Posted by: mattvote | June 30, 2011

Election 2011 – Michigan City Primary Elections – August 2

Election 2011 – Michigan Municipal Primary Elections – August 2

Under construction – add info as you see fit, as you can tell, there is a lot of information to disseminate.

Follow after the jump! Oh, and one quick definition of terms – millage is another term for property taxes. A mill equals the amount of tax per $1,000 of property value. So if the tax is raised by 20 mills, it means an uptick of 2%.

Alger County

Burt Township

Allegan County

Saugatuck-Douglas District Library

Baraga County

Baraga County

Bay County

Fire and Police Protection Millage (New)

An increase of 1 mill ($1.00 on each $1,000.00 of taxable value) for a period of ten (10) years for Fire and Police Protection purposes which will raise an estimated $466,930 in the first year.

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CITY OF AUBURN COMMISSIONER-Vote for 3

Ken Charbonneau
Susan Emerson
Gerald T. Janowicz
John D. McNally
Brian J. Raab
Barbara L. Reiss
Russell D. Williams

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Hampton Township

Benzie County

Lake Township

Berrien County

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Covert Public Schools District Levy Vote

CPS District 18 is requesting a levy to cover infrastructure and repair costs.  This would allow a levy of 2 mills ($2 for every $1,000 of property value) for 20 years. It is specifically designated for only school infrastructure and repairs and must not be used for operational costs such as teachers, administrators,  or employees salaries; maintenance;  or any other operational cost.  If passed the first year would yield $1,136,000.

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City of Benton Harbor

Mayor

Wilce Cooke

James Hightower

Matthew Bradley

City Commissioner – Ward 1

Richard Alexander

Sharon Henderson

Eddie Marshall

City Commissioner – Ward 2

Trenton Bowens

Garry Guild

City Commissioner – At Large (Vote for 2)

Mary Alice Adams

Japhy Bartlett

Bryan Joseph

Margie Carter

Lisa Gulley

Ruthie Haralson

David Shaw

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City of Niles

Mayor

Bruce Leach

Mike McCauslin

Tim Skalla

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City of St. Joseph

City Commissioner

Fran Chickering

Michael Garey

Jeffrey Richards

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Township of Bertrand

Supervisor – Republican Primary

Matthew Remmo

Scott Bonner

Earl Lintz

Trustee – Republican Primary

Alice Kring

Anna Norton
Calhoun County

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Emmett Township Tax Vote

Emmett Township reduced its public safety millage from 1.79% to 1.69% and would like to renew it at the 1.69 for 10 years to cover the cost of retaining eight police and fire positions. Total raised, if passed, $549,201.00.

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Jackson ISD

Chippewa County

Detour Township

Sugar Island Township

Clinton County

Montcalm Community College

Crawford County

Crawford County

Delta County

Delta County – 3rd Comm. District

Escanaba City

Gladstone City

Maple Ridge Township

Eaton County

Lansing City

Lansing City – 1st Ward

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Potterville City

Recall mania continues! Three local positions are facing recall here.  The complaint is that the City increased taxes, voted to appoint one particular member, had a secret meeting to increase another tax.

Should the following City Councilmembers be recalled?

Rodney Ross
Briant Titus
Judith Williams

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Genesee County

Bendle Schools

Burton City

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City of Flint – This city of just over 100,000 people has become a symbol for the rise and fall of the auto industry in Michigan and is currently one of the poorest cities in the country.

Mayor (News Story)

Scott Smith
Darryl E. Buchanan – former city council President
David Davenport – current school board member
Jung Ho Kim
Don Pfeiffer
Eric Mays
Michael Harris
Dayne Walling – current Flint mayor
Phillip LaBarge

Goodrich Village

Gladwin County

Gladwin County

Billings Township

Butman Township

Grand Traverse County

Paradise Township

Millage Levy renewal – 1 mill ($1.00 for every $1,000.00 in property value) levy renewed for the next three years raising 114,305 in the first year for ambulances and emergency medical services

Gratiot County

Montcalm Community College

Hillsdale County

Huron County

Brookfield Township

Road Millage Proposal – 2 mills ($2.00 for every $1,000.00 in property value) for roads. This would be for nine years and if passed would raise 71,316,00 in the first year.

