Kropp unseats Dempsey in Mount Clemens mayor's race

Two newcomers elected to City Commission

By: Alex Szwarc | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published November 5, 2019

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MOUNT CLEMENS – In the Nov. 5 mayor's race, Laura Kropp edged out incumbent mayor Barb Dempsey by less than 200 votes, with 49.9% of the vote, according to unofficial results from the Macomb County Clerk’s Office. Kropp, 41, came away with 1,417 votes with all precincts posting results.

Dempsey has been mayor since 2005. 

During her campaign, Kropp said she was committed to ensuring that every neighborhood has fair representation on city boards and commissions. 

“I will work to find and encourage interested residents from diverse neighborhoods and backgrounds to serve,” she said in October.

In the race for Mount Clemens commission, four candidates were vying to be part of the governing body. The top three, Glenn Voorhess, Rashidah Hammond, and Ronald Campbell, will begin a four-year term in January. Voorhess received the most votes, with 1,643, or 26.7% of the vote. Kathleen Kelchner, meanwhile, missed out by eight votes.

Campbell, 60, is a high school government and psychology teacher. During his campaign, he said he would continue to work with city administration, helping residents who have contacted him. 

Hammond, 43, in October said her top goals were to improve neighborhoods, increasing community resources and revitalizing the business district.

Voorhess, 68, said last month he’ll focus on increasing sheriff coverage of all sections of the city. 

In the morning Nov. 5, outside of Mount Clemens City Hall on Crocker Boulevard, voters shared who they voted for in the mayor’s race and the reasoning behind their thinking.

Resident James Kopas, who has lived in the city for almost 50 years, wants city services to remain as is. He voted for Kropp.

“Her husband has a business in Mount Clemens and he’s kept it here,” he said. “She’s really interested in putting the city back on the map and trying to get downtown revitalized.”

Kopas wants to see more done with blight issues and for the city to take care of some of the houses that are not looked after.

Tamika Markham also voted for Kropp. 

“She’s a good person and a woman,” she said. “I want to give her a chance.”

Markham views road improvements as a necessity.

“The neighborhood I’m in, the streets are really bad and I’ve been out here 15 years,” she said. “That same street has been the same all those years.”

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