Write-In Candidates Can't Stop Eaton, Anglin

Nov 6, 2013

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. 

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. 

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.

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.
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.

Local Election Results (Un-official)

Nov 5, 2013

Un-official election results have Saline Township voters saying "yes" to a road maintenance millage renewal.  The one-mil issue generates revenue to take care of the township's gravel non-primary roads. 

School district voters appeared generous with their support Tuesday, approving an operational millage renewal for Saline Area Schools.  Ann Arbor schools voters also approved a sinking fund millage renewal.

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. 

But, as WEMU's David Fair reports, there are two Democratic write-in candidates seeking to pull off an upset:

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. 

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more:

Ann Arbor's first ward council member, Sabra Briers is being challenged by independent Jeff Hayner in tomorrow's election.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more:

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. 

But, as WEMU's David Fair reports, voters do have the option of a registered write-in candidate:

Washtenaw County Election Preview

Nov 4, 2013

There are a handful of ballot issues being decided in Washtenaw County tomorrow.

WEMU's Bob Eccles has more on elections throughout the county:

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. 

Ypsi Twp Voters Approve Millage Requests

Aug 6, 2013

Voters in Ypsilanti Township said "yes" to all four millage requests on their ballot Tuesday.

Millage increases to support police, fire and refuse collection services each passed with roughly 70% of the vote.  A recreation millage renewal also passed, but by a narrower margin.

Township Supervisor Brenda Stumbo says voters realized the importance of their township being able to continue to provide important services in tough economic times. 

Join David Fair for the complete wrap-up of un-official election results Wednesday during Morning Edition.

Voters in Ann Arbor's fourth City Council ward went with the challenger over the incumbent in Tuesday's Democratic primary.

Un-officials results showed Jack Eaton with 60% of the vote, to incumbent Marcia Higgins' 40%.   Eaton is not expected to be challenged for the seat in November.

Third ward voters narrowly favored incumbent Stephen Kunselman over challenger Julie Grand, 52% to 48%.  Kunselman will take on independent candidate Samuel DeVarti this fall.

Whitmore Lake Voters Reject Bond Issue

Aug 6, 2013

Whitmore Lake Schools voters soundly rejected a $12.3 million bond issue Tuesday.  Superintendent Kim Hart says the un-official tally wasn't close: 690 "no" votes to 310 "yes" votes.

She says the main complaint the district heard from voters was that their taxes were already too high, particularly in Northville Township and Washtenaw County.

Hart says some tough decisions will have to be made going forward, because at this point any money needed for things the district needs to repair, remodel or replace will come directly out of the classroom.

As far as elections go, today is going to be a light day in Washtenaw County.

Ypsilanti Township has four tax questions on the ballot.

  1. Proposition "A" would generate revenues to replace some of the fire service revenues lost due to decrease in property values.
  2. Proposition "B" would generate revenues to replace some of the police services revenue lost due to decrease in property values.
  3. Proposition "C" would raise money for the purpose of providing revenues for recreation and park facilities, bike paths, the repair of sidewalks and roads and general operating purposes.
  4. Proposal "D" Would provide money for waste collection and environmental protection.

In Ann Arbor, there are two contested, Democratic primary races for city council.

  • In the 3rd Ward Julie Grand is looking to unseat Incumbent Stephen Kunselman.
  • In the 4th Ward. Marcia Higgins seeks to fend off a challenge from Jack Eaton. The winners today will be unopposed in November, barring a write-in campaign.

 Voters in the Whitmore Lake School District will decide a $12.3 million dollar bond issue. If passed, the district would sell bonds to raise money to remodel and update school facilities.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has a look at anticipated voter turnout today.

The Whitmore Lake Public School District has one issue before voters on Tuesday. 

As WEMU's David Fair reports, the district is seeking approval of a $12.3 million bond issue.

A long-time Ann Arbor City Council member is facing a challenge from a candidate running for a seat for a third time in Ann Arbor's 4th ward. 

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more on tomorrow's democratic primary election between incumbent Marcia Higgins and challenger Jack Eaton.

Tuesday is primary election day, and while the ballot is rather light, Voters in Ann Arbor's 3rd ward  will be among those going to the polls. 

Residents there will choose between incumbent City Councilman Stephen Kunselman and challenger Julie Grand. WEMU's Andrew Cluley


The Washtenaw County Election Commission on Thursday rejected ballot language that sought to recall six members of the Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education. 

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the commission voted unanimously to reject submission for lack of clarity.

Bob Eccles

Two Democratic Ann Arbor City Council members face primary election challenges on August 6th. In the 3rd Ward, Incumbent Stephen Kunselman is being challenged by Julie Grand. In the 4th Ward, John Eaton seeks to unseat Marcia Higgins, and advance to the November General Election. The candidates met Wednesday night  in a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area. WEMU's Bob Eccles was there and has this report.

Residents in the Village of Dexter have voted to continue on the path to becoming a city. WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more on the vote in Tuesday's election.

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.

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.

Saline Mayor Gretchen Driskell has defeated incumbent Republican state representative Mark Ouimet in the 52nd district.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

Voters Approve Consolidation of School Districts

Nov 7, 2012

The consolidation of the Willow Run and Ypsilanti school districts was approved by voters on Tuesday.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

Six state-wide ballot proposals were rejected by voters on Tuesday.  State Representative Jeff Irwin thinks the large number of proposals hurt the chances for any of them.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

Voters Will Elect New Mayor in Saline

Nov 2, 2012

With Saline Mayor Gretchen Driskell challenging State Representative Mark Ouimet for his 52nd district seat, the city will have a new mayor after Tuesday's election.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has a preview of the Saline mayoral race.

Pot Proposal on Ypsi Ballot

Oct 31, 2012

Ypsilanti voters will decide a ballot issue next week regarding possession of marijuana.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

Bob Eccles

A crowd of about 30 people attended last night's public forum on the proposed consolidation of the Willow Run and Ypsilanti school districts.  WEMU's Bob Eccles reports on  the last of these meetings before voters decide the issue November 6th.