elections http://wemu.org en Transit Millage Approved By Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti Township Voters http://wemu.org/post/transit-millage-approved-ann-arbor-ypsilanti-ypsilanti-township-voters <p><strong><a href="http://www.theride.org/" target="_blank">Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority</a></strong> riders can expect later service hours coming in August after voters in three communities approved a new transit tax. &nbsp;The <strong><a href="http://morebuses.org/" target="_blank">More Buses campaign</a></strong> is declaring victory with about 70 percent of the votes supporting the measure.</p><p> Wed, 07 May 2014 03:03:12 +0000 Andrew Cluley 45480 at http://wemu.org Transit Millage Approved By Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti Township Voters Last Week's Election Results to be Certified Soon http://wemu.org/post/last-weeks-election-results-be-certified-soon <p>It won't be long before we have the official results of last week's elections.&nbsp;</p><p>Ed Golembiewski is Washtenaw County's Elections Director. He says the results will be certified first thing Wednesday morning.<br /><br />Golembiewski says one provisional ballot was added in Ann Arbor elections, and Ann Arbor city council 5th Ward write-in candidate Chip Smith got an additional 100 votes - not enough to change the results.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 23:20:41 +0000 Bob Eccles 37644 at http://wemu.org Last Week's Election Results to be Certified Soon Election Results: Candidate Races Outside of Ann Arbor http://wemu.org/post/election-results-candidate-races-outside-ann-arbor <p><strong><em><u>In Chelsea:</u></em></strong></p><p>Mayor Jason Lindauer has won re-election. There will be a couple of new faces on City Council. Jim Myles will join council after winning a four year term, unseating Incumbent Dustin Suntheimer. Myles joins Incumbents Melissa Johnson and Mayor Pro-Tem Cheri Albertson in winning full terms. There were also two partial, two-year terms seats available on Chelsea City Council. Incumbent Frank Hammer and newcomer Jane Pacheco won those seats.</p><p><strong><em><u>In Milan:</u></em></strong></p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 09:18:33 +0000 David Fair 37343 at http://wemu.org Briere Wins Re-Election to Ann Arbor First Ward City Council Seat http://wemu.org/post/briere-wins-re-election-ann-arbor-first-ward-city-council-seat <p>Voters in Ann Arbor's first ward have given Sabra Briere a fourth term on city council.&nbsp; Briere claimed 66 percent of the vote to 32 percent for challenger Jeff Hayner yesterday.&nbsp;</p><p>Briere says she thinks voters have appreciated her efforts to respond to their concerns.&nbsp; Briere says she hopes voters also considered her communication efforts.&nbsp;</p><p>Hayner says he believes just by running some of the issues he's been concerned about are getting discussed by city council.<br /> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 08:14:24 +0000 Andrew Cluley 37337 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Public Schools Sinking Fund Millage Passes http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-public-schools-sinking-fund-millage-passes <p>Ann Arbor Public Schools will continue to have a dedicated source of funding for facility maintenance and upgrades.&nbsp;</p><p>Voters approved a five year continuation of the sinking fund millage yesterday.&nbsp; The one-mill tax was approved by over 80 percent of voters.&nbsp;</p><p>School Board Member Glenn Nelson says the sinking fund is an important piece of the overall budget.&nbsp; He says without the millage the shape of schools would have been reduced and instruction would have suffered as well.&nbsp; Nelson says the community has once again invested in education and the area's future.&nbsp; He says the sinking fund millage is an education tax that completely remains in the district.</p><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 08:10:26 +0000 Andrew Cluley 37336 at http://wemu.org Kunselman Wins In Ann Arbor's Third Ward http://wemu.org/post/kunselman-wins-ann-arbors-third-ward <p>Incumbent Ann Arbor City Council member Stephen Kunselman has defeated a challenge from a former campaign volunteer.&nbsp; Kunselman received 70 percent of the vote yesterday, with Sam DeVarti of the Mixed Use Party claiming 28 percent.&nbsp;</p><p>Kunselman says the results of all of the council races show voters still want a greater priority placed on core services.