Plymouth and Canton 2012 Voter Guide
The candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting Plymouth and Canton.
This is a big election year nationally, statewide and locally.
As we look ahead to the Nov. 6 election, Plymouth-Canton Patch is devoted to bringing you the information you need about every race in town. Bookmark this page for updates.
- U.S. President: President Barack Obama (D) will face Michigan native Mitt Romney (R) for the U.S. presidency.
- U.S. Senate: Incumbent Debbie Stabenow (D) will look to retain her seat against challenger Pete Hoekstra (R).
- The 11th Congressional District race – U.S. Rep. candidates Kerry Bentivolio from Milford, Dr. Syed Taj of Canton: Bentivolio was the GOP's choice in the August primary after former U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter had to pull out from the race when he discovered he did not have enough signatures. McCotter ultimately resigned July 6 after a series of public blemishes. Taj, currently a Canton Township trustee, is on the Democratic ballot after winning the Democratic nomination in the August primary.
Be advised that this seat will appear twice on the Nov. 6 ballot. Bentivolio and David Curson of Belleville will face off to fill out the remaining weeks of McCotter's term.
- County Commissioner, 10th District: Two candidates are vying for a seat on the redistricted Wayne County Commission, serving the 10th district. Republican Shannon Price of Canton will face Plymouth Democrat James Amar after each won their August primary race.
- State House of Representatives, 20th District: Incumbent Republican Kurt Heise of Plymouth will look to retain his seat against Democrat Tim Roraback of Plymouth.
- State House of Representatives, 21st District: In the 21st District, Democratic incumbent Dian Slavens of Canton looks to retain her seat against Republican Joe Barnabei of Romulus.
Plymouth Township races
- Plymouth Township supervisor: Republican incumbent Richard Reaume will run against Independent challenger Richard Sharland.
- Plymouth Township clerk: Nancy Conzelman won the Republican primary election against incumbent Joe Bridgman and is running unopposed.
- Plymouth Township treasurer: For treasurer, Republican incumbent Ron Edwards faces off against Democratic challenger Rita White.
- Plymouth Township trustees: Four Republicans and two Democrats are seeking four spots on the Plymouth Township Board of Trustees. Republican incumbents Kay Arnold, Michael Kelly and Robert Doroshewitz are looking to retain their seats and each were successful in the August primary. Looking to return to office after a four-year hiatus is Republican Charles Curmi. Democrats Alanna Maguire and Joanne Lamar also will appear on the November ballot, challenging the incumbents.
Canton Township races
- Canton Township supervisor: Supervisor Philip LaJoy is unopposed for his supervisor seat. No primary opposition.
- Canton Township clerk: Clerk Terry Bennett is unopposed for her seat. No primary opposition.
- Canton Township treasurer: Treasurer Melissa McLaughlin is unopposed for her seat. No primary opposition.
- Canton Township trustees: Republican incumbent trustees Gregory Demopoulos, John Anthony and Pat Williams will look to retain their seats, while Democrat Dr. Syed Taj leaves to pursue U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter's recently vacated seat in the 11th district congressional election. The incumbents are joined in the race by Republican Thomas Yack and Democrat Steven Sneideman.
- Canton Public Library Board of Trustees (non-partisan): Six candidates look to fill six positions on the Canton Public Library Board of Trustees: Incumbents James Fausone and Kim Schulz, Michelle Farell, former Plymouth-Canton school board member Nancy Eggenberger, Sommer Foster and Thomas Hartnett. No primary.
State ballot proposals
Here are the six state proposals on the Nov. 6 ballot in Michigan.
- Proposal 12-1: The Emergency Manager Law would expand the powers of emergency managers in municipalities and school districts and allow the governor to appoint emergency managers.
- Proposal 12-2: Right to Collective Bargaining is a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would make collective bargaining a right for public and private workers.
- Proposal 12-3: Renewable Energy Standard is a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would require 25 percent of the state’s electricity to come from renewable energy sources.
- Proposal 12-4: Quality Home Care is a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would give home health care workers limited collective bargaining rights.
- Proposal 12-5: Limit Enactment of New State Taxes is a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would require a two-thirds majority of the state legislature or a statewide vote to raise state taxes.
- Proposal 12-6: Require Vote on International Bridges is a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would require a statewide vote to build international bridges or tunnels. This would affect the New International Trade Crossing (or new bridge to Canada).
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