Voters cast their ballot Aug. 7 at Fox Elementary School in Macomb Township for the primary election. Macomb Township saw high voter turnout for a primary election with 31 percent.

Voters cast their ballot Aug. 7 at Fox Elementary School in Macomb Township for the primary election. Macomb Township saw high voter turnout for a primary election with 31 percent.

Photo by Donna Agusti


Township sees high voter turnout for primary election

By: Joshua Gordon | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published August 14, 2018

 Voters at Fox Elementary School in Macomb Township make their selections during the Aug. 7 primary election.

Voters at Fox Elementary School in Macomb Township make their selections during the Aug. 7 primary election.

Photo by Donna Agusti

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — After easy victories during the Aug. 7 primary election, Republican Bill Schuette and Democrat Gretchen Whitmer will compete in November to be the next governor of Michigan.

Schuette took just over 50 percent of the votes in the Republican primary, or 454,549 votes, while Whitmer accounted for just over 54 percent of the votes in the Democratic primary with 479,556 votes. 

Both candidates were favorites in Macomb Township as well, with Schuette totaling 5,757 votes and Whitmer being the top Democratic candidate with 5,088 votes. Macomb Township had a high turnout for a primary election, with 31 percent of registered voters voting.

Macomb Township Clerk Kristi Pozzi said this was the first election for the township’s new voting equipment, which they purchased last fall. For the most part, she said feedback from workers was great, and with more voters than anticipated, everything still went smooth.

“We felt like we had an amazing turnout for the primary election with anticipating 17-20 percent and ending up with 31 percent,” Pozzi said. “We were extremely happy, and happy to see voters engaged and out for the election, and now we prepare for November.”

Macomb County Commissioner Leon Drolet will have a chance to keep his District 13 seat in November after beating two fellow Republicans during the Aug. 7 primary election.

Drolet took 57.7 percent of the vote for the 13th district, which represents Macomb Township. Drolet earned a total of 3,953 votes, beating out Charles Missig, who had 2,584 votes, and Yani Warda with 318 votes.

“Obviously, I am very appreciative of taxpayers and citizens of Macomb Township and very humbled by what they have tasked me to do, which is to watch their budgets,” Drolet said. “That is my No. 1 priority. A ton of politicians are focused on county and state budgets, but I am the one guy putting taxpayers first and looking out for their family budgets.”

Drolet originally won the seat during the 2016 election. In November, Drolet will face Democrat Joanne Recchia, who went unopposed during the primary election, for the two-year term. Recchia totaled 4,832 votes.

“I feel really strong going into (November),  as after Macomb County had all those indictments on elected officials, it made me really step up to the plate and run,” Recchia said. “As a self-employed businesswoman, I learned early on that if you want something done right, I had to do it myself. So here I am stepping up and taking on concerns of the township. We really need a change, and I feel everybody is ready for that.”

For the Macomb County Board of Commissioners District 9 seat, Democrat Elizabeth Lucido, the incumbent, easily won the primary with 62.1 percent of the vote, or 3,965 votes. Lucido will face Republican Kurt Broadbridge, who ran unopposed Aug. 7, in November.

Democratic nominee Kimberly Bizon will compete against incumbent Paul Mitchell, R-Dryden, in November to be the U.S. Representative in District 10 for the next two years.

Bizon won the primary for the Democratic nomination in the U.S. House of Representatives District 10 race, defeating Frank Accavitti Jr. and Michael McCarthy by taking 41.1 percent of the vote. In total, Bizon won 21,938, while Accavitti totaled 17,048 votes and McCarthy had 14,347 votes.

Mitchell, running unopposed, received 81,793 votes.

For the state Senate District 10 seat, Republican Michael MacDonald beat two other candidates with 59.47 percent of the vote, or 15,073 votes. MacDonald will compete against Democrat Henry Yanez and Libertarian Mike Saliba in November, both who ran unopposed in the primary.

Republican Steve Marino and Democrat Laura Winn ran unopposed for the state representative District 24 seat. Republican Jeff Yaroch and Democrat Andrea Geralds also ran unopposed for the state representative District 33 seat.

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