Fire Services Millage Proposal – 1 mills ($1.00 for every $1,000.00 in property value) for fire protection and prevention. This would be for nine years and if passed would raise 35,658,00 in the first year.

Port Austin Township

Library Construction Proposal – .5mills (.50 cents for every $1,000.00 in property value) for equipment and construction.  If passed it would be for 20 years and would raise $53.714.60 in the first years.

Library Construction Proposal – .5mills (.50 cents for every $1,000.00 in property value) for equipment and construction.  If passed it would be for 20 years and would raise $53.714.60 in the first years.

Library Operations and Maintainance Proposal – .35mills (.35 cents for every $1,000.00 in property value) for library operations and maintainence.  If passed it would be for 20 years and would raise $37.600.22 in the first years.

Ingham County

Lansing City

Lansing City – 1st Ward

Ionia County

Iosco County

Iosco County

Sherman Township

Iron County

Caspian City

Isabella County

JACKSON COUNTY

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City of Jackson (News Article)

Mayor (vote for one, term ends   11/30/13)

Scott Eugene Aughney
Karen F. Dunigan (Inc.) – Realtor
Martin J. Griffin – former Mayor and State Representative

Jackson Treasurer (vote for one, term ends   11/30/15)

Andrew J. Wrozek Jr.

Jackson Ward 2 City Councilmember (vote for one, term ends 11/30/15)  – Open Seat

Kimberly Jaquish
Mack Quarrels Jr.

Jackson City Ward 4 Councilmember (vote for one, term ends 11/30/15)

George Brown – Writer and historian
Ken Gaiser (Inc.)
Laura Dwyer Schlecte – Real-estate broker

Jackson Ward 6 City Councilmember (vote for one, term ends 11/30/15) – Open Seat

John Callor
Derek DobiesA constituent relations director for the state Senate
Larry Lloyd

Charter Amendments

Proposal I – Should the city council be able to hold accountable elected officials for misconduct or malfeasance?

Proposal II – Would give the city council a procedure for removal of elected officials for misconduct or malfeasance, allow the council to fill the position temporarily, allow for an election by those who elected the official to replace them, and ban the official from office for two years.

Proposal III – Would give the city council a procedure for removal of elected officials for neglect of office or due to failing health and allow the council to fill the position temporarily, allow for an election by those who elected the official to replace them, and ban the official from office for one year.

Proposal IV – Would allow the council to remove an elected official who is no longer qualified according to the city charter or state law, allows the council to fill the position with someone who is qualified by appointment.

Proposal V – Calls for separate meetings for the introducing and final vote on removal of an elected official, allows the council to call a special meeting to address this issue, calls for notice to be given to the official in question, provides for a public hearing.

Proposal VI – The council can do no more than remove an official and ban them from serving, once removed from office the person remains liable for any civil and/or criminal processes.

Proposal VII – Removes the current section of the city charter that addresses the council ability to declare forfeiture of office and removal from office by an official who has lack of qualifications, been convicted of a felony, intentionally violated the charter in a way that calls for forfeiture of office.

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COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP

Millage Renewal Proposal I

Tax reduced from 5 mills to 4.6 mills for fire services is ending.  Should it be renewed at 4.6mills (46 cents for every $1,000.00 in property value) for five more years raising 157,728.00 in the first year for fire serivces for the township?

Millage Renewal Proposal II

Tax reduced from 100 mills to 9.2 mills for police services is ending.  Should it be renewed at 9.2 mills (92 cents for every $1,000.00 in property value) for five more years raising 315,557.00 in the first year for police services for the township?

JACKSON COUNTY INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL DISTRICT

Restores Headlee reduction of this levy. Would increase levy by .77 mills to 5.5 mills for funding education for students with disabilities for 20 years. Would raise 3,365.000.00 in the first year.

