Elections

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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Published July 27, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Interim Township Clerk Ed Carey hasn’t had much time to settle into his new role within Macomb Township before preparing for a busy election season.

Carey was appointed by the Board of Trustees June 22 to become the interim clerk following the retirement of Michael Koehs in early June. Carey picked Mickey Todd to be his deputy clerk.

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Published July 27, 2016

WARREN — Warren’s police and fire leaders say the city’s public safety millage has been an investment well worth making.

Voters will get a chance to renew the tax for five more years when they head to the ballot box on Aug. 2.

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Published July 27, 2016

WARREN — Should Warren mayors be able to serve five four-year terms instead of three? That’s one of the questions set to go before Warren voters on Aug. 2.

If approved, Mayor Jim Fouts would instantly become eligible for re-election two more times, beginning in 2019 when his third term expires.

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Published July 26, 2016

ROSEVILLE/EASTPOINTE — Roseville residents will determine if they are in favor of a library millage proposal on the Aug. 2 ballot, while Eastpointe residents will decide whether they support a proposed amendment to the city charter and whether the city of Wayne can join the South Macomb Oakland Regional Services Authority.

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Published July 20, 2016

In the Eastsider’s coverage area Aug. 2, voters will decide which candidates will move on to the November general election, and whether or not to approve a county veterans millage and Detroit Zoo millage renewal. Eastpointe voters will decide whether or not they support a proposed charter amendment and a proposal to let the city of Wayne join the South Macomb Oakland Regional Services Authority. Roseville voters will decide whether or not they support a library millage proposal.

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Published July 20, 2016

In the Madison-Park News’ coverage area, voters will decide the race for Oakland County Commissioner District 20 on Aug. 2, as well as whether the Hazel Park District Library gets an extra half-mill, and whether the city of Madison Heights can renew its vehicle and roads millages. The operating millage for the Madison school district is also up for renewal.

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Published July 20, 2016

In the Aug. 2 primary election, voters in Troy will consider candidates vying to serve as U.S. and state representatives, as well as county commissioners and other county offices. 

Questionnaires were only sent to contested parties. Unopposed candidates will simply be listed by name, with further coverage closer to the Nov. 8 general election.

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Published July 20, 2016

Readers in the Sun’s coverage area will head to the polls Aug. 2 to vote for candidates in the primary election. Following are profiles of the candidates who are running in contested races.

Candidates were asked, in 150 words or fewer, to state the top items they wish to accomplish if elected and how they would go about accomplishing them. If a candidate went over the word limit, ( … ) replaces the rest of their answer. (I) indicates that the candidate is an incumbent. The answers are printed verbatim.

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Published July 20, 2016

In the Woodward Talk’s coverage area, voters Aug. 2 will choose the county, state and federal candidates who will square off in November. Residents of the Ferndale Public Schools district have a sinking fund millage proposal to consider, and the Ferndale Area District Library also has a millage proposal on the ballot. All Oakland County voters will be voting on a zoo millage renewal.

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Published July 20, 2016

FERNDALE — The Aug. 2 primary election will feature several issues on the ballot for the city of Ferndale, with a big one concerning the Ferndale Public Schools.

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Published July 20, 2016

In the Shelby-Utica News’ coverage area, voters will choose Shelby Township officials and vote on a millage increase for the Utica Public Library Aug. 2.

Voters also will establish general election candidates at the county, state and federal levels in the Aug. 2 primary election. Questionnaires were sent only to contested parties. Unopposed candidates are simply listed by name, with further coverage to come closer to the Nov. 8 general election.

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