Elections

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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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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