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Kent County

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City of East Grand Rapids

East Grand Rapids City Commissioner – Ward 3

Kevin M. Brant
Shawn Michael Gotch
Donald Markham
Brian Miller

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City of Grand Rapids

Mayor

Geroge Heartwell – Incumbent, running for his third term
Michael-Paul Gionfriddo

City of Grand Rapids Commissioner –Ward 1

Scott Giese
Walt Gutowski (Inc.)
Rina Sala-Baker
Jim R. Burkholder (Write-In)

City of Grand Rapids Commissioner –Ward 2

Ruth Kelly (Inc.)
Nick Sanderson

City of Grand Rapids Commissioner –Ward 3

Elias Lumpkins Jr. (Inc.)
Kent Boersema

City Comptroller

Donijo DeJong (Inc.)
Michael Sak – former State Representative

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City of Kentwood

Kentwood Commissioner –Ward 1

Scott Bailey
Robert D. Coughlin
Peter H. Hickey

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Wyoming Public Schools

MILLAGE PROPOSAL, BUILDING AND SITE SINKING FUND TAX LEVY

A levy not to exceed .50 mill ($0.50 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of 10 years, 2012 to 2021 to create a sinking fund for the construction or repair of school buildings. The estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2012 is approximately $426,000.

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Lake County

Elk Township

Lenawee County

Adrian City-
(City Commissioners- Three to be elected)

Julie Berryman Adams

Cleatus Beasley

Bill Ehnis

Thomas R. Faulhaber

Jerry R. Gallatin

Chuck Jacobson

Charles L. Moore, Jr.

Harry B. Steele

Don F. Taylor

Madison Charter Township

A millage of 0.9812 mills ($0.9812 per $1,000 of taxable value), reduced by the required millage rollbacks to 0.9661 mills ($0.9661 per $1,000 of taxable value), be renewed at 0.9661 mills ($0.9661per $1,000 of taxable value) and levied for 5 years for the purpose of replacing fire and ambulance equipment and housing of same. This millage will raise an estimated $210,576 in the first year.

A millage of 1.1774 mill ($1.1774 per $1,000 of taxable value), reduced by the required millage rollbacks to 1.1593 mills ($1.1593 per $1,000 of taxable value), be renewed at 1.1593 mills ($1.1593 per $1,000 of taxable value) and levied for 5 years for the purpose of maintaining and improving roads and bridges in the Township.
This millage will raise an estimated $248,798 in the first year.

Ogden Township

Recall of Township Supervisor, James Goetz

Statement of Reason

He violated the public trust and breached his fiduciary duty, when as the Ogden Township Supervisor he disregarded a conflict of interest by signing a wind energy leasing agreement for personal financial gain.  He then proceeded to further the conflict of interest by his inaction on potential measures that would protect the
rights of ALL residents in regards to the potential impacts of noise, shadow flicker, quality of life, and property values.

Statement of Justification of Conduct:

I, James Goetz, believe it is my obligation as Ogden Township Supervisor to research and vote on all issues presented to the Board.  I have faithfully followed the letter and spirit of the Michigan Standards of Conduct Act for public officials, which clearly demonstrates no conflict of interest in my actions as Supervisor.  In making my decisions as Supervisor, I have always placed the health and safety of our residents first.  There is no zoning in Ogden Township, and all landowners have the right to do with their property as they desire.

Ogden Township

Recall of Township Clerk, Phyllis Gentz

Statement of Reason

She violated the public trust and breached her fiduciary duty, when as the Ogden Township Clerk she disregarded a conflict of interest by signing a wind energy leasing agreement for personal financial gain.  She then proceeded to further the conflict of interest by her inaction on potential measures that would protect the rights of ALL residents in regards to the potential impacts of noise, shadow flicker, quality of life, and property values.

Statement of Justification of Conduct:

I, Phyllis Gentz, believe it is my obligation as an Ogden Township elected official to research and vote on all issues presented to the Board.  I have faithfully followed the letter and spirit of the Michigan Standards of Conduct Act for public officials, which clearly demonstrates no conflict of interest in my actions as clerk.  In making my decisions as a member of Ogden Township Board, I have always placed the health and safety of our residents first.  There is no zoning in Ogden Township and landowners have the right to do with their property as they desire.

