Thursday, November 22, 2012
James Amar, who lost to Shannon Price on Nov. 6, thanks supporters and congratulates opponent in letter to editor.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
I want to thank the members of my family, and the volunteers and supporters who participated in the campaign I conducted to become elected Wayne County Commissioner for the Tenth District. Although I was unsuccessful in winning the election, I am extremely grateful to the people who stepped up to lend a hand and the confidence they had in me as a candidate. In addition, I want to thank the thousands of persons who voted for me and I deeply appreciate the civility and respect I was treated with by so many of the residents of the district who gave me the time to let me introduce my self when I knocked on doors and informed them I was a candidate for Wayne County Commissioner. I offer my sincerest congratulations to Shannon Price, his …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
New trustees, incumbents swear in at ceremony at Canton Township Hall.
The faces on the Canton Township Board of Trustees might look different when the board hosts its first meeting next week, but Township Supervisor Phil LaJoy said it will be business as usual. Newly elected trustees Steven Sneideman and Thomas Yack took their oaths of office Tuesday at the Canton Administration Building Tuesday by Judge Michael Gerou from the 35th District Court. Sneideman and Anthony will join LaJoy, treasurer Melissa McLaughlin, clerk Terry Bennett and incumbent trustees Pat Williams and John Anthony. While Yack, who once held LaJoy's seat, has extensive experience on the board, Sneideman is beginning his first term after becoming the top vote-getter in a tight Nov. 6 vote, in which he, Yack, Williams and Anthony narrowly…
Monday, November 19, 2012
State Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton) urges unity in op-ed for Patch.
Monday, November 19, 2012
In the wake of the 2012 General Election, there have been many calls for our state and our nation to come together in a renewed spirit of bi-partisanship. For all of us who attest to the wisdom in the phrase “united we stand, divided we fall,” it is clear that we all need to come together. We have a simple question to answer before this goal can become a reality, though. What are we to unify behind? Shall we unify behind an individual? How about a single political party? As a student of history, I would recommend that we avoid either of these approaches as they tend not to end well. In their stead, though, I would submit that the best choice would be to unify behind the core principles that all of us have unified behind since our …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
David Curson beat out Kerry Bentivolio to serve the rest of Thaddeus McCotter's term.
Republican Kerry Bentivolio may have won the general election Tuesday to represent Michigan's 11th District in Congress, but he lost the special election to fill the remainder of Thaddeus McCotter's term. Democrat David Curson beat Bentivolio and will serve the rest of McCotter's term, which ends Dec. 31. Bentivolio will take over in January for a two-year term. The vote to fill a partial term was added to the ballot when McCotter resigned from the position in July after it was discovered that his campaign failed to turn in the requisite number of signatures to run for re-election this past Tuesday. His seat has been vacant for the past four months. Curson received 159,267 votes, or 51 percent of the vote, and Bentivolio received 151,740 …
Election Day is over, but you can relive the excitement in these photos.
The ballots have been cast and the votes counted. The excitement of Election Day 2012 lives on, however, in these photographs taken throughout the day in Plymouth and Canton. Feel free to share your own favorite Election Day snapshots here, too!
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Price beats out Democrat James Amar for County Commissioner.
Republican Shannon Price defeated Democrat James Amar on Tuesday in the race for Wayne County Commissioner, 10th District, according to unofficial election results. Price won all three municipalities—Plymouth, Plymouth Township and Canton Township—in his 10th District race over Amar. Price earned 9,515 votes to Amar's 5,358 in Plymouth Township. He also held the edge in the City of Plymouth, with 2,495 votes to Amar's 2,000. In Canton, Price received 20,080 votes to Amar's 19,558.
A local breakdown of key races, according to municipality.
President Barack Obama received a majority of voters' support Tuesday in Plymouth and Canton en route to winning Michigan and, ultimately, the electoral college. In the City of Plymouth, Obama's 2,689 votes held the edge over opponent Mitt Romney's 2,506. In Canton Township, Obama's 25,017 topped Romney's 19,907. Plymouth Township voters favored Romney, however, with 9,557 for the former Massachusetts governor and 7,364 votes for the president. Canton Township supported its outgoing trustee, Democrat Dr. Syed Taj, in his unsuccessful bid for Michigan's 11th Congressional District. Taj earned 23,255 votes in his hometown, to Republican Kerry Bentivolio's 17,804. Taj also polled well in the City of Plymouth, with 2,456 to Bentivolio's 2,…
Charles Curmi joins incumbents on Plymouth Township Board of Trustees.
Charles Curmi is back on the Plymouth Township Board of Trustees. The longtime Republican trustee, who took a work-related hiatus from public office in 2008, won his seat back in a Tuesday election dominated by Republican township candidates, according to unofficial election results released early Wednesday. Curmi will join incumbent Republican trustees Kay Arnold, Michael Kelly and Robert Doroshewitz. In the treasurer's race, incumbent Republican Ron Edwards defeated Democrat Rita White. Supervisor Richard Reaume, a Republican, defeated Richard Sharland, an independent. Clerk-elect Nancy Conzelman, who defeated incumbent Joe Bridgman in the Aug. 7 primary, ran unopposed in Tuesday's vote.
Dian Slavens wins re-election bid against Joe Barnabei.
Rep. Dian Slavens (D-Canton) easily retained her 21st District House seat against challenger Joe Barnabei (R-Van Buren), according to unofficial results. "I think people are happy with what I've done in Lansing in this last term," Slavens said at an Election Day party Tuesday at Canton Coney Island. Slavens said her focus in her next term will be on investing in education and helping middle class families. She said she also hopes to focus on emphasizing government accountability in the wake of a ballot-rigging scandal in the House this year. Slavens said she is excited to get started on her next term. "I wish the best to (Barnabei) and his family and I look forward to moving forward and working for the 21st district," she said. Dian …
Former school board president Sneideman, longtime township supervisor Yack join incumbents Pat Williams and John Anthony.
One year removed from failing to keep his seat in a close Plymouth-Canton Board of Education race, Steven Sneideman had something to smile about Tuesday. Sneideman, a former school board member and past school board president, led all candidates in Tuesday's election for the Canton Township Board of Trustees with nearly 22 percent of the vote. Sneideman, a Democrat, will join the board with Republican Thomas Yack, a former township supervisor seeking a return to the board. Republican incumbents Pat Williams and John Anthony also earned new terms, while Republican Gregory Demopoulos fell short in his bid to retain his seat on the board. "It’s surprising," Sneideman said of his vote total. "I was just hoping for fourth place." Sneideman …