Rochester Hills voters pass road millage renewal, wait for write-in mayor to be declared

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published November 5, 2019

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Voters in Rochester Hills cast their ballots in favor of renewing a local road millage Nov. 5, according to unofficial results from the Oakland County Elections Division.

Yes votes for the proposal totaled 11,935, and 2,655 people voted against the ballot question. The passage of the local road millage renewal means Rochester Hills can roll the city’s three local street millages — which all expire in 2020 — into one combined local street millage at the same rate of 1.0965 mills beginning in 2021 for the next 10 years. 

Rochester Hills Department of Public Services Director Allan Schneck said the renewed local street millage will dedicate over $4 million each year for the maintenance, repair and reconstruction of the local street system.

Incumbent Dale Hetrick and newcomer Theresa Mungioli are the new at-large City Council members with four year terms, with Hetrick receiving 6,248 votes and Mungioli earning 6,028 votes, according to unofficial results from the Oakland County Elections Division. Hetrick and Mungioli outpaced at-large seat challengers Sharon Pizzuti, who received 5,787 votes, and Jeff Duperon, who earned 4,773 votes. 

David Blair is the new District 2 council member after running against Khary Mason and receiving 2,425 votes. Mason earned 1,143 votes.

David Walker is the at-large City Council member with a term expiring Nov. 14 of 2021. Walker ran unopposed and received 9,511 votes.

Susan Bowyer was re-elected as the District 3 City Council member. Bowyer ran unopposed and received 2,226 votes.

In the Rochester Hills mayoral race, City Clerk Tina Barton said the Oakland County Board of Canvassers reconciles all write-in races. Newcomer Kimberly Bailiff challenged incumbent Mayor Bryan Barnett, both write-ins. 

“They determine the validity of a write-in vote, as well as declare the winner of a race,” she said in an email.

Barton said Rochester Hills election totals simply state the total number of write-in votes the machine received — whether valid or invalid. 

“The machine does not differentiate between write-in candidates — that will be done in the canvassing process,” she said in an email. “It could be a few days before a winner is declared.”

For more information about Oakland County elections, visit www.oakgov.com/clerkrod/elections.

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