WARREN — Election Day turned into the day after as voters waited past midnight for absentee ballots to be tallied. In the end, those votes told the story, pushing Warren Mayor Jim Fouts to a potentially historic fourth term.
Results from 12,410 absentee ballots were finally uploaded at 1:02 a.m. Nov. 6, propelling Fouts past Councilwoman Kelly Colegio, who bested the incumbent mayor by 403 votes on Election Day and won individual precinct battles by a nearly 2:1 margin.The unofficial totals showed Fouts with 13,775 votes (57.5 percent) to Colegio’s 10,191 (42.5 percent).
"As many of you know I'm an admirer of President Harry S. Truman and now I can relate to another famous situation in his 1948 election night victory with Harry holding up a copy of the Chicago Daily Tribune," Fouts said in a Facebook post early Nov. 6, in which he also shared the Truman photo and a screenshot of an online local media report declaring his defeat. "Now a new example of the same situation."
Elsewhere on the ballot:
- Pat Green and Angela Rogensues won the race for two at-large seats on the Warren City Council, besting Gary Boike and Diane Young.
- In District 1, Ron Papandrea (52.5 percent), appointed to the Council in 2016, was elected for the first time, defeating challenger Melody Magee (47.5 percent).
- In District 2, former Macomb County Commissioner Jonathan Lafferty (57.9 percent) defeated Richard Paul Sulaka II (42.1 percent).
- In District 3, former Council member Mindy Moore (53.4 percent) defeated Mark Dennings (46.6 percent).
- In District 4, Garry Watts (61.9 percent) defeated Melvin Login (38.1 percent).
- In District 5, Eddie Kabacinski (53.2 percent) defeated Jerry T. Bell (46.8 percent).
- Warren City Treasurer Lorie Barnwell (80.5 percent) won in a landslide, defeating challenger Arnold Simkus (19.5 percent)
- In the race for Warren City Clerk, Sonja Buffa (57.4) percent — appointed to the position in January — defeated Keith Sadowski (42.6 percent), who just completed his fourth term on the City Council.
Totals for declared write-in candidates in council districts 3, 4 and 5 were not immediately available.
And a pair of proposals in the Fitzgerald Public Schools, and one in Van Dyke Public Schools, also passed.
Look for more on the results, including reaction from the candidates, as information becomes available .