Long lines, large turnout characterize election

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published November 9, 2016

 Voters in St. Clair Shores

Voters in St. Clair Shores

Photo by Kristyne Demske


With a large turnout brought about by a polarizing presidential election, results were slow to come in Nov. 8 in St. Clair Shores.

Two hours after the polls closed, the City Clerk’s office was still waiting for results from a few precincts and then the counting of about 11,600 absentee voter ballots.

City Clerk Mary Kotowski said that there was a morning rush at the polls and then steady voting all day.

There were problems with a few tabulator machines in precincts 6 and 17, she said, but no voters were disenfranchised.

It was a busy day in St. Clair Shores, she said, and lines were to be expected.

“Presidential is the year you see lines,” she said, adding that, overall, it was a good day.

For the district 18 seat of the state House of Representatives being vacated by Sarah Roberts, who was bound by term limits, Democrat Kevin Hertel beat Republican Renata Polonaise with more than 62 percent of the vote, with 34 out of 36 precincts reporting.

At the county level, incumbent Democrat Veronica Klinefelt will keep her district 3 seat for a third term after bringing in more than 66 percent of the vote, with 20 out of 25 precincts reporting.

“Obviously, I am appreciative of the support that the voters have given me and I’m going to go back up to the county and continue to scrutinize the budget and try to provide the services that the residents expect while not spending too much money in the process,” she said.

The race for the 10th District of the Macomb County Board of Commissioners was a tighter race, with Democrat Robert Leonetti having 52 percent of the vote over Republican Linda Burns Torp’s 47 percent, with 16 out of 26 precincts reporting.

All precincts had reported in on Election Night for school board elections.

In Lake Shore Public Schools, Susan DeLong will fill a partial term on the Board of Education, and Board President Shannon Ketelhut will remain on the board, as well, with 42 percent of the vote. Newcomer Joshua Denzler will also join the board, with 30 percent of the vote.

On the Lakeview Public Schools Board of Education, incumbent Donald Wheaton Jr. will keep his seat with 35 percent of the vote and newcomer Peter Accica will join the board, taking in 32 percent of the vote. Robbyn Martin took in 43 percent of the vote in a second race for a partial term that runs through 2020.

On the South Lake Board of Education, Robert Penn and Charlotte Rebelein will keep their seats with 34 percent of the vote each.