&nbsp;&nbsp; He says council will continue to focus on making stronger neighborhoods.&nbsp; Kunselman says it will be nice to have more allies on council as he looks to run for mayor next year.<br /> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 08:05:45 +0000 Andrew Cluley 37335 at http://wemu.org Write-In Candidates Can't Stop Eaton, Anglin http://wemu.org/post/write-candidates-cant-stop-eaton-anglin <p>Democrat Jack Eaton claimed nearly 90 percent of the vote for Ann Arbor's fourth ward City Council race, and incumbent Mike Anglin won in the fifth ward with about 68 percent.&nbsp;</p><p>Eaton and Anglin were the only names on the ballot in their respective wards, but both candidates also faced write-in campaigns in the last few weeks before the election.&nbsp;</p><p>Eaton says the write-in efforts came without participation in debates and other campaigning so voters couldn't get a clear picture of these candidates.</p><p>Eaton's challenger was William Lockwood, while Anglin faced write-in campaigns from Thomas Partridge who announced his campaign months ago and Chip Smith who registered as a write-in candidate less than a month ago.<br />Eaton also faced a tongue-in-check write in campaign from a 20 pound carp that was pulled from a pond in West Park a year ago.</p><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 08:01:15 +0000 Andrew Cluley 37334 at http://wemu.org Election Preview: Ann Arbor's 5th Ward City Council Race http://wemu.org/post/election-preview-ann-arbors-5th-ward-city-council-race <p>Voters in Ann Arbor's 5th ward tomorrow will have a choice of three candidates, although only one name will appear on the ballot. Incumbent Democrat Mike Anglin is seeking re-election. His name will be the only name voters see.&nbsp;</p><p>But, as WEMU's&nbsp;David Fair reports, there are two Democratic write-in candidates seeking to pull off an upset:</p><p></p><p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 16:25:20 +0000 David Fair 37240 at http://wemu.org Election Preview: AAPS Sinking Fund http://wemu.org/post/election-preview-aaps-sinking-fund <p>For nearly a decade, Ann Arbor Public Schools have been able to fund a variety of facility upgrades through a sinking fund millage that brings in about $7.4 million a year. District voters tomorrow will be aske to continue the sinking fund from 2015 through 2019.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more:</strong></p><p></p><p></p><p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 16:18:44 +0000 Andrew Cluley 37236 at http://wemu.org Election Preview: Ann Arbor's 1st Ward City Council Race http://wemu.org/post/election-preview-ann-arbors-1st-ward-city-council-race <p>Ann Arbor's first ward council member, Sabra Briers is being challenged by independent Jeff Hayner in tomorrow's election.</p><p><strong>WEMU's Andrew Cluley&nbsp;has more:</strong></p><p></p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 16:13:24 +0000 Andrew Cluley 37235 at http://wemu.org Election Preview: Ann Arbor's 4th Ward City Council Race http://wemu.org/post/election-preview-ann-arbors-4th-ward-city-council-race <p>Election Day is tomorrow, and in Ann Arbor's 4th ward, the outcome is just about certain. Democrat John Eaton, or Jack, as he prefers to be called, defeated current councilwoman Marcia Higgins in the August Primary, and appeared to be unopposed for the general election.&nbsp;</p><p>But, as WEMU's&nbsp;David Fair reports, voters do have the option of a registered write-in candidate:</p><p></p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 16:07:04 +0000 David Fair 37234 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County Election Preview http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-county-election-preview <p>There are a handful of ballot issues being decided in Washtenaw&nbsp;County tomorrow.</p><p><strong>WEMU's Bob Eccles has more on elections throughout the county:</strong></p><p></p><p></p><p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 16:01:27 +0000 Bob Eccles 37233 at http://wemu.org Election Preview: Ann Arbor's 2nd Ward City Council Race http://wemu.org/post/election-preview-ann-arbors-2nd-ward-city-council-race <p>Ann Arbor's 2nd Ward City Council race may be the most hotly contested. Two of the three candidates have raised more money than all other council candidates in the city, combined.