Election results

We’ll skip the City of Farmington vote tallies for council and just congratulate Tom Buck, Mike Wiggins and Dave Wright, who earned the 2-year term. As expected, all 11 charter amendment proposals passed. All correct unenforceable, unwieldy or outdated provisions in the city charter, but people still vote against them. The greatest number of oppositional votes, 385, were cast against a charter amendment that would allow city council members to be appointed to a board or commission, without being considered a city employee.

And 175 people objected to changing “tax day,” the day when people and properties are counted on the tax rolls, from January 1 to December 31, so that it’s in line with state law.  Amazing.

The real excitement this year was in Farmington Hills, where voters returned incumbents, but newcomer Joe Mantey picked up more votes than former council appointee Robert Mason. Mason was also defeated last time around by Michael Bridges. Even though neither of them will serve, the vote tally is interesting. And much to my surprise, rabble-rouser Mary Johnston, who answered almost every question posed in the broadcast Council of Homeowners sponsored debate by veering way off the subject, made a fairly respectable showing.

Here are the tallies being broadcast on The Great 8:

Nancy Bates 5325

Michael Bridges 4710

Akil Hashim 434

Mary Johnston 1739

Joe Mantey 3676

Robert Mason 3580

Cheryl Oliverio 4040

Noreen Yuskowatz 1623

All four incumbents will be returning to the Farmington School Board (Frank Reid and Priscilla Brouillette picked up 4-year terms; Gary Sharp and Sheilah Clay ran unopposed for 6-year terms). Only newcomer Cindy Flynn got anywhere close, with more than 3,000 votes. I hope she finds that encouraging. This may have been a tough time to run for school board. When finances are tight and upheaval is around the corner, voters are even  less likely to vote for change. Here are the vote totals running on both Farmington 15 and The Great 8:

Umesh Gandhi 1281

Dennis Homant 626

Frank Reid 3744

Steven Stimson 1376

Priscilla Brouillette 3880

Cindy Flynn 3095

On to 2010!

–JH-G

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5 responses to “Election results

  1. So, we can now all rest easy knowing that the cliffhanger that was this last election is history. I, for one, feel great relief.

    Interestingly, given the fact that no seat on Farmington’s council was contested, I actually saw campaign lawn signs for Mr. Buck and Mr. Wiggins in a few places. What was that about? Excess funds? Ego stroking?

    • Manny

      When a person is running for a political position, they campaign to increase voter awareness. They campaign around town and talk to residents and businesses. When someone believes that a candidate is a good choice for a political position, they support that candidate. Often times, by putting a candidates sign on their lawn or business.

      When the election is over, the candidates stop by and thank people for their support, and collect the signs.

      It is clear that this is the second term for both Buck and Wiggins. As any aware citizen of the city of farmington would notice, both city council members used the same signs from their first campaign, nearly four years ago.

      Does it seem like excess funds? Farmington Council Members are paid $1,800 per year? That is $150 per month.

      If anything, simply increasing voter awareness about what is happening with their government is a worthwhile task. I think this fan of farmington is not a fan at all.

      • Manny – hope you didn’t pull a muscle on that one. You certainly have a circuitous path to justification. “Increasing voter awareness”? Really? Of an uncontested election? Unless you live under a rock, or in a hermetically sealed box, you knew there was an upcoming election.

        One would think that, in this case, it would have been far more productive to use the time and energy spent campaigning to a loftier goal – say, volunteer work, or civic projects. Which then would generate positive local media attention, thereby ‘killing two birds with one stone’.

        Candidates generally distribute signs and promotional material when they have challengers. This just seemed odd, that’s all. If they used last campaign’s material – OK. I made no judgement of these guys, just asked a couple of questions, and pointed out the peculiarity (to me) of the display in relation to the situation.

        BTW… nearly all of the members of council have day jobs…they generally meet only once a month – so that’s $150 per meeting. Not a king’s ransom, but not bad for a few hours’ work. Why you brought this up in relation to campaign funds (which is another matter entirely), I’m not sure.

  2. Terry Elsey

    Probably the most interesting number is that Cindy Flynn was within 700-800 votes of Frank Reid Prissy. Given that there most estimates put the number of school employee votes at 1200 (those go mostly where the union tells them to vote), this clearly shows that the rest of us don’t think the school district is doing a very good job.

    There were 6378 votes cast for change on this one issue. Hardly a resounding victory for Sue Z’s rubber stamp.

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