Sterling voters weigh in on Election Day

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published November 21, 2022

File photo by Patricia O'Blenes

STERLING HEIGHTS — Election Day has come and gone, and now the results of who will hold office are clear.

According to unofficial results on Michigan’s elections website, incumbent Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer won the gubernatorial race, defeating Republican challenger Tudor Dixon 54.5% to 43.9%. All other parties’ candidates each got less than 1%.

In Macomb County alone, unofficial results of all precincts showed Whitmer getting 51.8% of the vote compared to Dixon’s 46.6%, with all smaller-party candidates each getting less than 1%.

In the Michigan Supreme Court race, the top two candidates will gain seats on the court. According to the state elections website, statewide results showed incumbents Richard Bernstein (33.9%) and Brian Zahra (23.8%) ahead, with Kyra Harris Bolden (21.9%), Paul Hudson (13.3%) and Kerry Lee Morgan (7%) trailing. In Macomb County, Bernstein (35.6%) and Zahra (25.4%) were also ahead, with Bolden (19.2%), Hudson (12.7%) and Morgan (7.1%) having the same rankings.

According to unofficial results from Macomb County’s website, in the Michigan House of Representatives’ 58th District, incumbent state Rep. Nate Shannon, a Democrat, got 18,122 votes (51.3%), defeating Republican Michelle Smith, who had 17,183 votes (48.7%).

On Nov. 9, Shannon said he was happy to pull out ahead, adding that the campaign was a “tough fight.” He attributed the victory to his campaign knocking on thousands of doors and making thousands of calls.

“Those are things that are necessary to win an election, and we were able to put that apparatus together and come out with the win,” he said. “I look forward to get back up to Lansing to serve the constituents of District 58.”

Unofficial results also projected some winners in the Macomb County Board of Commissioners races. In District 5, Republican Don VanSyckel received 11,793 votes (52.3%), defeating Democrat Robert Mijac and his 10,773 votes (47.7%). In District 6, Republican Joseph Romano had 15,014 votes (55%), prevailing over Democrat Carole Chi’s 12,269 votes (45%).

On Nov. 9, Romano said this is the third time his opponent has run against him.

“It’s like baseball — three times, and she’s out,” he said. “I thank my strong base. As a (Sterling Heights) council member for almost 20 years, people know who I am and what I stand for, and I really appreciate their support.”

Sterling Heights’ voter turnout was estimated at 51.6%, below the Macomb County average of 54.7%, according to the Macomb County elections website.

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