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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.


 

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

 

Angela Cady (left) and David Haener are competing for a partial-term trustee spot during the Nov. 6 election.

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 for a partial trustee term on the township board. 

Those candidates are Angela Cady and David Haener. Both candidates were sent questions to answer, along with the opportunity to write a letter to Huron residents. 


Angela (Mercure) Cady, nickname: Angie

Husband, Mike Cady. Children, Samantha; Sabrina; Jonathan

Occupation: National Sales Manager, WDIV Local 4

Education:   MBA, DePaul University, BBA, Western Michigan University, Honors College Graduate, Western Michigan University

Huron Township Residents,

 My name is Angie (Mercure) Cady and I am asking for your vote on Tuesday, November 6 for Huron Township Trustee.

I grew up not far from here in Rockwood and moved to Huron Township in 2007 when I married my husband, Mike, and became a parent to my three “kids by choice” – Samantha, Sabrina and Jon

I am a parishioner at St. Stephen Catholic Church and volunteer at their annual festival. I have volunteered as President of the St. Stephen Parent Guild and other school related activities, coached soccer and cheerleading and taught Sunday school.

I was raised with the understanding that being a part of a community means positively participating in that community.

I am running for Trustee because I believe Huron Township is a great place to live and raise a family. As Southeast Michigan continues to see growth and revitalization, I would like to use the skills I have gained through my professional career to help the township be a part of the growth without losing its sense of community. 

I am asking for your support on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Feel free to reach out via my Facebook page: Angie Cady for Huron Township Trustee.

Thank you for your consideration!

Questions and answers:

Q: What fresh, or new ideas do you plan to bring to the township board?

A: I will bring a new perspective, energy and open-minded attitude which all create an idea generating environment.

Q: What will be a goal you’d like to achieve while serving on the board?

A: Communication. There are issues and concerns that Huron Township residents have that we, as a Township, cannot always change due to federal, state and county laws and procedures that must be followed. I will work hard to understand the issues, explore solutions and implement changes and, most importantly, help develop channels to communicate what is happening.

Q: What makes you qualified for this position?

A: My professional career, along with volunteering with various groups and organizations, has given me a skill set that allows me to work together with a team to analyze, problem solve, explore and implement solutions. I have a great work ethic, integrity and a strong desire to make a positive impact.

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

A: I believe communication is key!  The Huron Township Department of Public Safety Facebook page is a great example. As a resident, you may not always agree with the decisions made by the department, but their Facebook page is a great resource that lets you know what they are doing in the community and persons or situations that are a threat to your safety. Accessible, timely and accurate information is so important.

Q: Will you be accessible to them for their concerns?

Absolutely!  Technology makes it very easy to stay connected. If elected, I would look forward to and welcome residents to ask questions, give an opinion or a suggestion if they saw me pumping gas at Chapps or a Huron Chiefs basketball game.


David Haener

Thank you for the opportunity to introduce myself to our fellow residents of Huron Township. I am David Haener and I am a Democrat running for Huron Township Trustee. I was born and raised right here in this great community. I attended grade school here and started volunteering at a very early age. Service above self is something I learned from a large loving family and close friends.

I am a proud graduate of the University of Detroit with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. While in college I also studied Economics and Education and was offered jobs by two of my professors, one to work in economics studying the effects of NAFTA and the other to teach in the math department. After graduating, I secured a position as a software developer with an early internet startup. I worked on projects for the PBA, 1996 Olympics, AirTran, and many others in my early years.

With my 24 years of experience in business and technology, I’ve worked hand in hand with small and large businesses, government entities, and non-profits. I’ve continuously proven my ability to help them grow, prosper and create jobs. I have a keen knowledge of technology and marketing, and an out of the box business acumen. I have been responsible for budgets, contracts, timelines and projects for companies like Xerox, Home Depot, MCI, Roche, IBM, Motorola, as well as small Mom and Pop shops. On occasion, I was able to help those small businesses generate over a million dollars in new revenue.

In 2011 I refocused my career and began volunteering more and working with non-profits. I saw working with non-profits as a way to start giving back to the community and working to make things better. I brought my business and technology background with me to help reduce costs and enhance services. Having new access to research has reminded me of what I learned in education courses while studying in college: education is key to the long-term prosperity and opportunity for individuals and their community.