Riga Township

Recall of Township Supervisor, Jefferee Simon

Statement of Reason

 Mr. Simon violated the public trust and breached his fiduciary duty on or about December 13, 2010 when, acting in his official capacity as the Riga Township Supervisor, he arbitrarily and capriciously altered the composition of the Riga Township Planning Commission by refusing to reappoint one of the lead architects of the wind turbine ordinance language in the middle of the process despite the strong objections of the citizenry and the objections of the Chairman of Riga Township Planning Commission, thereby depriving the township of a key asset at a critical point in the life of the township.

Statement of Justification of Conduct:

I shall continue to maintain a neutral position and represent all the interests of the people in our Township.  Aligning myself with one side or the other can only lead to nasty lawsuits that will cost the Township hundreds of thousands of dollars.  I shall do my best to prevent such a waste of our taxpayer’s money.  I shall appoint those people whom I believe are best qualified to represent all the people in our Township.  I will not reappoint or hire “one-siders” with tunnel vision.  I will not be
“bullied” or threatened by one or two individuals to make choices which I do not believe are best for our people.  No matter what you hear, get the facts!  I do not have a personal interest in wind turbine development.  I have not organized any pro wind groups.  I do not have any leases signed.  Get the facts!  I shall continue listening to both sides and to our legal advisors.  I will not be pressured into taking one side or the other.  I will work on developing a policy which will be legally correct and avoid unnecessary lawsuits. Vote “NO”.

Livingston County

Green Oak Township

Fire Millage Proposal

For the township’s Fire services. An increase of not more that 2mills (2.00 dollars on every 1,000.00 of taxable value) for 5 years
raising 1,695,164.00 in the first year, if passed.

Police Millage Proposal

For the township’s police services. An increase of not more than 2.5mills (2.50 dollars on every 1,000.00 of taxable value) for 5 years
raising 2,073,954.00 in the first year, if passed.

Political Party precinct officials candidate lists.  Click here for the Democratic candidates and here for the Republican candidates in this primary race.

Mackinac County

Garfield Township

Portage Township

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Macomb County Millage Levies

Center Line Public Schools levy to pay for bonds of 4.78 mils for the first year and 7.98 mills for 29 years for schools, technology in schools, athletic fields, and buses. This will result in revenue of $44,970,000.00, if passed.

Public Safety levy to pay for 7.5mills for 10 years for police and fire personnel, operations, equipment, and programs. Total raised if passed, 1,400,633.00.

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NEW BALTIMORE

Council (One Partial Term Ending 11/11/2013)

Jim Morisette, Sr.
Karl T. Rutledge
Laura Lynn Szymanski Boyles

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ST. CLAIR SHORES

Mayor (One 4-yr term)

Karla L. Anderson
Nathan Kaczmarek
Kip C. Walby

Council (Choose Three)

Patrick Biange
John D. Burtch
Henry Castro
Jack Downey
Ronald J. Frederick
Chuck Hall
Randy Rose
Chantel L. Ticconi
Anthony G. Tiseo
Chris Vitale

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Warren Township

Mayor

James R. Fouts (Inc.)
Marc Goodson
Joseph Hunt
James McDannel
Kathleen Schneeberger
Kathy J. Vogt

Treasurer

Barbara Friedel
Carolyn Kurkowski Moceri
Steven Watripont

Council At-Large (Choose 2)

Dean C. Berry
Eugene Sawyer
Scott C. Stevens
Mary M. Kamp
Ken Lloyd
Donna Kaczor Caumartin
Kelly J. Colegio

Council – District 1

Patrick Green
Ron Papandrea
Nathan Vinson
Mark Wyer
Jason E. Balaska

Council – District 2

Daniel J. Biernat
Keith Sadowski
Gloria Sankuer
Richard Sulaka II

Council – District 3

David J. Koury
Lanette Olejniczak
Tamara Roland
Cecil D. St. Pierre, Jr.
Carol J. Kelsey
Jocelyn Howard
William G. Branch

Council – District 4

Jason D. McClanahan
Alan Shepperd
Steven G. Warner
Tom Kuettner

Council – District 5

Michelle Nard
Dustin D. Fields
Jennie K. Furgal
Robert Boccomino
Joe Peters, Jr.
Christopher Pasternak

