Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Republican Klint Kesto beat multiple opponents in precincts across several communities; while Democrats select Pam Jackson to represent them in November.
Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Klint Kesto was chosen Tuesday from a field of five other candidates to represent the Republican Party for the 39th District seat in the Michigan State House of Representatives. Unofficial results show the life-long Oakland County resident received 28 percent of vote, followed by Brad Hantler, a 21-year-old recent college graduate and Andover High School alumnus (22 percent). Nicholas Kennedy and Kristine Zrinyi were just 10 votes apart and finished with roughly 17 percent. First-time candidate Bubba Urdan (14 percent) and Albert Clawson (2 percent) rounded out the field. The race was close all night and was not called until early this morning. Unofficial results show Kesto took nine out of 15 precincts …
The Bloomfield Hills City Commissioner rose above a crowded field to win with 32 percent of the vote in the Aug. 7 primary. Democrat Dorian Coston awaits in November.
There were several anxious moments while waiting for results to trickle in, but Mike McCready kept cool-headed and focused on being the next Republican to represent voters in the 40th District in Lansing. Much like he had for the better part of three months. McCready was rewarded early this morning when unofficial results from the Oakland County Clerk's Office showed he won the district bridging Bloomfield, West Bloomfield and Birmingham with 32 percent of the vote over three formidable opponents. County Commissioner and Birmingham-based attorney David Potts and West Bloomfield attorney David Wolkinson finished in a virtual tie for second with 29.8 percent, and Birmingham Board of Education Trustee Robert Lawrence rounded out the field …
Thursday, August 2, 2012
The EPIC MRA poll released Wednesday shows 71 percent of voters in Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne counties will vote 'yes' on Aug. 7. But many of you said otherwise.
An EPIC MRA poll released today shows that a large majority of voters approve of the tri-county millage to support the Detroit Institute of Arts, Channel 7 is reporting. If approved, the proposal would levy .2 mills on Oakland County taxpayers for 10 years. At 0.2 mills, a taxpayer owning a home with a taxable value of $100,000 would be expected to pay approximately $20 a year. This tax would begin with December 2012 property tax bills and end in 2021. The survey interviewed 237 people in the tri-county area between July 24–31, and has a plus or minus margin of error of 6.4 percent. The majority of support is strong in each county, with Oakland County leading the way at 75 percent, the station reported. The millage is expected to generate…
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
'The case for the DIA millage is compelling . . . for future growth in the arts and the economy. That is pretty good return for about $15 per year.'
This viewpoint essay by Birmingham area photographer Rod Arroyo, who's also a certified planner and design consultant, is reposted with permission from his blog at cityphotosandbooks.com. Voters in Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne Counties will be asked Aug. 7 to approve 0.2 mils for 10 years, which is approximately $15 per year for every $150,000 of a home’s fair market value. This money will go to provide one of many sources of funding needed to support a world-class art museum: the Detroit Institute of Arts. As the vote nears for the Arts Millage in southeast Michigan, I feel compelled to share some of my thoughts. The Detroit Institute of Arts is an irreplaceable resource that brings incredible works of art, film, music, and so much more to …
Sunday, July 22, 2012
The first-time candidate has three specific qualities that put him ahead of the GOP field in the 40th District House race.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
A successful state representative should have a least three specific strengths: intelligence, political savvy and leadership. Of the 110 current state representatives, not one of them is an economist. Mr. Wolkinson earned both a bachelor's and master's of economics from U-M by age 21. As the intellectual candidate, he is uniquely qualified to understand the state's struggle between growth and austerity, and, importantly, to explain to legislators and voters alike the dead-weight economic losses associated with over-taxation. Mr. Wolkinson has received the endorsements of Right to Life and the Farm Bureau, and has brought together former political foes Rocky Raczkowski and Paul Welday, who are co-hosting a fundraiser for Wolkinson's …
Monday, July 9, 2012
Elected positions in local, county, and state government as well as millage proposals will be voted on by those who register by Monday.
Monday marks the last day that West Bloomfield residents can register to vote in the Aug. 7 primary election. U.S. citizens who are legal adults can register with the clerk's office at Town Hall. Visit the Michigan Secretary of State website to find out whether you're registered to vote and view a sample ballot. To keep up-to-date on the news leading up to Aug. 7, visit Elections 2012 headquarters on West Bloomfield Patch. Know about an important deadline coming up? Tell us in the comments or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also post your own event or announcement for everyone to see.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Tri-county proposals spur debates over Detroit-suburbs ties, museum finances and property tax levels.
Mary Cassatt, Vincent van Gogh and Diego Rivera are among candidates for local support in Metro Detroit's Aug. 7 primary elections. A millage request by the Detroit Institute of Arts – the museum displaying their art – will be on ballots in Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne counties. Each county's elected commissioners this spring approved language for a 0.2-mill proposal to support the DIA as a regional resource. In addition to nominating candidates for congressional, state, county and local offices on Primary Day, voters will be asked to answer that yes-or-no DIA tax question. An impassioned debate has begun to intensify, as it always does when property taxes and city-suburban relations are involved. The political landscape also is shaped by …
Monday, May 14, 2012
Become a candidate for several of the local and state seats in play in the next election.
If you are politically inclined and looking to make a difference in local, state or federal politics there's just a day left to get on the Aug. 7 primary ballot. All candidates for partisan and nonpartisan seats, except for judicial positions, need to file their nominating petitions or applicable fees by 4 p.m. Tuesday. Candidates must also complete an affidavit of identity to be on the ballot. Candidates for county convention delegate (precinct delegate) also must file an affidavit of identity Tuesday. Documents may be submitted to the Oakland County Clerk's Office, or Town Hall. The deadline to withdrawal expires at 4 p.m. Friday, May 18. Do you know about an important upcoming deadline? Share it in the comments below and we’ll consider …