Elections

Published October 26, 2016

In the Journal’s coverage area, voters will decide on national, state, county and local races and issues Nov. 8.

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Published October 25, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Voters at the polls Nov. 8 will be asked whether or not they support a millage restoration proposal benefiting Royal Oak Schools.

If voters follow through to the last item on the second side of the general election ballot, they will see the proposal asking them to restore an 18-mill operating levy on non- homestead properties previously authorized and levied.

School officials said that since 1994, voters in Royal Oak have supported the nonhomestead millage renewal. It was last approved in 2013 with more than 70 percent in favor.

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Published October 25, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Clinton Township Board of Trustees wasted little time in dealing with the aftermath of an FBI investigation into one of its own members.

At the board’s routine meeting Oct. 17, six board members — Supervisor Bob Cannon, Treasurer Bill Sowerby, Clerk Kim Meltzer and Trustees Ken Pearl, Jenifer “Joie” West and Paul Gieleghem — unanimously voted to remove Trustee Dean Reynolds from all committees, subcommittees and assignments.

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Published October 22, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — For the first time since the 10-year library millage passed in 2014, voters in Harrison Township will be electing a library board come Nov. 8.

The six-member board will be responsible for the oversight and general direction of the library, said Harrison Township Public Library Director Dan Hutchins.

The library board will also have authority over the library’s budget and will be responsible for appointing a library director, who runs the day-to-day operations of the library with oversight from the board.

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Published October 21, 2016

DETROIT/WARREN — Charles Busse, an attorney once cleared of public corruption charges while he served as president of the Warren City Council, is back in hot water with the federal government.

In an indictment unsealed on Oct. 20, Busse, 58, now a resident of Birmingham, was charged with bribery, conspiracy to defraud the United States and criminal tax evasion as part of an alleged scheme to obtain deferrals of deportation and other fraudulent immigration benefits for numerous clients.

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Published October 20, 2016

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MACOMB COUNTY — The Macomb County Ethics Board found Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Anthony Marrocco to be in violation of the county’s ethics ordinance for use of a county facility for the purpose of campaigning.

Board of Commissioners candidate Leon Drolet, R-Macomb Township, filed the complaint with the Ethics Board. He and Macomb County Deputy Executive Mark Deldin each spoke during an Oct. 19 Ethics Board meeting to voice their concerns about Marrocco’s actions.

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Published October 19, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — As the General Election looms closer and a number of Clinton Township seats are up for grabs, residents recently had the opportunity to ask for and listen to candidates’ responses on several topics.

On Oct. 4, courtesy of the nonprofit and nonpartisan League of Women Voters of Grosse Pointe, candidates running for supervisor, clerk, treasurer and trustee were given equal opportunity to speak to residents in person and via local cable access.

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Published October 19, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — Birmingham voters will be casting their ballots Tuesday, Nov. 8, on one of the community’s most important segments: its schools.

The measure in question is the possible renewal of a millage that provides a significant amount of the funding for the Birmingham  Public Schools district.

The current millage, which is virtually identical to the one the public is being asked to vote on this November, expires in December. If approved, the renewal will last for five years and will expire in 2021.

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Published October 19, 2016

WARREN — While so much focus has been on the upcoming presidential race for the general election Nov. 8, residents will also vote in local races, including school board.

In Fitzgerald Public Schools, however, there are not enough candidates. Incumbent Lori Eseman-Dreyer is the only candidate running for the two open six-year seats. Longtime board member Hilary Kutella has decided not to run again.

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Published October 18, 2016

With the general election just a few weeks away, local clerks are warning voters about long lines at the polls and encouraging absentee voting for those who qualify.

“If they qualify, I think Nov. 8 there are going to be lines because it’s every eight years that we get huge lines at the polls,” said St. Clair Shores City Clerk Mary Kotowski. “It’s not that I don’t have enough equipment — it’s just more people.

“This is the election where people come out who don’t normally vote.”