Born into a family with strong beliefs, I learned about God and service to others very early. I am a member and volunteer with the Sons of The American Legion and the Yankee Air Museum, in honor of my father, who fought in WWII and was a member of both. I currently serve as a member of the parish council at St. Stephen’s in New Boston, where my mother and father were both active members and volunteers. I am a member and volunteer with:

Michigan Democratic Party (Elected precinct delegate)
Southwestern Wayne Democratic Club (VP)
12th Congressional District Democrats (Executive Board)
Huron Township Historical Society
Huron Township Rotary
Sierra Club

These organizations have helped me serve the community and form friendships with community leaders as well as local, state, and federal policymakers. Building these relationships is essential for helping our township move forward. My family has lived in Huron Township since 1918 when my grandparents moved from Detroit to farm, bringing 7 children. It had been a blessing growing up in such a family oriented community and living within a mile of my aunts, uncles and so many cousins. Haeners have been very active in their communities whether in the Military, Church, Politics, Unions, Volunteering or Education. I will bring that kind of service above self to the position of Huron Township Trustee.

In closing, I will make sure our township is living within its means and being fiscally responsible while keeping our residents and visitors safe. I will not allow wasteful spending on projects that are not needed or ill-conceived. I will work hard to stop the deterioration that is going on in our community. I will be your strong voice on the board. I will ask and answer the hard questions our residents want to be answered. I will make myself available when it is good for you! I will not duck out the back because you are my boss and I will be accountable to you!

Questions and answers:

Q: What fresh, or new ideas, do you plan to bring to the township board?

A: I have been studying Ann Arbor’s plan to bypass the railroad in their community and talking with the county, state, and federal officials on an alternative to an overpass. We need to be open to new ideas to solve this serious problem that is crippling our community until we find a solution that works. I also see great opportunities for more recreational spaces and activities in the township. We need to give people a reason to go into our villages and patronize our businesses!

Q: What will be a goal you’d like to achieve while serving on the board?

A: More community involvement! I will be working with residents to come up with new and fun
things we can do as a community. We will develop partnerships to provide more activities in our
township. We are blessed with this beautiful township; let’s start taking advantage of its
splendor!

My long-term goal is to work on train issues; this is not just an inconvenience to residents, this is a health and safety issue. I have built strong relationships with elected officials who can help to resolve this serious problem. We have to be the change that we wish to see in the world and I
am prepared to lead on this!

Q: What makes you qualified for this position?

A: I have 24 years as a business and technology consultant and have been in charge of
multi-million dollar projects for fortune 500 companies as well as small mom and pop stores on a budget. These companies have counted on me to me to solve complex problems with outside of the box solutions. I plan on using this skill set for the residents of Huron Township.
Along with my professional experience, I have done a lot of volunteer work side by side with
members of both parties for the betterment of our community. Huron deserves someone who will work hard and can get things done!

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

A: I believe in open government which means the residents deserve to have access to the
documents of the township. Making government information available to the public is a
requirement for an informed citizenry and an accountable government. I will always answer your questions, even the hard questions. If a resident asks a question at a board meeting that cannot be answered on the spot, I will do my research and report back at the next meeting.

Q: Will you be accessible to them and their concerns?

A: Yes! I have breakfast uptown most Saturdays around 9 a.m. and if you know me, you know I
love to visit! You can also catch me at events with the following groups: Rotary Club, 12th
Congressional District, St. Stephen’s Parish Council and the Southwestern Wayne Democratic
Club. You can always call or text me at 734-252-9252. I return calls in the evenings and on
weekends.


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Election 2016: Huron Township election results

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By Scott Bolthouse
Hub Editor
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com
Updated Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 8:15 a.m.

It’s well after 11 p.m. in Huron Township on election day 2016, and the local results for the election are in.

7,957 ballots were cast in Huron Tuesday out of 11,939 registered voters.

Incumbent Supervisor David Glaab will retain his position, edging out challenger David Haener. Glaab received 3,938 votes to Haener’s 3,586.

Incumbent Clerk Kathleen Van Wasshnova will also keep her position on the township board, receiving 4,134 votes to challenger Antoinette Gracia’s 2,993 votes.

Treasurer candidate Colleen Lazere will be a new face on the board, receiving 3,907 votes over incumbent Treasurer Linda Spangler’s 3,386 votes.

Trustee candidates John Chont, Michael Glaab, David Patterson, and Jeremy Cady took the most votes in the race for the board’s four trustee spots.

In the race for State Representative for the 23rd District, Bob Howey got more votes in Huron than challenger Darrin Camilleri, 3,983 to 3,399.

There were several write-ins for each position on the ballot in Huron.

On the presidential level, Donald Trump won by a large margin in Huron Township, receiving 4,765 votes to Hillary Clinton’s 2,700.

In comparison, I put a presidential poll on the Huron Hub’s front page, and in that non-scientitic poll, Trump received 120 votes to Clinton’s 43 votes.

