SOUTHFIELD (WWJ) – Michigan voters have spoken: Here’s a rundown of results from local candidates, tax proposals and ballot issues that appeared on local ballots.
One of the issues approved by Detroit voters that is creating the most buzz is Proposition M. With more than 80 percent of precincts reporting, it appears the controversial city proposal which allows residents to have small amounts of marijuana at home is getting a “yes” vote by a two-to-one margin.
The measure allows adults over 21 to possess less than an ounce of marijuana on personal property without criminal prosecution. Supporters had said Detroit no longer has the police resources to go after people smoking small amounts of marijuana at home. Read more here.
Detroit voters also approved by nearly a two-to-one margin Proposal C, which some have called the “Chrystal Crittendon rule.” The proposal allows even greater powers for the city’s corporation counsel to bring suit without mayoral approval to enforce the city charter.
Voters also approved Proposal G, which allows the Detroit City Council to set guidelines on gifts for city officials and employees as part of their job.
Sheriff Benny Napoleon, Prosecutor Kym Worthy and Treasurer Raymond Wojtowicz were re-elected.
Results on local ballot issues show a millage increase for Wayne County Community College District is too close to call. The chancellor has said they would have to consider closing campuses if it failed.
Voters approved a proposal that authorizes the county commission rather that the county executive to establish the county budget and appropriation ordinance. Voters also approved a provision that allows the governor to remove the county executive from office.
Three other county-wide proposals — which dealt with an independent external auditor, membership on the county retirement commission, and the county commission’s power to approve compensation — were all defeated.
For a third time, Allen Park voters have rejected a tax increase to pay for a failed film studio. Voters did approve a proposal that would require the city of Allen Park to gain voter approval before issuing municipal bonds.
Voters in Grosse Pointe Woods struck down both a millage proposal and a road construction bond.
In Lincoln Park, voters shot down both a bond proposal and a Headlee Override millage proposal.
Riverview voters approved a city charter amendment that prohibits a person from holding elective city office if they are in default to the city by not being current on their water and tax bills.
Voters in Grosse Ile defeated a millage renewal for purchase of open space land, while they approved a millage to maintain current police department operations.
Voters in Huron and Redford townships defeated millage proposals for their respective jurisdictions, while voters in Sumpter Township approved a millage renewal for their fire department.
Two elected officials in Oakland County have been defeated, but it’s not Executive Brooks Patterson. The longtime county chief has won re-election with 57-percent of the vote.
Sheriff Mike Bouchard, Prosecutor Jessica Cooper and Treasurer Andy Meisner were also re-elected.
County Clerk Bill Bullard and Water Resources Commissioner John McCullough were defeated. Bullard lost to former State Rep Lisa Brown. Former Commissioner Jim Nash beat McCullough by about 7,000 votes.
Voters in Birmingham defeated a charter amendment that would have updated outdated restrictions for selling city-owned land and buildings.
Voters in Pontiac struck down a proposed charter that would have raised funds to help cover the cost of health insurance of retirees.
Oak Park voters approved a proposal that establishes a separate retirement system for the benefit of the city’s public safety officers.
Royal Oak voters approved a millage for police, fire and emergency medical services; while voters in Wixom approved a millage for police and fire, public works, and parks and recreation.
Voters in Milford Township struck down a millage for a skate park, while voters in Rochester Hills approved a proposal that would repurpose a drain bond millage for local roads.
In Troy, voters approved the recall of Mayor Janice Daniels. Read more here.
Sheriff Anthony Wickersham and Prosecutor Eric Smith has been elected to new four-year terms.
Voters rejected a millage hike proposal for Macomb Community College that would have raised money for technology and building improvements.
Chesterfield Township voters approved three tax hike proposals for police and fire protection.
While Macomb Township voters also agreed to pay more taxes for police protection, voters in Armada, Ray and Richmond townships rejected proposals that would have paid for more police protection.
A plan to consolidate the Ypsilanti and Willow Run school districts has been overwhelmingly approved. Tax money to fund the district was also approved.
Ypsilanti voters approved a proposal that makes the use or possession of a small amount of marijuana the lowest priority of police.
Ann Arbor voters split two tax proposals; They approved paying more taxes to improve and maintain city parks, but rejected a tax hike to fund art in public places.
John Dingell has won a 29th term in Congress. The downriver Democrat beat Cynthia Kallgren. Dingell has been in Congress since 1955.
Republican Candice Miller has been elected to another term in the 10th Congressional District. Miller represents parts of Macomb and St. Clair counties.
Democratic Representative John Conyers has defeated Republican Harry Sawicki to win his 25th term in Congress. The 83-year-old from Detroit had represented the 14th District for decades.
Democrat Gary Peters has won re-election to another two-year term in the re-drawn 14th Congressional District. Peters will represent people in a district that stretches from Oakland County into parts of Detroit and Wayne County.