Harper Woods voters cast ballots for mayor, City Council

By: Brendan Losinski | Advertiser Times | Published November 6, 2019

HARPER WOODS — Harper Woods voters cast their ballots in three local elections Nov. 5 to choose their mayor and who will sit on their City Council. Those who live in Precincts 5 and 6 also could vote on two Grosse Pointe Public School System millages.

Mayor Kenneth Poynter, who has held the office since 1997, was reelected in an uncontested race. He received 1,242 votes of the 1,269 votes cast in the race. Twenty-seven write-in votes were cast. Poynter will serve another two years in office.

Five candidates ran for three four-year terms on the Harper Woods City Council. Voters could select up to three candidates, and 1,449 residents voted in the race. Incumbent Cheryl Costantino received 1,008 votes, while fellow incumbent Veronica Paiz received 881 votes, and both will be returned to office. Joining them will be newcomer Regina Williams, who received 657 votes. 

The three of them beat out incumbent Tom Jenny, who received 646 votes, and David Calus, who received 471. Sixteen additional write-in votes were cast.

Also joining the Harper Woods City Council will be Ernestine Lyons, who ran uncontested in a race for a partial term ending Nov. 8, 2021. She received 1,097 votes. An additional 13 write-in votes were cast.

According to the unofficial results released from the Wayne County Clerk’s Office, the Grosse Pointe Public School System operating millage restoration proposal received 10,892 “yes” votes and 4,328 “no” votes. The district's sinking fund proposal received 10,824 “yes” votes and 4,413 “no” votes.

According to school officials, both proposals are not new taxes. They are what taxpayers already have been paying. Both ballot proposals combined make up approximately 25% of the district’s budget. 

Staff Writer Maria Allard contributed to this story.