Farmington, Hills voters choose Clinton at the polls

By: Sherri Kolade | Farmington Press | Published November 14, 2016

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FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — Voters in the Farmington and Farmington Hills communities took to the polls Nov. 8 to vote for their top candidates, which included presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and, locally, incumbent state House District 37 Rep. Christine Greig, D-Farmington Hills. The district covers Farmington and Farmington Hills. 

“Farmington primarily voted (for) Hillary,” Farmington City Clerk Sue Halberstadt said, adding that a lot of other Democratic offices won through a straight-party ticket.

Greig squared off against Republican Mitch Swoboda and Libertarian James K. Young.

Greig received 29,180 votes, or 60.53 percent, out of 33 precincts reporting, according to unofficial results from the Oakland County Clerk’s Office. Swoboda received 17,209 votes, or 35.70 percent, and Young received 1,742 votes, or 3.61 percent. A write-in candidate received 80 votes, or 0.17 percent.

Voters also selected three Farmington Public Schools Board of Education trustees, out of 10 candidates, for six-year terms. 

The new trustees are incumbent Terri Ann Weems, who received 13,851 votes, or 18.22 percent; Angie Smith, who received 10,432 votes, or 13.72 percent; and James Stark, who received 9,142 votes, or 12.03 percent. 

Remaining candidates Donald David received 5,929 votes, or 7.80 percent; Clark Doughty received 7,497 votes, or 9.86 percent; Bruce P. Lilley received 5,568 votes, or 7.32 percent. William J. Lubaway received 4,487 votes, or 5.90 percent; Tammy Luty received 8,438 votes, or 11.10 percent; Ed Richardson received 5,366 votes, or 7.06 percent; and Tera Shamey received 4,844 votes, or 6.37 percent. A write-in candidate received 466 votes, or 0.61 percent. 

Residents, 46,441 of them, also selected two FPS Board of Education trustees — from among three  candidates — for partial terms ending Dec. 31, 2018. The newly selected FPS trustees are incumbent David N. Turner, who received 18,805 votes, or  40.49 percent, and Mark Przeslawski, who received 14,121 votes, or 30.41 percent. Runner-up Fritz Beiermeister received 13,152 votes, or 28.32 percent. Three hundred and sixty-three voters, or 0.78 percent, selected a  write-in candidate.

Incumbent Oakland County Commissioner Janet Jackson won her bid with 23,939 votes, or 82.01 percent, beating out Richard A. Van Camp, who received 5,084 votes, or 17.42 percent. 

Voters reselected incumbent Bill Dwyer as the Oakland County commissioner for the 14th District. He received 16,759 votes, or 52.39 percent, beating out William Miller III, who received 15,110 votes, or 47.24 percent. 

The county executive race ended with incumbent L. Brooks Patterson in front with 340,487 votes, or 53.50 percent, to runner-up Vicki Barnett’s 293,227 votes, or 46.08 percent. There were about 2,673 write-in votes, or 0.42 percent.

The new Oakland County clerk/register of deeds is incumbent Lisa Brown, who received 331,839 votes, or 54.26 percent, beating out Bill Bullard Jr., who received 277,730 votes, or 45.41 percent. Nearly 2,000 people voted for write-in candidates.

Halberstadt said that the city saw a high turnout, with 74 percent of voters, or 5,707 residents, heading to the polls; voter turnout during the 2012 presidential election was at 76 percent. There are 7,678 registered voters in the city.

“So very close,” Halberstadt said, comparing both presidential election turnouts. “Farmington usually does turn out for elections. (It’s a) good thing.”

Halberstadt added that the City Clerk’s Office was able to streamline the voting process through a new greeting app, Qualified Voter File Greeting Application, that helped poll workers make sure residents waiting in line to vote were registered (some were not) and in the right precinct. The app saved people time.

“That expedited the process,” she said, adding that in the past, people waited in line only to find out that they were not in the right precinct or were not registered to vote. “We have amazing teams at each precinct — they did a great job. We were out of here by 10 p.m. last night (Nov. 8).”

Halberstadt added that the “pretty low-key day” saw an influx of Clinton supporters, which garnered the presidential runner-up 3,225 votes in comparison to President-elect Donald Trump’s 2,073 votes. 

Halberstadt said that the presidential results were eye-opening.

“I think many Americans are surprised at the outcome; I think there (were) different expectations, but I can’t really comment on that,” Halberstadt said.

In Farmington Hills, 45,200 residents cast their ballots, or 73.78 percent; there are 61,260 registered voters in the city.

From those voters, 26,842 residents, or nearly 60 percent, voted for Clinton; 15,745, or about 35 percent, voted for Trump. According to results from the Oakland County Clerk’s Office, 342,976 voters, or 51.29 percent, of Oakland County residents voted for Clinton, while 289,127, or 43.23 percent, voted for Trump.

Farmington Hills City Clerk Pam Smith said in an email statement that the overall turnout for this election was very similar to 2012.  

“This has been a trend with the last couple of large elections: 2012 presidential and 2014 governor election,” she said, adding that most voters come out in the morning and then turnout is steady the rest of the day, a little busier again when, probably, many people leave from work. 

“Farmington Hills experienced lines at most precincts in the morning, with voters lining up even before the polls opened, some having over 100 voters in line before 7 a.m.” 

Smith added that, overall, it was “very quiet in the evening.”

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