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 19:35:40 +0000 Andrew Cluley 37152 at http://wemu.org Election Preview: Ann Arbor's 2nd Ward City Council Race Washtenaw County Election Results 5/7/13 http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-county-election-results-5713 <p> A light ballot in Washtenaw County on Tuesday day means relatively quick results. The results, keep in mind, are unofficial until certified by the Board of Canvassers.</p><p> Voters in Dexter Village have opted to continue moving forward with the process of becoming a city. The measure passed on a vote of 460-to-408. The next step will be the election of a nine-member charter commission. Once a draft charter is adopted and passed by the state, incorporation into city-hood will go before a vote of the people.</p> Wed, 08 May 2013 02:35:41 +0000 David Fair 29070 at http://wemu.org State Ballot Proposals Fail http://wemu.org/post/state-ballot-proposals-fail <p>Six state-wide ballot proposals were rejected by voters on Tuesday.&nbsp; State Representative Jeff Irwin thinks the large number of proposals hurt the chances for any of them.&nbsp; Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.</p><p></p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 10:32:18 +0000 Andrew Cluley 21687 at http://wemu.org LWV Election Forums http://wemu.org/post/lwv-election-forums <p>The League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor area is taking its mission of voter education to cable t-v.&nbsp; Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.</p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 16:37:01 +0000 Bob Eccles 20492 at http://wemu.org Forums Set on State Ballot Proposals http://wemu.org/post/forums-set-state-ballot-proposals <p>Eastern Michigan University is hosting a series of forums on the six state-wide proposals voters will see on their November ballots.&nbsp;&nbsp; Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.</p> Mon, 08 Oct 2012 13:20:40 +0000 Bob Eccles 20462 at http://wemu.org A Look At the Citizenship Check Box and Local Ballots http://wemu.org/post/look-citizenship-check-box-and-local-ballots <p>A voting rights coalition has asked a Federal judge to issue a preliminary injunction prohibiting the use of&nbsp;check-off boxes that ask voters to confirm their U.S. citizenship on November ballots.&nbsp; WEMU's Bob Eccles has that, and a look at what you can expect to find - or not find - on your local baloot.</p> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 21:41:22 +0000 Bob Eccles 19803 at http://wemu.org Recounts Produce No Changes in Washtenaw County Primary Vote http://wemu.org/post/recounts-produce-no-changes-washtenaw-county-primary-vote <p>No results have changed following recounts of some&nbsp; August primary elections in Washtenaw County, but some recounts could not be completed.&nbsp; Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 12:33:31 +0000 Andrew Cluley 19035 at http://wemu.org Derezinski Faces Challenge in 2nd Ward Primary http://wemu.org/post/derezinski-faces-challenge-2nd-ward-primary <p>Sally Hart Peterson hoping to unseat incumbent</p><p>Anthony Derezinski in August primary.</p> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 12:58:54 +0000 Andrew Cluley 16388 at http://wemu.org Two Democrats Vying for First Ward A2 Council Seat http://wemu.org/post/two-democrats-vying-first-ward-a2-council-seat <p>Sumi&nbsp; Kailasapathy and Eric Sturgis are campaining</p><p>to replace Sandi Smith on Ann Arbor&#39;s city council.</p> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 12:56:33 +0000 Andrew Cluley 16387 at http://wemu.org 53rd District State House Primary http://wemu.org/post/53rd-district-state-house-primary <p>Incumbent Democrat Jeff Irwin faces challenge from</p><p>Tom Partridge in August primary election.</p> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 13:05:34 +0000 Andrew Cluley 16334 at http://wemu.org Two Democrats in Primary for New County Commission Seat http://wemu.org/post/two-democrats-primary-new-county-commission-seat <p>Christina Montague and Andy LaBarre address issues</p><p>in LWV forum Monday night.</p> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 13:03:28 +0000 Andrew Cluley 16333 at http://wemu.org County Will Have New Water Resources Commissioner this Fall http://wemu.org/post/county-will-have-new-water-resources-commissioner-fall <p>League of Women Voters hosts Washtenaw County</p><p>candidates forum.&nbsp; Tue, 10 Jul 2012 13:00:09 +0000 Andrew Cluley 16332 at http://wemu.org