The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has approved a plan to sell off nearly 160-million dollars in Certificates of Participation. The Certificates will fully fund future retiree medical benefits. WEMU's Andrew Cluley covers the details found in the unanimously approved plan.
A third term was not in the cards for Washtenaw County Sheriff Dan Minzey. The incumbent Democrat lost his primary race to retired Sheriff's Deputy, Jerry Clayton. Clayton now faces Republican Dwayne Taylor in the November general election.
In other local races of interest: 2nd ward Ypsilanti City Councilman John Gawlas was upset in his primary race. Mike Bodary won the Democratic Primary and will be unchallenged in November, effectively winning the seat with Tuesday's win.
On the fisrt Friday of each month, WEMU's David Fair sits down with Lana Pollack to discuss pertinent environmental issues. This discussion focuses on public transportation into, and out of, Washtenaw County
There are three candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for Washtenaw County Sheriff, including 51-year old Incumbent Dan Minzey. 43-year old Jerry Clayton retired from the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department after 20-years. Clayton says he offers a complete change in management style. Iva Jo Beilec is 76-years old and has no law enforcement experience. WEMU's David Fair has a look at the people, and issues, driving this race.
The Democratic primary in Ann Arbor will go a long way in determining the new look of City Council. It's been a long while since a Republican has been on council, so if that trend continues, the winner's in Tuesday's races will make it to the council table. There will be at least three-new faces on council, as Ron Suarez, Joan Lowenstein and Christ Easthope did not seek re-election. WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports.
Ypsilanti, MI – Eastern Michigan University's Board of Regents has approved tuition, room and board rates, and a new budget for fiscal year 2008-2009. Click on the audio icon to hear the story from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.