Troy City Council members Ellen Hodorek, David Hamilton, and Rebecca Chamberlain-Creanga were all returned for another four-year term after Election Day, Nov. 2.

Troy City Council members Ellen Hodorek, David Hamilton, and Rebecca Chamberlain-Creanga were all returned for another four-year term after Election Day, Nov. 2.

Photo provided by Rebecca Chamberlain-Creanga

Troy voters return three incumbents to council

By: Brendan Losinski | Troy Times | Published November 10, 2021


TROY — Voters in Troy went to the polls Nov. 2 for one local race determining the members of the City Council.

Five candidates were running for three four-year terms. Troy voters decided to return the three incumbents in the race to their seats.

This included David Hamilton, who received 8,182 votes; Ellen Hodorek, who received 7,586 votes; and Rebecca Chamberlain-Creanga, who received 7,322 votes.

They beat out challenger Andrew Sosnoski, who received 4,380 votes, and challenger Stephanie Reed, who received 2,210 votes. An additional 104 write-in ballots were cast.

The winners were sworn in to their next terms at the regular City Council meeting Nov. 8.

“We’ve come a long way in the last four years, and I’m extremely proud of what we’ve accomplished together,” Hamilton said in an email. “We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us. Our budget planning session is in a couple weeks, where we’ll start to prioritize the fiscal year 2023 budget, including the $8.1 million we’ve received from the American Rescue Plan. I’d like to invest in our parks, recreation programs, preserving green space, and new trails. Thank you to everyone who supported the campaign, contributed, put up a lawn sign and gave words of encouragement.”

Chamberlain-Creanga thanked voters for returning her to council and said she believes Troy has a bright future.

“I am deeply honored that Troy voters have placed their faith in me for a second time in just over a year, having won two back-to-back City Council elections within a span of 15 months,” she said in an email. “A big message of my campaign this year has been one of hope and optimism. Troy is extraordinary, and I firmly believe that Troy is on the cusp of something even more extraordinary. As we come out of COVID, the future is bright in Troy, and I invite all of us to lock hands in creating tomorrow together.”

She went on to say that she wants to use her next term to utilize her three-year appointment on the Michigan Municipal League Board of Trustees to serve Troy, continue to support local first responders and develop more green space in the community.

“I commit to involving our residents in our decision-making. And that is why I have been inviting residents to join the ‘Neighborhood Node Walk & Talks’ with either the Planning Commission or City Council to provide input,” she wrote. “Another way I intend to address residents’ concerns about development and green space is by revisiting the recommendations of the City’s Green Space Subcommittee, which involve finding ways to incentivize and incorporate publicly-accessible green space into developments and around the city. In addition, I would like to look into the possibility of leveraging American Rescue Plan Act dollars to help improve our existing parks and green space.”

Hodorek said she was happy the council will keep its current members as she sees it as a very effective team for managing Troy.

“I am so happy the three incumbents — Rebecca Chamberlain-Creanga, David Hamilton, and myself — will continue on. This means the current council will remain intact, and I believe this is a very good outcome to ensure the city is on solid footing going forward,” she said in an email. “In the weeks leading up to the election, so many residents expressed an overall desire for continued civility and effective governance. I take that responsibility very seriously, and will continue to represent my fellow residents to the best of my ability alongside my council colleagues.”

She went on to say that she hopes the next few years will be significant ones for Troy.

“It is a privilege to serve with this entire council team,” Hodorek wrote. “I have great respect for each member. I value the knowledge, experience, and passion for the community each of them brings to the role. We have important work to do, including for our Master Plan and the strategy setting for the city’s next budget cycle. I look forward to linking arms with my colleagues and city administration to get at it. I promise to represent everyone to the best of my ability along the way, balancing the institutional knowledge I bring to the effort with the fresh perspectives that are so valuable to the process and the future of this community.”

Sosnoski thanked those who supported him in the race and expressed his gratitude.

“I am thankful for the opportunity I had to connect with voters while campaigning and am grateful for those who cast their vote in hopes of bringing a conservative voice to the Council,” Sosnoski said in an email.