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Manistee County

Manistee Area Schools

Marquette County

Negaunee Township

Republic Township

Mason County

Manistee Area Schools

Mecosta County

Grant Township

Montcalm Community College

Menominee County

Menominee City

Meyer Township

Montcalm County

Montcalm Community College

Montmorency County

Briley Township

Newaygo County

Lilley Township

Montcalm Community College

Oakland County
COUNTY COMMISSIONER –  DISTRICT 2 – VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN 1 – PARTIAL TERM ENDING 12/31/2012
REPBob Hoffman

DEMMark Venie

CITY PRIMARY ELECTION
CITY OF ROCHESTER HILLS – MAYOR – VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN 1 – FOUR YEAR TERM
Erik Ambrozaitis
Bryan K. Barnett
Paul Miller
Luke Wylie

CITY OF ROCHESTER HILLS – COUNCIL MEMBER – AT LARGE – VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN 2 – FOUR YEAR TERM
Peter Adair
Howard Elandt
Kathleen Fitzgerald
Dee Hilbert
Adam Kochenderfer
Mark Tisdel
Michael Webber

CITY OF ROCHESTER HILLS – COUNCIL MEMBER – DISTRICT 2 – VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN 1 – FOUR YEAR TERM
Howard Elandt
Adam Kochenderfer
M. Jordan Kotubey
Laurie Puscas

CITY OF SOUTHFIELD – COUNCIL MEMBER – VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN 4 –three highest vote getters – four year
terms – fourth highest a two year term
Sunsaria Baldwin
Daniel Brightwell
Myron Frasier
Sylvia Jordan
Sidney Lantz
Jeremy Moss
Ken Peterson
Steven Richter
Dwight Smith
Linnie M. Taylor
Chris Terry
Bernadine Trout

Lamphere Schools

OPERATING MILLAGE RENEWAL PROPOSAL

This proposal, if approved by the electors, will allow The Lamphere Schools to continue to levy up to 19.75 mills for general operating purposes (a reduction from the 21.53 mills previously authorized by the electors) on all taxable property in the School District to the extent that such property is not exempt from such levy. Under existing law, the School District would levy only that portion of the mills on taxable property necessary to allow the School District to receive the full revenue per pupil foundation allowance permitted by the State or such lesser amount as determined by the School District. The School District currently only levies 18 mills for general operating purposes on all taxable property in the School District to the extent such property is not exempt from such levy, and further limits the levy on principal residences (owner-occupied homes) to 14.5 mills.

Shall the limitation on the total amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except property exempted by law, situated within the Lamphere Schools, County of Oakland, State of Michigan, be increased as provided in the Michigan Constitution, in the amount of 19.75 mills ($19.75 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation), for a period of ten (10) years, from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2022, inclusive, with 19.75 mills of the above being a renewal of millage which would otherwise expire on June 30, 2012? This millage would provide estimated revenues to The Lamphere Schools of Fourteen million, eight hundred twenty-three thousand nine hundred seventy-seven ($14,823,977) Dollars during the 2012 calendar year, to be used for general operating purposes, if approved and levied.

BUILDING AND SITE SINKING FUND MILLAGE PROPOSAL

This proposal, if approved by the electors, will allow the Lamphere Schools to levy a building and site sinking fund millage, the proceeds of which will be used to make infrastructure improvements and repairs to the School District’s facilities. Pursuant to State Law, the expenditure of the building and site sinking fund millage proceeds must be audited, and the proceeds cannot be used for teacher, administrator or employee salaries, maintenance or other operating expenses.

Shall the Lamphere Schools be authorized to levy one-half (0.50) mill ($0.50 per $1,000 of taxable value), for a period of eleven (11) years, from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2022 to create a building and site sinking fund for the purpose of the construction or repair of school buildings or any other purpose allowed under Michigan law? This millage would provide estimated revenues to the Lamphere Schools of approximately Three hundred seventy-five thousand two hundred ninety-one ($375,291) Dollars during the 2011 calendar year, if approved and levied.

CITY OF TROY
City of Troy Public Library Operating Millage Proposal
levy new additional millage of 0.7 mills against all taxable property for a five (5) year period of time for the dedicated purpose of operating and maintaining the library? 0.7 mills are equal to $0.70 on each $1,000 of taxable value. If approved, the additional millage levied will raise approximately $3,114,125 in the first year. Millage revenue would be disbursed to the City for library purposes. Of this amount, state law requires the capture of approximately $3,383 for Local Development Finance Authority, $50,020 for Downtown Development Authority, and $129 for Brownfield Redevelopment Authority purposes.

CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF ROYAL OAK
Proposal G-General Operating Millage
An established 5 mills ($5.00 per $1,000 of taxable value) reduced to 4.2101 mills ($4.21 per $1,000 of taxable value) by required millage rollbacks, be increased 4.5 additional mills ($4.50) per $1,000 taxable value for twenty five years. For general operating and capital purchases purpose, which 4.5 mills increase will raise an estimated $180,800 in the first year

Proposal P – Millage Renewal Proposition
a renewed total of 2.5 mills (which is equal to $2.50 per $1,000 of taxable value of real and tangible personal property), for a period of 25 years to provide funds for the Township’s Park and Recreation Department for recreational purposes. If passed, in the first year would levy an estimated $105,000.00.

Ogemaw County

Cumming Township Tax Levy Continuation

Cumming Township’s Transfer/Recycling Center is run on the proceeds of a current property tax levy of .78mills (78 cents for every $1,000 in value of property).  The ballot question is should they continue that levy for five more years. In 2011 the levy would provide $21,899.

Osceola County

Sherman Township

Ottawa County

Coopersville City

Grand Haven Township Millage

The Grand Haven Township ballot question is about taxes. They had a 1.5 mills tax.  That was limited to 1.49 mills and they are asking to return it to 1.5 mills for three years. If approved it would raise for $882,960 for Fire and Rescue services.

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Coopersville City Council (Vote for 3)

Dan Cook
Larry Crandle (Inc.)
Tim Palko
Bradley Sprague
Charlie VanderKolk (Inc.)
James Ward
Roger Whitman (Inc.)

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Holland

Mayor Kurt Dykstra is unopposed

City Council At-Large Position

This seat is open after the previous officeholder resigned and the current appointed member, Shawn Miller, is not running.

Ronald Chavez
Wayne Klomparens
Scott N. Troeger

Holland City – 2nd Ward

Victor M. Orozco – A previous holder of this seat who decided to not to run again in 2007 after serving for 14 years, he is eying a comeback.
Gerardo Tonini – The chairman of the city’s planning commission
Jay Peters (Inc.)

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City of Zeeland

Mayor (Incumbent Les Hoogland is not running for reelection)

Kevin Klynstra – current city councilor

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Ottawa County, Michigan

Saginaw County

Bridgeport Township

River Rapids District Library

Sanilac County

Worth Township

Shiawassee County

Durand City

St Clair County

Fort Gratiot Township

Marine City City

Port Huron Township

Wales Township

Yale City

Tuscola County

Tuscola County – 1st Comm. District  – Partial term ending 12/31/12

Roger Allen, Republican

Zygmunt P. Dworzecki, Democrat

in Akron Township, Precinct 1, Elkland Township Precinct 1 and 2, Elmwood Precinct 1, Gilford Township Precinct 1, Wisner Township Precinct 1

Columbia Township

Allen v. Dworzecki (see above)

Library Millage Levy – 1mill ($1.00 for every $1,000.00 of property value) for six years for operating and maintaining the Columbia Township library.  If passed it would raise $45,000.00.

Fairgrove Township Precinct 1

Allen v. Dworzecki (see above)

Fire Millage Levy – Increase of the Fire Levy by .5mills (50 cents for every $1,000.00 in prorerty value) for fire protecting services.  If passed it will raise $25,000.00 in the first year.

Vassar Township Precinct 1 and 2

RECALL OF RENAE SCHNETTLER

Statement of Reason: Renae Schnettler has failed to carry out her duties as Vassar Township Clerk by refusing to attend Township Board meetings, refusing to post meeting minutes on the Township website or at the Township Hall, refusing to work the number of office hours performed by previous clerks, and refusing to cooperate with the Township auditor in preparing the mandatory annual audit of Township funds.