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Published October 17, 2016

HARPER WOODS — On Tuesday, Nov. 8, Harper Woods residents will head to the polls to vote on a variety of issues. Among them is the race for the Harper Woods Public Schools Board of Education.

Six candidates are running for three four-year terms on the board. The candidates spoke with C & G Newspapers.

Ginny Foster comes into the race with a master’s degree in science and business management. She has two children in the district and said she is driven by a passion to improve the district.

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Published October 12, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Oakland County Commissioner and resident Dave Woodward gathered Proposal A supporters late last month to kick off an informational campaign supporting the public safety renewal millage.

Woodward formed the committee, Keep Royal Oak Safe, with the help of residents and local first responders. The group gathered Sept. 26 in front of the Royal Oak fire station on Sixth Street.

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Published October 5, 2016

HARPER WOODS — November is quickly approaching and that means Election Day, Nov. 8, is on the horizon. Among the candidates and issues that Harper Woods residents will get to weigh in on will be a millage renewal for the Harper Woods Public Library.

B. Kristen Valyi-Hax, the director of the Harper Woods library, wants to ensure that voters know this proposal would be a continuation of a previous measure, not a new measure or an increase.

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Published October 5, 2016

ORCHARD LAKE — Orchard Lake voters will decide the fate of three charter amendments in the Nov. 8 election. 

Currently, Chapter 6, Section 6.6 (D) of Orchard Lake’s city charter prohibits standing committees of the council. The first proposal placed on the ballot would permit standing committees — such as personnel or finance committees — and the committee members would be selected by the City Council. Committee meetings would be open to the public. 

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Published September 28, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Township residents will decide two local ballot questions in November.

A police millage is up for renewal, along with a safety path millage; the safety path millage renewal represents a slight reduction.

The Oakland Township Board of Trustees approved language for both ballot questions Sept. 13.

Oakland Township voters will be asked whether they approve renewing a police millage for a six-year continuation of 1.6998 mills to provide for equipment, operating costs, personnel costs and more.

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Published September 26, 2016

BERKLEY — The Regional Transit Authority has been making the rounds around the local counties to spread information about the upcoming vote in November on its public transit millage.

Recently, RTA Planning and Financial Analysis Manager Ben Stupka came before the Berkley City Council at its Sept. 19 meeting to present to the council and residents information about the RTA’s master plan.

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Published September 6, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — After failing to advance to the general election as the Republican candidate for township supervisor, Mark Grabow has announced that he will run a write-in campaign in an attempt to secure the supervisor post this November.

In the Republican primary election Aug. 2, incumbent Supervisor Janet Dunn defeated Grabow with 60.5 percent of the vote.

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Published August 31, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Aug. 16, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees voted unanimously to place the question of a millage renewal to support the operation of the Fire Department on the Nov. 8 ballot.

The 20-year millage was last approved in 1996 and will expire at the end of 2017. The question is whether or not to renew the existing fire millage of up to 3.75 mills for 2018-2037.

“This is not a tax increase,” Supervisor Rick Stathakis said. “It is a continuation of what we have now.”

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Published August 31, 2016

WARREN — The race for the 28th District state House seat has come down to just two names. Well, maybe three.

On the Democratic side, incumbent Warren City Councilman Pat Green is set to appear on the ballot in his first bid for statewide office after a 20-point win in the primary over a field of three other candidates. Green, of Warren, garnered 50.3 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary election on Aug. 2, followed by Lori Stone (30.7 percent), Mike Westphal (13.8 percent) and Paul M. Kardasz (5.2 percent).

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Published August 17, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — After not facing any competition in the Democratic primary for the 33rd District state House seat, Yani Warda is moving on to the general election this November.

Warda, 28, of Macomb Township, is the owner of a commercial cleaning service that has been family-owned since 1996, and he also works for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in its human resources division.

Warda attended Macomb Community College to study fire science and law enforcement, and he is continuing his education in emergency management at Madonna University.

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