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Government meetings are now streamed, archived online

Township meetings are in one convenient spot online

By Scott Bolthouse |The Huron Hub | ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Huron Township government meetings are now being streamed on a recently launched website.

Visit the website at this link: hurontownship.viebit.com/

The website live streams all board and commission meetings, and also hosts an archive of past meetings.

A few bugs on the website might be present at times though, Clerk Jeremy Cady said.

For a schedule of monthly meetings, visit the board and commissions tab on the township’s website by visiting this link.


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Camilleri appointed as House Democratic whip; announces assistant whips

State Rep. Darrin Camilleri speaking on the House floor. (Photo courtesy of Michigan House Democrats.)

By Scott Bolthouse |The Huron Hub | ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

State Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown Township) was appointed as Democratic Whip by House Democrat leadership on Dec. 28.

Camilleri, who is entering his second term representing the 23rd District, will serve in the position for 2019-2020.

During his first term, Camilleri served as assistant Democratic leader and sat on the Education Reform and Energy Policy committees. He was also the minority vice chair for Commerce and Trade.

“I’m excited to take on this new leadership role in the State House because I can bring an even stronger voice to the table for Downriver and our issues,” Camilleri said in a statement.

“The people of Michigan made their voices heard on Election Day, and they want a government that works for them and puts their needs ahead of corporate profits. I’m grateful for the opportunity to work alongside my colleagues to make Lansing work for working families and to provide real solutions to the challenges Michiganders face every day. Together, we’re ready to roll up our sleeves and finally fix our roads and bridges, protect our water and air, and ensure Michiganders have the strong paychecks and good benefits they need to take care of themselves and their families.”

On Thursday, Camilleri announced his assistant whips. They are Reps. John Cherry (D-Flint Township); Kevin Coleman (D-Westland); Padma Kuppa (D-Troy); Mari Manoogian (D-Bloomfield Township).

“This leadership team reflects the new face and energy of the House Democrats, who remain committed to fighting for the wages and benefits of working families across the state, a world-class education for every Michigander, and the safe roads we need to drive on,” Rep. Camilleri said. “I’m looking forward to working with this team to ensure that the priorities of everyday Michiganders are the focus of the work that’s done in the House,” Camilleri said.

The 23rd House District includes the communities of Brownstown Township, Gibraltar, Grosse Ile Township, Huron Township, Trenton, and Woodhaven.


 

Camilleri reelected as state representative for 23rd District

State Rep. Darrin Camilleri

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

State Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown Township) was reelected to represent the 23rd District during the 2018 election.

“I’m immensely proud of our team of volunteers and supporters who worked so hard to carry our message to voters across Downriver,” Camilleri said in a statement Wednesday morning.

“It’s because of your continued support, your belief, and your collective action that we were able to be successful here tonight. Thank you for fighting alongside me every day as we work toward better opportunity for all Downriver families.”

Camilleri congratulated Republican challenger Michael Frazier on a good campaign and thanked voters across Downriver for their support during the election cycle.

“Throughout my first term in office, I’ve fought for the issues that Downriver families care about–quality healthcare, clean water, excellent public schools, and a Downriver that’s built to last. I’m excited and ready to continue our fight for a stronger Downriver, and with supporters like ours, I believe that anything is possible.”

Camilleri said that since being elected, he and his team have knocked on over 30,000 doors and made nearly 20,000 phone calls to constituents to talk about the issues facing Downriver.

In Huron Township, Camilleri received 3,287 votes to Frazier’s 3,284 votes in a very close race.

The 23rd District includes the communities of Brownstown Township, Gibraltar, Grosse Ile Township, Huron Township, Trenton, and Woodhaven.


Related: Huron Township election results

Huron Township election results are in

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Tuesday’s election results for Huron Township are in.

6,925 voters cast a ballot in Huron during the election.

Angela Cady edged out David Haener for a partial-term spot as trustee on the Huron Township Board.

Cady received 3,418 votes to Haener’s 2,925.

Current Clerk Jeremy Cady ran unopposed and will keep his partial-term seat on the board.

Here is a link to the full summary of election results submitted by the clerk’s office

In Huron, 3,566 voted for Bill Schuette, Republican candidate for governor, and 3,074 voted for Democrat challenger Gretchen Whitmer.