Justification of Conduct: This recall is about revenge. The former Vassar Township Board fired our current supervisor, Bob Forbes, while he was Zoning Administrator in March 2008. The vote was 4-1. I made the motion to terminate his employment so Mr. Forbes and his wife, Yvonne have vowed to destroy my professional reputuation and career. Donald and Onna Clinesmith are also seeking revenge because I turned them in for zoning violations.  The Clinesmiths mined their property without a permit in 1999, 2004, and 2008.  They refused to comply with state and local laws, which greatly impacted their neighbors and resulted in costly consequences for everyone involved. It is unfortunate that the Forbes’ and the Clinesmiths’ continue to harrass public officials at every level of government to further their own agendas. They cannot afford to have me in office as a whistleblower. None of their statements are based on fact. State law allows elected officials to be recalled for any reason, regardless of truth.

Shall Renae Schnettler be recalled?

Van Buren County

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Keeler Township Millage and Recalls

Road millage proposal – 1 mill ($1 for every $1,000 in value) on property for the next four years (raising 123,400 in the first year) to maintain, repair and construct roads.

Police millage proposal – ¾ mill (75cents for every $1,000 in value) on property for the next four years (raising 92,600 in the first year) for police services.

Township Supervisor Recall
– Township Supervisor William J. Kaysbe faces recall.  Some residence of Keeler think his vote for replacing the town ambulance service and not to table the motion as requested by “overwhelming majority of the residence present at the March 26, 2011 meeting” and not admitting to serving on the board of another ambulance service at the same meeting are reasons for his removal.  His reply is that a study showed that the ambulance service was better than the one they had at the time and that he was named to the other services board and it was reported by the media at the time.

Township Clerk Recall – Carl F. Davis is being recalled for supporting and voting to change the ambulance service. His reply is that he speaks for the silent majority of the town they deserve to have him as the best person for the job.  He hopes that they “ do not lower your standards and do not support the concerned citizens who filed the recall petition”.

Township Treasurer Recall – Robert Millhouse is being recalled for supporting and voting to change the ambulance service. He says
that the information provided to the Township at the first meeting on this combined with his experience as head of the Fire Department supports his decision which was made the best interest of the residence.

Township Trustee Recall – Don Blackmond is being recalled for supporting and voting to change the ambulance service. He says it is the best service and he owes that to the citizens. He trusts them with his life.

Township Trustee Recall – Patrick Daly is being recalled for supporting and voting to change the ambulance service.  He says this is a service that other townships like, that is has advanced services, and that the former service was poorly run financially.

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Paw Paw Township Millage Vote

Fire Protection millage protection – 1 mill ($1 on every $1,000 in value of property) for fire protection purposes.  In the first year it would raise $222,628.

Washtenaw County
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Ann Arbor (News Article)

Ann Arbor City Council – 2nd Ward

Stephen Rapundalo (D) (Inc.)

Tim Hull (D) – University of Michigan computer programmer

Ann Arbor City Council – 3rd Ward

The incumbent is hoping for an easier race this year after winning in 2009 by 6 votes.

Stephen Kunselman (D) (Inc.)Here is a link to a profile from 2009

Ingrid Ault (D) – Executive editor of Think Local First

Marwan Issa (D)  – Technology director at Global Education Excellence

David Parker (R)

Ann Arbor City Council – 5th Ward

Mike Anglin (D) (Inc.)

Neal Eylakin (D) – Special education supervisor for the Washtenaw Intermediate School District

Stuart Berry (R)

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Sharon Township

Sharon Township (2 Recall Proposals)

Here we have taken both the proponents statement and that of the elected officials

Statement of Reason:

“Sharon Township Treasurer, Kimberly Yordanich has failed in her duties to protect the welfare of Sharon Township by:

At the December 2, 2010 regular Board meeting of the Sharon Township Board of Trustees, Sharon Township Treasurer, Kimberly Yordanich failed to support a motion for the best qualified candidate, Roger Kappler, for interim Township Supervisor.  Roger Kappler was the best qualified candidate of five applicants due to his documented educational background, prior managerial and planning experience in the private sector, and his Sharon Township Government experience as the Chairman of the Planning Commission and a Board Trustee.

