Elections

Published March 4, 2016

WARREN —  If the voters like what Mayor Jim Fouts is doing and if they find value in the work being done with tax money generated through two special millages, they may get an opportunity to show it when they head to the polls in August. 

Most of the members of the Warren City Council met for a special meeting on March 1, where they collectively approved a series of requests that could give residents the right to vote on three separate ballot questions this summer. 

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Published March 4, 2016

WARREN — Presidential hopeful Donald Trump laid it out on the line during a campaign rally March 4 inside the Macomb Community College Sports and Expo Center in Warren. 

One issue the Republican candidate addressed to an enthusiastic crowd of about 4,000 supporters was Michigan’s auto industry. He also touched on his personal disdain for how the United States does business with China and Mexico. 

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Published March 3, 2016

Hundreds showed up to cheer on Florida Sen. Marco Rubio at the Palazzo Grande March 2, the day after he won one out of 11 Super Tuesday contests.

Rubio took the stage a half hour late to the tune of AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck,” saying his team was not used to Michigan roads and he would keep his message brief because he was losing his voice and wished to save it for the GOP debate scheduled the next day.

The delay did not deter the crowd. They interrupted him several times to chant his first name.

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Published March 1, 2016

WARREN — Two weeks after Derek Miller left the Michigan House of Representatives to become the new Macomb County treasurer, Gov. Rick Snyder announced a special election to fill the ensuing vacancy in the Legislature.

If that sounds simple and straightforward, it isn’t.

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Published February 16, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Voters headed to the polls March 8 will have the chance to choose their preferred candidates in the Republican and Democratic parties’ presidential primaries, but Roseville residents also have a millage renewal to consider.

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Published January 27, 2016

C&G Newspapers

MOUNT CLEMENS — A group from the Macomb County Veteran Services Department presented information to the Macomb County Board of Commissioners Jan. 20 to show why it is seeking a millage increase proposal in this year’s election cycle.

According to a presentation given by Veteran Services Director Laura Rios, the department is eyeing a negative fund balance before the millage’s next renewal in 2018.

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Published January 11, 2016

HARPER WOODS — Taxpayers will be asked to support the Harper Woods Public Library with a millage renewal that will come to the polls this November.

At the Jan. 4 City Council meeting, the council voted unanimously on a resolution to place the millage renewal on the ballot during the Nov. 8 election.

The millage renewal is not a new tax. It is a renewal of the library millage that voters approved in 2010, which expires in 2017.

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Published January 6, 2016

C&G Newspapers

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/HARRISON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP — L’Anse Creuse Public Schools will be asking voters to renew a decades-old nonhomestead millage during the presidential primary in March.

According to Superintendent Jackie Johnston, the millage will not raise the taxes for the average homeowner. Locally, the non-homestead millage is an existing 18 mills levy on second homes, including vacation homes and rental homes, as well as on commercial and agricultural property.

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Published January 6, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — In March, voters will be asked to support a two-year millage increase of 1.083 mills that will provide taxpayer support for police, fire and general operations within Harrison Township.

The 8.20 millage rate ($8.20 per $1,000 of taxable value) funds the operation of the Harrison Township Fire Department, the Macomb County Sheriff’s contract and the general operating procedures in the township.

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Published December 2, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — It was standing room only in the council chambers as the city of Southfield welcomed its newly elected officials in an inauguration ceremony recently.

People spilled out into the lobby of City Hall to watch the ceremony on TV monitors Nov. 16.

WRCJ radio personality David Wagner hosted the ceremony, which included oaths of office, remarks from each newly elected official, and the election of council president from among the council members.

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Published November 18, 2015

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LANSING — During the Nov. 3 election that included races for many city, village and township decision-makers’ seats in Oakland and Macomb counties, only about 20 percent of registered voters cast their ballots across both counties, according to the respective county clerks’ offices.

Hoping to get a better turnout at the polls on election days, state Rep. Robert Wittenberg, D-Oak Park, introduced a resolution Nov. 3 that asks the U.S. Congress to make Election Day a national holiday. Such a move would give voters the day off from work and school.