As of 10:40 p.m. Tuesday evening, Whitmer was projected by Fox News as the victor in the race for Michigan’s next governor.

All three state proposals received more yes votes than no votes in the township.

In a very tight local race, Darrin Camilleri, incumbent state representative for the 23rd District, received 3,287 votes to challenger Michael Frazier’s 3,284 votes in the township.

The 23rd District includes the communities of Brownstown Township, Gibraltar, Grosse Ile Township, Huron Township, Trenton, and Woodhaven.

Check back with the Huron Hub for further election results


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Election roundup for Tuesday voting in Huron Township

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Tuesday is election day and the results are sure to have an impact both locally and nationally.

The polls in Huron Township will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Analysts are saying that voter turnout could set records during the 2018 election.

Here is a list of helpful Huron Hub articles and other links for voters before they head to the polls on Tuesday:

View your sample ballot online before heading to the polls on Nov. 6

Meet the candidates: Cady, Haener vie for partial-term trustee spot on Huron Township board

Meet the candidates: Q&A with State Rep. Camilleri

Meet the candidates: Michael Frazier running for state representative for 23rd District

Huron Hub Facebook poll: Do you plan to vote on Nov. 6? 

Huron Hub Facebook poll: Do you support legalized recreational marijuana?

Huron Township precinct and voting locations

Michigan voter information center

Statewide ballot proposals in Michigan


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Meet the candidates: Michael Frazier running for state representative for 23rd District

Michael Frazier

Editor’s note: As the Nov. 6 election draws near, the residents in Huron Township would like to hear more about each candidate that is running for office or reelection.

During the 2016 election, The Huron Hub published a popular column called “meet the candidates,” which gave each candidate running for public office the chance to speak to the residents. 

On Nov. 6, residents will have the chance to vote for two candidates that are vying to be state representative for the 23rd District. 

Those candidates are incumbent State Rep. Darrin Camilleri and challenger Michael Frazier. Both candidates were sent questions to answer, along with the opportunity to write a letter to Huron residents. Below is Frazier’s response. 

Related: Meet the candidates: Q&A with State Rep. Camilleri


Greetings friends and neighbors!!

My name is Michael Frazier. I am the Republican nominee for State Representative in House District 23.

I’ve lived in Huron Township for 40 years. I’ve lived in Brownstown Township for 4 years. I currently reside in Huron Estates, in Huron Township.

I’ve worked at Faurecia Emissions for 19 years. I work on the production line. I also mig and tig weld.

I’m a certified/ licensed second degree black belt in Samurai Jukishin-Ryu Ju-Jitsu. I run in 5k events. And I’m a published author/ poet.

I’ve been involved in grassroots politics for the last eight years. I’ve helped on a few campaigns. I thoroughly enjoyed helping these candidates achieve their goals. Which is one of the reasons I’m running for office.

The idea of being a voice for the community really appeals to me. And inspires me! I love helping others. From my work experience I’ve learned when to follow and when to lead.
I would truly be honored to lead Huron Township and House District 23 in 2019 and beyond!
I love our little town. I want to help it flourish.

Thank you, Huron Hub, for this great opportunity to reach out to my friends and neighbors!

All my best,

Michael Frazier
Republican nominee
State Representative
House District 23

Q&A with Michael Frazier:

Q: What fresh, or new ideas, do you plan to bring to the 23rd District if you’re elected?

A: First I would like to contact each mayor and supervisor. I would plan a one-on-one meeting and a group meeting every 3 or 4 months. To see what their needs are and how I can help them. And how we can help each other. I would be accessible to them.
I would like to host job fairs. I plan on being very involved in our schools. I want the very best for our teachers and kids.

Q: What will be a goal you’d like to achieve while serving as state rep?

A: My goal would be to inspire each community to strive for excellence. To keep our police safe. To ensure all our First responders have everything they need to do their job. And to stay safe.

Q: What makes you qualified for this position?

A: I know I am qualified for this position because of my willingness to listen and help others. I have learned so much over the years from listening to State Reps. And helping them with their campaigns.

