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November Election Guide for Macomb Township

Residents will cast their votes for president, local candidates and ballot proposals during the Nov. 6 general election.

Residents will take to the polls Nov. 6 to cast ballots for the next president of the United States. And, while they're exercising their voting rights, they will also decide local ballot proposals and boards.

As Macomb Township is divided into two commissioners' districts, two congressional districts and four school districts, ballots will vary across the township.

Macomb Township Board Races

Supervisor: Republican Janet Dunn is running unopposed on the printed ballot; current Supervisor Mark Grabow has also announced his intention to run as a write-in candidate.

Clerk: Republican incumbent Michael Koehs is running unopposed.

Treasurer: Republican incumbent Karen M. Goodhue is running unopposed.

Trustees: Four trustee seats will be filled on the board. Republicans Dino Bucci, Clifford W. Freitas, Roger M. Krzeminski and Nancy J. Nevers are running unopposed. All but Freitas currently serve on the board.

U.S. President and Vice President:

  • Incumbent Barack Obama and Joe Biden; Democrat
  • Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan; Republican
  • Virgil H. Goode, Jr., James N. Clymer; U.S. Taxpayers
  • Jill Stein, Cheri Honkala; Green
  • Ross C. Anderson, Luis Rodriguez; Natural Law

U.S. Senator

  • Incumbent Democrat Debbie Stabenow
  • Republican Pete Hoekstra
  • Libertarian Scotty Boman
  • U.S. Taxpayers Richard A. Matkin
  • Green Harley Mikkelson
  • Natural Law John D. Litle

Congressional Rep., 10th District

  • Incumbent Republican Candice S. Miller
  • Democrat Chuck Stadler
  • Libertarian Bhagwan Dashairya

State Rep., 24th District

  • Incumbent Republican Anthony G. Forlini
  • Democrat Philip Kurczweski

State Rep., 33rd District

  • Incumbent Republican Ken Goike
  • Democrat Martha O'Kray

County Commissioner, 9th District

  • Incumbent Democrat Fred Miller
  • Republican Juliana Sabatini 

County Commissioner, 13th District

  • Incumbent Republican Joe Sabatini
  • Democrat Jonathan Garstka

The Macomb County Chamber of Commerce recently released its rating of these candidates for state representative and county commissioner.

Boards of Education

Chippewa Valley Schools

Three individuals are running for a single seat with partial term ending Dec. 31, 2016. Euel Kinsey, who was appointed to the seat, is running to complete the term, but faces challengers Grace Caporuscio and Elizabeth A. Pyden.

L'Anse Creuse Public Schools Board of Education

Several of the candidates debated recently in Clinton Township.

Four individuals are running for two four-year terms.

  • Incumbent Charles Eslinger
  • Earl Fuller Jr.
  • Mary Hilton
  • Sharon McTavish Ross

Incumbent board member Linda McLatcher is running unopposed to retain her seat, which holds a partial term ending Dec. 31, 2014.

New Haven Community Schools

Incumbents Tracy Bonkowski and Gina Walker are running unopposed for two seats holding six-year terms.

Macomb County Races

Several of the county candidates debated recently in Chesterfield Township.

  • Prosecutor: Incumbent Eric Smith, a Democrat, and challenger Michael Wrathell, a Republican.
  • Sheriff: Incumbent Anthony Wickersham, a Democrat; Republican Steve Thomas and Libertarian Scott W. Allen.
  • Clerk and Register of Deeds: Incumbent Carmella Sabaugh, a Democrat, and Republican Debera Guenther.
  • Treasurer: Incumbent Ted Wahby, a Democrat, and Republican Larry Rocca.
  • Public Works Commissioner: Democrat Anthony V. Marrocco

Local Ballot Proposals:

Renewal of Police Protection Millage

Shall the constitutional limitation upon the total amount of taxes which may be levied on all taxable real and personal property in the Township of Macomb, County of Macomb, Michigan be increased by up to two (2) mills, ($2.00 for each $1,000) of taxable value of such property for a period of sixteen (16) years (January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2030) to provide revenue to be used exclusively for the payment of police protection?

  • The estimated revenue to be collected in the first year if the entire two (2) mills is levied is $5,542,377.00.
  • The Police Protection Millage was initially approved by the voters of Macomb Township in April of 1994 and renewed in 1999 and 2004. The current millage expires on December 31, 2014.

The proposed millage is a renewal of a previously authorized millage and does not constitute a new additional millage.

Macomb Community College

MCC Facilities and Technology Bond Proposal

"Shall the Community College District of the County of Macomb, State of Michigan, borrow the sum of not to exceed Fifty-Six Million ($56,000,000) Dollars and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds therefore, in one or more series for the purpose of paying for the cost of the following:   ·          

  • Acquiring, installing, equipping and re-equipping college buildings, sites and facilities with new technology equipment and systems; Remodeling, re-equipping and re-furbishing college buildings, sites and infrastructure? 

The estimated millage that will be levied to pay the proposed bonds in the first year is .15 mills ($.15 per $1,000 of taxable value). The maximum number of years of each series of the proposed series of bonds may be outstanding, exclusive of refunding, is not more than ten (10) years; and the estimated simple average annual millage that will be required to retire each of the proposed series of bonds is .19 mills annually ($.19 per $1,000 of taxable value). (Pursuant to State law, expenditure of bond proceeds must be audited, and the proceeds cannot be used for administrator or employee salaries, repair or maintenance costs or other operating expenses.)

Macomb Township voters will also see a series of candidates for the state judiciary, state university boards and state proposals.

See a sample of your ballot on the Macomb County Election Department website.

Where Do I Vote? Do I Need ID?

Use this chart to find your polling precinct. And don't forget to bring ID! Michigan voters are required to show photo ID, either a driver's license or state issued ID, at the polls. If you forget, or do not have an acceptable form of ID, you can still vote, but must sign a brief affidavit stating that you're not in possession of a photo ID.

What's Closed on Election Day in Macomb Township?

All of Macomb Township's public schools and some of its private schools will close for Election Day. Government offices and courts will also be closed. Check here for a complete list.

Sharpie November 05, 2012 at 08:19 AM
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Aaron Tuckfield November 05, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Remember to smile tomorrow! We've had ALL the campaigning going on... it is coming to an end. Smile because you get this chance to vote - something our country has fought to defend. Smile because it is always a good day. Oh, and smile, because I'm running a precinct and I find that everything is easier when people are happy! ;) Come out and vote!
Sharpie November 05, 2012 at 08:56 PM
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