Voters decide West Bloomfield board, cement primary choices

By: Tiffany Esshaki | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published November 8, 2016


With the results of the presidential election still rolling in, residents in the Beacon’s coverage area could at least head to bed on election night knowing who will be at the helm of their local government.

West Bloomfield Township Supervisor-elect Steven Kaplan, Clerk-elect Debbie Binder and incumbent Treasurer Teri Weingarden all kept the seats they were elected to during the Aug. 2 primary.

Joining them to lead West Bloomfield are trustee incumbents Howard Rosenberg and Diane Rosenfeld Swimmer, along with newcomers Jim Manna and Jonathan Warshay on the township’s Board of Trustees. Democrat Manna took the first trustee seat with 16.8 percent of the vote, followed by Democrat Rosenberg in second place with 16.1 percent, then Democrat Swimmer with 15.8 percent and Warshay at 14.3 percent.
Nearly 120,000 votes were cast in in the race for trustee.

With no notable write-in opposition, Kaplan will be seated as supervisor with 97.9 of the vote. Binder took 98.2 percent in her unopposed race, and Weingarden will remain treasurer with 98.1 percent.

Outgoing Clerk Catherine Shaughnessy could not be reached for comment before press time concerning voter turnout. Shaughnessy lost her bid to be the Democratic nominee for West Bloomfield Township clerk during the primary race, by a margin of just 62 votes.

Nearby in Orchard Lake Village, unopposed candidates Jerry Kosmensky and Bruce H. McIntyre will be seated to City Council for three year terms, and in Keego Harbor, John Fletcher earned a three-year term on City Council with no opposition.

In Sylvan Lake, five candidates were on the ballot seeking one of four terms. Stepping up to the City Council table this fall are newcomer Jim Endres alongside incumbents Aron Lorenz, Russell Meskin and Bob Dzenko.

As the top vote-getter, Endres took 23.2 percent of the vote and will receive one of the two four-year terms available, followed by Lorenz with 20.9 percent, who will also take a four-year term. In third place is Meskin, who earned a two-year term with 20.1. percent of the vote, and in fourth is Dzenko with 18.8 percent, earning the last two-year term.

Races for West Bloomfield School District Board of Education and Walled Lake Consolidated School District Board of Education were also decided in today’s election. For more results, check back with or check out the next issue of the West Bloomfield Beacon.