Skip to comments.Take A Look At Metro Detroit's Races
Posted on 11/04/2009 2:54:58 AM PST by Son House
DETROIT -- In metro Detroit, voters were asked to decide on everything ranging from mayor, council members, taxes and liquor license terms. Below is a breakdown of the most watched races.
12 cities and one township had elections. Six cities had mayoral matchups: Sterling Heights elected Richard Notte, Mount Clemens elected Barb Dempsey, Centerline elected David Hanselman, New Baltimore elected Thomas Goldenbogen, Roseville elected John Chirkun and Memphis elected Daniel Weaver.
Countywide, voters decided on two issues. Residents voted in favor of a an executive-style government similar to those in Oakland and Wayne. Macomb County voters overwhelmingly approved a new government to create ethics reforms, reduce the number of commissioners and elect a powerful leader to attract new jobs and wield more regional influence. Voters also voted in favor of reorganizing the county's road commission and folding it into the executive's office.
For more information on Macomb County elections, visit the Macomb County Web site.
Southfield officials said voter turnout was better than expected. The Southfield mayoral seat and four city council spots were hotly contested races after the flap with council member William Lattimore. Lattimore pleaded guilty to a bribery charge. He admitted to accepting cash to help a pawnshop relocate inside of the city. Incumbent Mayor Brenda Lawrence, who was running for a third term as mayor, beat council member Sylvia Jordan 78 percent to 22 percent.
Three council members, Donald Fracassi, Kenson Siver and Joan Seymour were elected to a four-year term and the fourth candidate, Janna Garrison, will fill the remainder of Lattimore's two-year term
Pontiac residents elected Leon Jukowski as their mayor. The city faces a $130 million budget deficit. Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm appointed a financial manager to the city, which means Jukowski, 52, will have no control over the city's finances.
Berkley rejected a $15 million bond request for a new community center. In Royal Oak, residents rejected a two-year liquor moratorium on new liquor license transfers. For more information on Oakland County elections, visit the Oakland County Web site.
Wayne County residents elected incumbent Mayor Dave Bing to another four-year term.
Bing, 65, had 58 percent of the votes. Accountant Tom Barrow had 42 percent, or 50,757 votes.
Five incumbents and 13 challengers competed for nine City Council seats. Four incumbents won re-election and one was ousted.
Former TV anchor Charles Pugh received the most votes and will replace Cockrel as council president. The top vote-getter automatically wins the council presidency. Pugh also received the most votes in an August primary.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday night, Pugh had 88,704 votes. Ex-Detroit Deputy Police Chief Gary Brown was second with 80,698 votes. Cockrel finished fourth.
In addition to Cockrel, Brenda Jones, Kwame Kenyatta and JoAnn Watson also won re-election, but Alberta Tinsley-Talabi lost her seat. Newcomers to the council will be Saunteel Jenkins, Andre Spivey and James Tate. City Clerk Janice Winfrey won re-election.
Charter Commission spot was snagged by Freman Hendrix.
Detroiters also approved Proposal S and Proposal D. Proposal S, is a $500 million bond issue to build 10 new high schools and renovation of 20 others. Proposal D, will change the way council members are elected. The proposal calls for seven council members to be elected by district and two others elected at large.
In Dearborn, John O'Reilly Jr. was elected mayor.
The Brownstown Township Fire Protection Proposal, which will prevent massive layoffs in the fire department was approved.
For more information on Macomb County elections, visit the Wayne County Web site.
Click on the individual counties for more election information. Monroe County Washtenaw County Livingston County St. Clair County For complete election results, click here.
My first glance: Looks to me like they are going to get little to no change for Detroit(Wayne County), very sad because they need good conservative leadership and economics, and it seems incumbents won except for one city counsel seat.
There are other articles, but mostly Detroit Free Press that has copyrite issues.
Just wanted to ask you all if you have any input on the Detroit election results?
More here than meets the eye
1.) Most of the Lunatic characters on the Detroit City Council are gone.
2.)The Detroit City Charter will be re-written, that is huge. The mess that let Kawame stay should be fixed.
3.)The big one:
7 of the Detroit City Council Members will be elected by district and 2 at large. The current 9 at large gave us the luni-fest that gave us so many You-Tube Videos, that will be tough on You-Tube, but good for Detroit.
//My first glance: Looks to me like they are going to get little to no change for Detroit(Wayne County), very sad because they need good conservative leadership and economics, and it seems incumbents won except for one city counsel seat.
Actually, Bing is as close to a conservative as you can get for Detroit. He acts more like a conservative than anything. Former business owner of BAS and former Piston great. He’s already come out against the union leadership (not the union members) and began that fight, which is essential. As for the council - which is much of the problem - five new faces out of nine total. Not bad. Who knows what it means, but it’s a start.
Those people are too damned stupid to vote or even breathe, really.
Do I have to?
>>Those people are too damned stupid to vote or even breathe, really.>>
I’m not sure what you mean by “those people”. The voter turn out was 18% below the 2008 election. Obviously, the Obama factor was in effect since the city’s population is about 80% black and traditionally black people vote for black people. In this election, I think those that really care about the city, whether or not they truly understand the issues, showed up. My observations are from experience in and out of the city. I grew up 15 miles from downtown and currently live in a northern suburb. My parents grew up in the city during the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. Sad that it’s been destroyed by years of liberal policies and race pimps, both black and white.
“Detroit needs to elect a bulldozer”
Sounds about right... The deck chairs were rearranged nicely on the Titanic.
Why do you bother voting. Move!
>>Why do you bother voting. Move!<<
I inherited my parent’s house and sold it for 95,000 when I moved to Detroit.
My husband’s house wasn’t worth much, so we came out the sale of it with around 50,000.
We moved North of Detroit in 2000 and bought a fixer-upper to the tune of 161,000. We now owe 61,000 on it.
There is NO ONE to buy this house. Realitor.com lists it for 80,000. IF we could find someone to buy it, we would lose two generations of investment, sweat and tears. But right at the moment in my Burb of 2.2 miles there are 30 houses for sale, 20 being rented or sitting empty (because they couldn’t find a buyer)
It’s easy to say move when you are not losing everything doing it. My hubby still has a job. As long as he has a job, we stay and pray.
I Don’t know...I don’t even get local news on my satellite. Kids usually call when there are tornado warnings out.....