On Aug. 6, it will be time for people across metro Detroit and Michigan to cast their ballots in primary elections. While there are no big races this year, like selecting candidates for governor or the U.S. Senate, there are still major issues in play.
Birmingham residents will be voting on a massive downtown development project that opponents say is too costly, while eight candidates are vying to take over Jim Fouts’ place as the mayor of Warren.
Here are some of the most significant races and proposals voters will see on the ballots in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties, as well as a list of new voting laws that were passed last November.
Three people are running in the mayor’s race, while 14 people are running for two seats on the city council.
- Glenda McDonald
- Elene Robinson
- Hubert Yopp
City council candidates
- Derrick Armstrong
- Khursheed Ash-ShaFii
- Kendrich Bates
- Carlton D. Clyburn Jr.
- Brian Donovan
- Antonio V. Ervin
- Nancy Gambrill
- Doris Harris
- Debra J. Humphrey
- Deblon Jackson
- Greg Johnson
- Norma Jean Lewis
- Temeko Manica
- Rodney Patrick
- Authorize marijuana locations within the City of Highland Park and require marijuana establishments to obtain a city marijuana license and State marijuana license.
- Authorize the following types of state operating licenses: grower, micro-business, processor, retailer, secure transporter and safety compliance facility.
- Establish standards for the granting, denial, suspension, and revocation of a city marijuana license.
- Require compliance with all applicable laws and ordinances by license holders and applicants.
- Create two districts within the City where marijuana facilities can be located.
Three people are running in the mayor’s race, while 12 people are running for four spots on the city council. All races are non-partisan.
- Maureen Miller Brosnan
- Bruce Tenniswood
- Laura Toy
City council candidates
- Scott Bahr
- Greg Coppola
- Jim Davis
- Rob Donovic
- Steve King
- Brandon McCullough
- Eileen McDonnell
- Kathleen McIntyre
- Gerald Perez
- Nicholas Turco
- Leo Weber
Livonia Public School District Operating Millage Renewal
The proposal would continue an 18-mill tax for the district’s revenue.
Livonia Public School District Sinking Fund Millage
The proposal would increase the tax rate to 1.6 mills, or $1.60 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation from 2020 to 2029. The millage would create a sinking fund for repairs and construction of school buildings, school security improvements and technology upgrades.
As current mayor Stacy Bazman’s term ends this year, three people are competing to take her place, including her son Ian Striz.
- Nicole Barnes
- Wheeler Marsee
- Ian Striz
Parking Structure Bond Proposal
The proposal would pass a bond sale to finance the city’s new parking deck, associated private retail space and extend Bates Street to Old Woodward in what’s to be the first phase of huge project in downtown Birmingham. The bond — “not to exceed $57.4 million,” according to ballot language — would be paid off over 30 years mainly with parking revenues.
The project is expected to cost $133 million, making it one of the most expensive developments in Birmingham.
Police and Fire Department Proposal
The proposal would raise annual special assessment levels of up to 2.30 mills, or $2.30 per $1,000 of taxable value, on property in the township that is not exempt from property taxes from 2019-33. The money would raise funds to maintain, operate and equip the police and fire departments. If the millage is approved in December, the revenue collected in the first year would be more than $9 million.
- Jim Fouts
- Lawrence Behr
- Douglas Chastney
- Kelly Colegio
- Brett Felton
- Matt Kuehnel
- Kristina Lodovis
- K.C. O’Higgins
- Chris Pasternak
- Scott Stevens
- John Dupray
- Kenneth Butler
- Gregory Nikkel
- Carl Weinreich
St. Clair Shores
City council candidates
- Peter Accica
- Ronald J. Frederick
- Ronald Hurd
- Justin Maniaci
- Gordon Miskelly
- Lawanda Turner
- Chris Vitale
The ordinance would enact a tax rate of 1.75 mills per year for five years beginning in July 2020. The millage would replace an expiring street millage for street construction, repairs, and lighting as well as sewer repairs and construction. The proposal is estimated to raise more than $2 million in its first year.
The ordinance would levy 4.8 mills per $1,000 of taxable value for three years beginning in July 2020. The millage would replace an existing millage that partially funds the police and fire departments, and is expected to produce more than $7 million in its first year.
New voting rules
Since the passage of Proposal 3 in the 2018 general election, voting is easier and more convenient than ever. While the new rights went into effect for the May 7 election, some communities will be implementing the changes for the first time.
- Any registered voter can now vote by absentee ballot without having to provide an excuse to local clerks.
- Applications for those ballots are available from county, township and city clerks’ offices or at Michigan.gov/vote.
- Completed ballots can be mailed or dropped off in person at your township or city clerk’s office.
- They must be signed and received by 8 p.m. on election day.
Registering to vote
- People can register to vote in person with their township or city clerk through Election Day. But if you wait until Election Day to register, it can’t be done at your voting precinct. It must be done at your local clerk’s office.
- Voters must verify their residence when registering to vote with one of these pieces of identification: a driver’s license or state identification card; a current utility bill; a bank statement, a paycheck or government check.
- The documents must contain the voters’ name and current address.
Poll times and where to find your local ballot
- Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- To find what’s on you local ballot and where to vote, go to michigan.gov/vote.
Staff writer Bill Laitner contributed to this report.
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