Q: What are your plans for being open with residents?

A: I plan on many town hall forums. I want to be able to talk to the community face to face. Also, be accessible through phone calls and social media. I will be 100% responsive.

Q: What do you think is the most important issue or issues facing the 23rd District, and the state as whole? In addition, how do you plan to address these issues?

A: There are so many issues to tackle. I truly feel the main two are: our kid’s education and our infrastructure. I want to be a leader/ advocate in education. To ensure our kids have the very best. To make sure they have what they need to be their best. And to be there for our teachers. Teachers are loving and caring people who want the best for our kids, too.

I plan on fighting for our roads, bridges and water. Not to be fixed, but to be replaced, if possible. Southern Wayne County has horrific roads and bridges. This is not acceptable. I want clean water for everyone. I want our water tested often to ensure its quality for our health.

Q: In Huron Township specifically, residents are frustrated by the consistent and daily blocking of the railroad crossings throughout the township. What will be your plans to address this major concern among residents?

A: If any person says they will “solve the problem” with the trains are not telling the truth. This is a federal issue. The city of Ann Arbor contested their train problems. It was dismissed by The judge. I can try my best to meet with the train companies board of directors to discuss our concerns. I would propose they shorten their hauls. So not all roads are blocked. I would also be in constant contact with our U.S. Congressional 12th district Congressperson. Maybe we could get some resolve from our friends in Washington.


 

Meet the candidates: Q&A with State Rep. Camilleri

State. Rep Darrin Camilleri

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

State Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown Township) will be up for reelection on Nov. 6.

As part of the Huron Hub’s meet the candidates column, Camilleri was sent questions that we hope will help voters as they make their way to the polls on election day.

Camilleri will be running against Michael Frazier for state rep for the 23rd District.

The 23rd District includes the communities of Brownstown Township, Gibraltar, Grosse Ile Township, Huron Township, Trenton, and Woodhaven.

Q&A with State Rep. Camilleri: 

Q: Since being elected state rep for the 23rd District, what do you believe has been your greatest success or successes?

A: I believe my greatest success has been securing the largest increase in funding for Downriver public schools in over a decade. Supporting our teachers and students has been one of my top priorities as a legislator, and I plan to keep fighting for adequate resources to make sure our students are set up for success. Another big win was successfully defending police and fire pensions when they were under attack. After a lifetime of service to keeping our communities safe, I believe first responders deserve a secure retirement that they can count on.

Q: What have been your greatest challenges?

A: My greatest challenge by far has been getting leaders in Lansing to prioritize Downriver’s infrastructure problems. We need a significant amount of funding to fix our roads, repair our bridges quickly, and build overpasses at our train crossings. I testified in front of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation to tell the stories of how blocked train crossings are impacting our communities–especially Huron Township–but our state budget has yet to reflect those needs.

Q: Moving forward, what do you think is the most important issue or issues facing the 23rd District, and the state as whole? In addition, how do you plan to address these issues?

A: It is abundantly clear to me and everyone else who works, lives, and even drives through this state that our state’s infrastructure needs serious help. Clearly, the 2015 transportation funding package has not been adequate in meeting our infrastructure needs, and we need to prioritize fixing our infrastructure in order to ensure that Michigan is a safe and desirable place to live and work.

In order to build a Michigan to last, we need to invest in our ​roads, bridges, rail safety and water infrastructure, and our state’s budget needs to be reflective of the serious need for repairs. To properly fund our infrastructure, we could pursue options such as bonding or a road warranty system, but we also need to seriously reassess our state’s tax structure to ensure that everyone pays their fair share and working families aren’t left footing the bill.

Q: In Huron Township specifically, residents are frustrated by the consistent and daily blocking of the railroad crossings throughout the township. What will be your plans to address this major concern among residents?

A: Because federal law prohibits the state from controlling how long trains are on the tracks, our best option is building an overpass. Of course, the most important component to making that happen is funding, which will have to come from all levels of government and the train companies. I’ve introduced a plan for how the state can help fund grade separations at problematic crossings in Michigan through a new MI-TRAIN fund. I’ll keep pushing this plan for as long as it takes, because after decades of inaction, our residents deserve relief.