, Jeffrey Cuthbertson and Ann Peterson are all up for re-election. Daldin and Cuthbertson are serving their final terms.

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Published September 26, 2017

FARMINGTON — Parking issues, the Maxfield Training Center redevelopment, and the future of the city of Farmington were all discussed, among other issues, during a League of Women Voters-Oakland Area candidate forum for the candidates for City Council Sept. 19 at Farmington City Hall.

The candidates are: incumbent Greg Cowley, incumbent Jeff Scott, Mayor Bill Galvin, challenger Joe LaRussa and challenger Maria Taylor. The highest two vote-getters will receive four-year terms, and the third-highest vote-getter will receive a two-year term.

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Published September 26, 2017

CENTER LINE/WARREN — Updated ballot scanners will be ready ahead of November’s city election in Center Line and school district elections in Warren.

“It was planned. We’ve been talking about this probably as long as I can remember, since my arrival,” Center Line City Manager and City Clerk Dennis Champine said. “We weren’t really sure when it was going to happen until earlier this year. Probably a month ago, we knew for sure that we would have them for the November election.”

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Published September 19, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — This November, residents in two St. Clair Shores precincts will head to new voting locations to cast their ballots.

City Council approved a request from City Clerk Mary Kotowski Sept. 5 to move Precinct 6 and Precinct 13 to new locations, as well as to move the Absentee Voter Counting Board.

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Published September 13, 2017

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — The Nov. 7 general election has Eastpointe and Roseville city officials recruiting more election inspectors, who will work with new election equipment this year.

The city of Eastpointe explained in a press release Sept. 1 the experience that inspectors need.

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Published September 11, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Shelby Township will be getting new election equipment, including 32 high-speed tabulators and 19 voting booths, by state mandate for a total cost to the township of $59,287.

Clerk Stan Grot said he budgeted approximately $300,000 in the township’s capital improvement plan for the new equipment, but was able to obtain a federal grant to save the township approximately $200,000.

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Published August 29, 2017

HAZEL PARK — When Jan Parisi resigned as mayor of Hazel Park in late 2016 due to health- and family-related reasons, Jeffrey Keeton, the former mayor pro tem, took over.

The City Council then appointed Bethany Holland to fill Keeton’s vacancy.

Now Holland is running for another term on the City Council this November. She’s been a resident of Hazel Park for 10 years, and in that time she’s put in thousands of hours of volunteer work.

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Published August 29, 2017

HAZEL PARK — Hazel Park City Councilman Andy LeCureaux moved to the city of Hazel Park in 1994, when he was a divorced father looking for an affordable, centrally located home for him and his daughter.

“One thing that was so attractive about our home on Tawas was its location,” LeCureaux said. “We could walk or ride bikes to Country Boy (Restaurant) for breakfast or play at Tuski Park. The library, post office, City Hall and grocery store are also a short distance away.

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Published August 28, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Macomb Township is getting a new voting system that will speed up the voting process, and received help from a grant to help cover the expenses.

The township Board of Trustees approved using $226,226 from the Help America Vote Act grant and using $129,451.33 of budgeted township funds to pay for the new township-wide system. The township’s portion was approved in the 2017 budget under capital improvements in the amount of $287,500.

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Published August 22, 2017

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Thanks to a $2.2 million Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant, Stony Creek Ravine Nature Park will be expanded, adding trails and a park entry.

“It will provide for a trail network and greatly gain visibility by having an entry on Snell Road,” Oakland Township Parks and Recreation Director Mindy Milos-Dale said. “There are wetlands and uplands we will be protecting.”

The currently 60-acre Stony Creek Ravine Nature Park will be expanded by an additional 209 acres with the grant funds and a local match.

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Published August 22, 2017

HAZEL PARK — Alissa Sullivan describes herself as a tireless volunteer who feels she could make a difference on the Hazel Park City Council.

“I have a long history of volunteering for ample causes and programs,” Sullivan said.

“Public service is a fundamental part of my life. I want to seize every opportunity to learn and to better represent every voice in our community. I want to be an educated advocate for the city and for all of my neighbors.” 

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Published August 22, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — Aaron Flanigan has been a resident of Madison Heights since moving in with his wife (then girlfriend) in 2010. He says that since moving to town, he’s really come to appreciate the kind of people who live there.

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Published August 18, 2017

CENTER LINE — Six days after Center Line voters made their selections for City Council in the primary election, candidate Jane Lapham, who missed the cut by just two votes, officially filed a recount request with Macomb County election officials.

Lapham finished fifth in a race that featured six candidates. The top four finishers are set to contend in the November election for two four-year seats.

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Published August 15, 2017

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Election workers weren’t exactly hearing crickets during the primary Aug. 8, but the election was an unusually quiet one for a community where voters generally turn out in good numbers.

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Published August 15, 2017

HAZEL PARK — A resident of Hazel Park for 22 years, Charles Gladue has long had an interest in the community. Currently, he’s serving on the city’s Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals and Tax Review Board. He’s also passionate about the city’s past, serving as vice chair of the Hazel Park Historical Commission and Museum.

With seats opening up on the City Council, he’s now campaigning for office so that he can be more directly involved in the city’s future.

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Published August 15, 2017

HAZEL PARK — Amy Aubry has owned a home in Hazel Park since July 2011. She said she chose the city for several reasons: It is close to her job and her friends, it has a fenced-in backyard for her dogs, and the price was right.

“However, the most important reason was that Hazel Park was a small, close-knit community like my hometown (of Clawson),” Aubry said. “I’ve stayed because my intuition was correct: I’m surrounded by a caring community with great neighbors.”

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Published August 11, 2017

CENTER LINE — The field is set for November’s City Council and mayoral races in Center Line, while some candidates said the campaign season had already turned “strange”  or “bizarre,” with some “irregularities.”

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Published August 9, 2017

Only 15.5 percent of registered St. Clair Shores voters turned out to cast their ballot to eliminate one resident from the running for three city council seats Aug. 8.

Robert Muha, with 851 votes, received the least amount of votes, with 4.3 percent of the total votes cast, and was eliminated from the race. The top three vote-getters were incumbent City Council members Candice Rusie, Peter Rubino and John Caron. Residents Erin Stahl, Jim Lewis and Scott Dodich will also advance to the November general election.

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Published August 9, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Residents will see a new voting system in place when they head to the polls this November after City Council approved the use of a grant and additional money to purchase a new voting system.

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