By Scott Bolthouse
Hub Editor In Chief
On Tuesday, Nov. 4, residents of Huron Township and across the state will be deciding on candidates and key issues that will certainly effect Michigan’s future.
Some of the hottest races on a state-wide level include the races for Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, a highly contested spot for State Senator and a race for Michigan’s 12th congressional district (which stretches from Detroit’s western suburbs to Ann Arbor).
Alongside the other state-wide ballot issues are multiple judicial races and a spot for County Executive. This election cycle will surely be interesting on a state level.
Here in Huron Township, we have candidates vying for a partial term on the Board of Trustees, a race for the Huron Township School Board and a spot for the Representative for the 23rd District in the State Legislature. The 23rd District includes residents in the communities of Gibraltar, Trenton, Woodhaven, Brownstown, Grosse Ile and Huron Township.
For the race for Trustee, Democrat Claude E. Wright faces Republican Michael Stach for a partial term that will end on Nov. 20, 2016.
For a six-year term on the Huron School Board, residents will have the chance to vote for three out of four candidates: Milos Vladimir Milacic, Jack Richert, Trena L. Szawara or Alice A. Whited.
The State Representative race has Republican incumbent Pat Somerville challenged by Democrat David Haener. Both candidates reside in New Boston.
As far as proposals go, Huron residents will be voting on three distinct issues. Proposal 14-1, A referendum of Public Act 520 from 2012, establishes a hunting season for wolves and authorizes an annual wolf hunting season. Proposal 14-2, a referendum of Public Act 21 from 2013, grants the Natural Resources Commission the power to designate wolves and certain other animals as game without legislative action.
The only county proposal on the ballot comes from the Wayne County Retirement Commission, and the language on the ballot is a follows:
“SECTION 6.112 OF THE WAYNE COUNTY HOME RULE CHARTER APPOINTS THE WAYNE COUNTY EXECUTIVE AND THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE WAYNE COUNTY COMMISSION AS MEMBERS OF THE WAYNE COUNTY RETIREMENT COMMISSION. SECTION 6.112 AUTHORIZES THE WAYNE COUNTY EXECUTIVE TO APPOINT A DESIGNEE TO REPRESENT HIM/HER ON THE RETIREMENT COMMISSION.”
Polls are open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information on the candidates, the proposals, precinct information or to see a sample ballot, visit The Michigan Voter Information Center website.
Check back with The Huron Hub for updates and results from election night.