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Published November 12, 2015

HARPER WOODS — Kenneth Poynter will serve another two years as Harper Woods mayor.

Poynter ran unopposed for the position in the general election held Nov. 3. According to the Wayne County Clerk’s Office, he received 1,497 votes at the polls.

Also on Election Day, incumbent Cheryl Costantino was re-elected to the City Council with 1,372 votes. Newcomer Tom Jenny received 1,146 votes, according to the Wayne County Clerk’s Office.

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Published November 10, 2015

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Only about two dozen votes separated Grosse Pointe Shores City Council contenders from the winners on Election Day.

Five candidates were vying for three four-year terms on the council, with Shores City Councilman Robert Gesell the only council incumbent; City Council members Kay Felt and Daniel Schulte didn’t seek re-election.

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Published November 9, 2015

FRASER — Joe Nichols seemingly came out of nowhere to run against City Councilman Paul Cilluffo for mayor.

But the voices of nearly 3,000 residents on Nov. 3 cemented a new era in Fraser politics, as Nichols defeated Cilluffo 52.8 percent to 47.2 percent to succeed Doug Hagerty. The final count was 1,431 votes to 1,280.

Nichols, who later said he knocked on 75 doors on the eve of Election Day, said his campaign consisted of listening to residents and what they desired to move the city forward.

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Published November 9, 2015

FRASER — The residents of Fraser voted for change in 2015.

In a crowded eight-person field vying for three four-year spots on Fraser City Council, newcomers Patrice Schornak and Yvette Foster were the top two vote-getters.

Schornak finished first, claiming 1,251 votes, or 16.8 percent.

“I’m in shock,” Schornak said shortly after results were finalized. “It’s kind of like a ‘pinch me’ moment.”

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Published November 6, 2015

WARREN — Less than three hours after the polls closed on election night, Warren Mayor Jim Fouts was singing the praises of his administration at Andiamo, surrounded by his own supporters and the candidates for city office he supported himself.

Fouts, who wrapped up his 34th year of public service on Nov. 3, a stretch that also included 26 years on the Warren City Council, secured his third term of office as mayor with a landslide win over challenger Karen Spranger. The incumbent mayor won re-election to his third four-year term by a margin of 84.7 percent to 15.3 percent.

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Published November 4, 2015

CENTER LINE — Center Line voters re-elected two City Council incumbents Nov. 3, but one of them, Bob Binson, said he’d elect to decline a new four-year council term to stay on in the appointed position of mayor.

Binson, appointed in September after the passing of Mayor David Hanselman, had previously filed to run for City Council this year. He was the top vote-getter in the council election with 47.4 percent of the vote in the race for two seats, and as a result, he said he would exercise his option to remain in the appointed position as mayor.

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Published November 4, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — Mayor Barb Dempsey retained her seat in the Nov. 3 general election, defeating challengers City Commissioner Denise Mentzer and write-in candidate Gloria Haller.

Dempsey received 987 votes (53.6 percent of the vote) to claim her sixth two-year term as mayor of the county seat.

“I want to thank everybody that supported me and I’m humbled they put me back in office,” said Dempsey.

She said this year's race was a challenge as partisan politics played a large role.

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Published November 3, 2015

The new edition of the Fraser City Council will have some fresh names and faces.

Joe Nichols will serve a four-term as mayor, defeating former Councilman Paul Cilluffo 52.8 percent to 47.2 percent. Nichols garnered 1,431 votes in seven precincts, while Cilluffo finished with 1,280 votes.

“I am feeling vindicated, “Nichols said. “My feelings are that the people have spoken.”

Patrice Schornak claimed 1,251 votes, or 16.8 percent, as she topped the eight-person list of candidates vying for three four-year seats.

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Published November 3, 2015

Mayor Michael Taylor and the rest of the incumbent Sterling Heights City Council decisively defeated a challenger slate of candidates Nov. 3.
According to unofficial results posted on Sterling Heights’ website, with all 32 precincts counted, Mayor Michael Taylor earned 13,266 votes, beating the challenger, Paul Smith, who earned 3,066 votes. The mayoral term lasts two years.

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