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 With his 10-year-old daughter, Charlotte, looking on, Jonathan Gray casts his ballot at Berkley City Hall Tuesday, Nov. 5.

With his 10-year-old daughter, Charlotte, looking on, Jonathan Gray casts his ballot at Berkley City Hall Tuesday, Nov. 5.

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Terbrack reelected mayor, Price joins incumbents on Berkley council

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published November 5, 2019


BERKLEY — Daniel Terbrack will continue on as mayor of Berkley.

In the Nov. 5 election, Terbrack was reelected as mayor for another two years, beating challenger Robert Lathrop, according to the Oakland County Elections Division’s website.

With all six precincts reporting, Terbrack received 2,561 votes to Lathrop’s 653, giving Terbrack 79.19% of the 3,234 total votes cast. There also were 20 unassigned write-in votes.

“I’m incredibly humbled to be able to continue to serve the residents, and I look forward to working with this new council over the next two years to continue … the work that we’ve started in Berkley, the progress that we’ve started in making Berkley the best place we can to raise our families and continue living,” he said.

With two more years to look forward to, Terbrack said the No. 1 priority for him always will be budgeting and making sure that Berkley can remain in a strong position, fiscally.

“I will also say that continuing the conversation on the Community Center is something that I’m still committed to working towards,” he added.

For Berkley’s City Council, there were three seats up for grabs. The top three vote-getters were current City Council members Bridget Dean and Ross Gavin, and newcomer Natalie Price. Price will occupy the seat vacated by outgoing City Council member Eileen Steadman, who did not seek reelection.

Dean received 2,164 votes; Gavin received 2,028 votes; and Price received 1,885 votes. The three were chosen over Nitin Naidu, Susan Citraro and Charles Tyrrell, who took in 1,088; 1,051; and 970 votes, respectively.

“I’m thrilled how engaged the residents of Berkley have been in the last few elections, including (Nov. 5); how passionate they are about the issues that are affecting them; and I’m eager to harness that energy and engagement, matching the unique skills and interests of each resident ... to the challenges that face Berkley to move Berkley forward,” Price said.

Price said she felt that the city has an opportunity now with the update to the master plan for residents to get involved and contribute to a collective vision for Berkley’s future. She also stated that she is eager to collaborate with other leaders in the region to move all parties forward.

“I have very positive working relationships with many council members, mayors, leaders that are (at the) county and state levels, and I’m looking forward to working with them on issues like our sewer system, public transit, things that collect all of our communities in our region and bringing together all these fantastic leaders to make improvements to our region,” she said. “I feel like we all do better when we work together, rise up together.”

In a text message, Gavin congratulated the rest of the winners and said he looks forward to working with all of them on the new council.

“I am humbled and very grateful for the trust the voters of Berkley have placed in me, and I am honored to be able to serve my fellow residents as we look to make our incredible city even better,” he said.

The Nov. 5 election was the first time that the top vote-getter, Dean, actually ran a campaign, as she was appointed to the council in March 2018 after a seat was vacated.

Dean said she was honored and grateful to be serving the city of Berkley.

“The overwhelming support that I received, not only from residents, but from people who volunteered on my campaign, helped me knock on doors, make phone calls — it just was an incredible coming together of people and energy, and I am grateful to all the candidates in the race for running strong races and being respectful,” she said.

Dean listed a host of ideas she hopes to tackle in the next four years, including roads, infrastructure, keeping Berkley’s downtown safe and vibrant, and attracting and retaining new businesses.

She also hopes to hold meet-and-greets with residents soon to hear their concerns about the city.

“One thing I learned is that if you’re not out talking to people, there are going to be things that you miss, and I can only lead best when I know what it is that the residents of Berkley want,” she said.