At the same Board meeting, Treasurer Kimberly Yordanich voted for John Frey for the position of interim Township Supervisor.  This resulted in the lesser qualified candidate, John Frey, being appointed interim Supervisor.  The vote for Supervisor and the role of Supervisor is crucial to the health, well being and proper administration and governance of the township.

Justification of Conduct:

I, Kim Yordanich, Sharon Township Treasurer, did not base my decision to vote for John Frey as supervisor solely on education and experience.  I considered specific character values I thought necessary for the position, such as communication skills, initiative, dependability, integrity, and a strong desire to dedicate the time necessary to serve Sharon Township residents.  John demonstrated these values to me by being the only candidate to attended board meetings where he listened to the ongoing concerns of Sharon Township residents and voiced his opinions and vision for the township’s future.

John Frey has not disappointed the residents of Sharon Township; he has shown enthusiasm, dedication, and the commitment to learn the responsibilities required of his position.

To date, John’s achievements have included the perseverance in receiving financial assistance from Washtenaw County.  This action is allowing for the Waldo Road Bridge to be rebuilt and the road to reopen by fall 2011.  In addition, he was instrumental in resolving the fire run issue by placement of the fire run millage on the recent ballot.  This was an ongoing financial concern for the township and not effectively addressed by previous supervisors.

John has the township’s prosperity, safety and welfare at heart.”

Shall Kimberly Yordanich be recalled from the office of Sharon Township Treasurer?

RECALL 2 – Thomas Lavender

Statement of Reason:

“Sharon Township Board of Trustees, Trustee Thomas Lavender has failed in his duties to protect the welfare of Sharon Township by:

At the December 2, 2010 regular Board meeting of the Sharon Township Board of Trustees, Trustee Thomas Lavender failed to support a motion for the best qualified candidate, Roger Kappler, for interim Township Supervisor.  Roger Kappler was the best qualified candidate of five applicants due to his documented education background, prior managerial and planning experience in the private sector, and his Sharon Township Government experience as the Chairman of the Planning Commission and a Board Trustee.

At the same Board meeting, Trustee Thomas Lavender made the motion to appoint, and voted for, John Frey for the position of interim Township Supervisor.  This resulted in the lesser qualified candidate, John Frey, being appointed interim Supervisor.  The vote for Supervisor and the role of Supervisor is crucial to the health, well being and proper administration and governance of the township.

Justification of Conduct:

I voted for John Frey for interim Supervisor because:

He is a concerned life-long resident of Sharon Township.   He has contacted me many times over the years regarding Township issues and has attended more meetings than most.  John  is not a one-man show who has and will accept ideas and help from any reliable source.

Since John took office, his actions so far i.e.

Waldo Rd. bridge replacement, renewed vigor to the Mineral Extraction Board and the Southwest Council of Government representation, instituting a double signature policy on money matter checks, and with much help supporting updated computer capability for the Township and supporting the new fire mileage policy.   All of the above prove him to be a capable Supervisor.

It is distasteful to comment on as fine a man as Roger Kappler.  I must point out that Roger has been defeated in two public elections, by the unanimous Township Board once and with one descending vote on another occasion.  I feel my vote was consistent with the majority of the Township citizens.

I would appreciate your support in finishing my term.  I will have served 38 years and it will be time to retire.”

Shall Thomas Lavender be recalled from the office of Sharon Township Trustee?

Wayne County

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Allen Park

Mayor

Incumbent Gary Burtka is not running for reelection

David Babbage
Jerry Galka
Kevin Rourke – Current city councilor
William Matakas

City Council (Vote for 6)

Incumbents James Flynn and Larry Templin are not running for reelection

Beverly Kelley (Inc.)
Tony Lalli (Inc.)
Frank Tucci (Inc.)
Paul Boike
Angelo DeGiulio
Mike DeGiulio
Steve Gary
Mark Gaworecki
Tina Gaworecki
Dennis Hayes
Bob Keenan
Edward Kleinow
Joshua LaPeer
Brian McLellan
Harry Sisko
Christopher Tuccini
Robert Turner

Treasurer – Open Seat

Maureen Armstrong
Nancy Teets

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City of Ecorse

Mayor

Darcel Brown (Inc.)

Patrick O’Connell

Larry Salisbury – Former mayor

Devonte Sherav

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