Election Day: Mayoral Races, Millages And More

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Tuesday is election day in Michigan. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, with voter turnout expected to be light.

Incumbent Mike Duggan is being challenged by state Sen. Coleman Young II for Detroit mayor in an election in which fewer than a fifth of the city’s 470,000 registered voters are expected at the polls.

Only 13 to 18 percent voter turnout is expected for Tuesday’s general election, according to city elections officials.

Mike Duggan, who was first elected months after a state-appointed manager filed for Detroit’s historic bankruptcy, is seeking a second four-year term against Young whose iconic father, Coleman A. Young, was Detroit’s first black mayor.

In the nonpartisan August primary, Duggan got more than 67 percent of the vote to Young’s nearly 27 percent.

Duggan, a former chief of the Detroit Medical Center, was first elected in 2013 and became the first white mayor in the city since 1973. Young, who had been a state representative, was elected to the Michigan Senate in 2010. He ran unsuccessfully in a 2009 special mayoral primary to complete the second term of convicted ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

Along with the mayor of Detroit, a number of suburban mayors are also facing challengers for their office.

Dearborn Mayor Jack O’Reilly Junior faces councilman Tom Tafelski, Pontiac Mayor Deirdre Waterman faces city councilman Mark Holland, Dearborn Heights Mayor Dan Paletko squares off against Lisa Hicks-Clayton, and Hamtramck incumbent Mayor Karen Majewski faces Councilman Mohammed Hassan.

[To find out where to vote and exactly what will be on the ballot in your community, visit Michigan Voter Information Center at this link]

Voters in Wayne County will decide a medical marijuana ordinance in Detroit, designating areas for dispensaries, with a separate proposal to licence and regulate the industry. Garden City wants to borrow money to improve streets. Southgate needs money to improve parks and recreation programs. Also a variety of school bond proposals in Garden City, Gibraltar, Lincoln, Northville, Taylor, Romulus, and Washtenaw districts.

In Oakland County, voters in Clawson are being asked to approve over $2 million in bonds to improve sidewalks. Keego Harbor asking for 4-mills for police funding, and a change in the city charter allowing for the seizure of property used in a crime, with those proceeds going toward street repair. Pleasant Ridge wants money to fund police pensions. Avondale Schools asking voters to approve a $30 million bond, with other school funding proposal on the ballot in Madison heights, Northville, Oxford, Royal Oak and Troy. .

In Macomb County, voters in Fraser decide a 3-mil levy for Public Safety, senior programs and recreation. Ex-councilman Matt Hemelberg–ousted from council in September’s council tribunal–is among five candidates for three council seats. Armada, Center Line and Warren Woods school district also have funding proposals on today’s ballot.

Along with local elections and ballot proposals, voters in Harper Woods and the Upper Peninsula will be voting replacements for their state House representatives. Democrat Brian Banks resigned as part of a plea bargain in January on fraud charges, while John Kivela took his own life in May following a second drunk driving arrest. Both were re-elected last fall despite their troubles.

Of the 75 counties holding local elections throughout Michigan, 49 of them will be using new election equipment made possible through the Secretary of State’s office. The new voting machines have improved digital optical-scan technology, making it easier to use for for voters and election administrators. Upgraded software will also save county and local clerks time and money in preparing for elections and providing election results. All 83 counties will have the new voting machines in time for next year’s mid-term elections.

[Check Wayne County results HERE]

[Check Oakland County results HERE]

[Check Macomb County results HERE]

© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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