View the full election results courtesy of the the Huron Township Clerk’s office HERE.

Congratulations to the candidates who will hold their positions, as well as to the new faces that will be sitting on the board come January.


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Meet the candidates: Colleen Lazere running for treasurer in Huron Township

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

Back in April, I invited every person running in Huron the chance to use the Huron Hub as a platform to get their voice heard. All letters were written personally by the candidates themselves, and were left unedited.

Readers can access previously published candidate letters HERE. Make sure to scroll down to view all submissions.


Colleen Lazere

Colleen Lazere

My name is Colleen Lazere and I am running for Huron Township Treasurer. For those I have not had the pleasure in meeting I want to give you a chance to get to know who I am and why I am running.

It started twenty-one years ago when I moved into Huron Township. I had attended a Huron School Board meeting after hearing community members say that the district is hopeless, in financial ruin and that things would never change. The Huron School District was falling apart and the 1.2 million dollar debt wasn’t being addressed. I wanted a better district for my family and for my community.

A few months later I ran for the Huron School Board and was elected. From day one I reviewed the budgets line by line, analyzing all income, questioning all expenses and keeping the focus on the education of our children. It took many battles but we were able to diminish all the debt and are now one of the top-rated school districts in Wayne County. This was not by luck. This was not from a growing economy with a higher tax base. In fact, funding is lower now than it has ever been for Michigan schools. This was from forward thinking, dedication and listening to the community members.

However, now my attention is focused on Huron Township where I am beginning to hear the same worries about hopelessness, financial struggles and that things would never change.

We deserve leaders who are willing to put in the full effort with creative and resourceful solutions to our issues. With budgets always being a top priority, we have to be able to ensure that our core services remain intact no matter what the economy throws at us. We need strategic planning where we define our short-term and long-term visions and accomplish them with bold initiatives that move Huron forward.

Here is what you can expect from me, if elected.

Financial Stability

The issue with most municipalities is that they do not plan accordingly for when property taxes begin to diminish, resulting in a lower revenue stream. I have proven, with my time on the school board, that future planning and maintaining financial stability is one of my strengths. When a struggling economy strikes again we should be able to maintain our core services, such as public safety, without any cutbacks.

We need to ensure short term and long term financial goals are not only met, but that the budget priorities reflect the objectives of the board for the best interest of the community.  Addressing our unfunded liabilities, planning for the future and building relationships with the county and state will enhance opportunities for the entire township.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

One of the key factors to surviving a medical emergency is speed.  I understand that every minute is crucial and that timely treatments drastically improve the outcome of many critical conditions.  Our residents should not have to wait for medical services to come from outside our township’s borders.  We deserve in-house response teams.  The current board elected to hire a private company to cover our emergency medical services because of poor financial planning.  This has posed a major safety concern within our community.  If elected, I will work diligently in reviewing and securing all funds.

Accessible & Transparent

I will be in the office. I will answer your emails and phone calls. I will make certain that all bids, contracts, agendas, minutes and budgets are posted  in a timely manner. I will remain focused on the needs of the community by building relationships and gaining your trust.

The Pinnacle Property

Every day we continue to drive by the overgrown weeds and bitterness of allowing such a bad decision to plague our township.  The land is owned by Wayne County but that does not mean we do not have a voice. We need to be building strong and assertive relationships with Wayne County to figure out what avenues can be taken to bring beauty back to Sibley Road.

Listed below are a little more details about me and some additional qualifications

  • Resident of Huron Township for over twenty years
  • Married and have four children and seven grandchildren
  • Huron School Board Member for over twenty years
  • Huron School Board President for seven years
  • Huron School Finance Committee for twenty years
  • Associate of Science in Laboratory Technology
  • Actively pursuing accounting degree
  • Member of St. Stephen Parish
  • Member of the Local Development Finance Authority
  • Member of the Michigan School Board Association
  • Member of the American Society of Clinical Pathologist
  • Former Parks and Recreation Chairperson
  • Former Huron Schools Band Booster
  • Former religious education teacher

You may contact me with questions or concerns at 734-753-3827.

lazerthat@hotmail.com


 

Meet the candidates: David Patterson running for trustee in Huron Township

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

Back in April, I invited every person running in Huron the chance to use the Huron Hub as a platform to get their voice heard. All letters were written personally by the candidates themselves, and were left unedited.

Readers can access previously published candidate letters HERE. Make sure to scroll down to view all submissions.


James Patterson

David Patterson

Hello, my name is David Patterson, and I have lived in Huron Township for 45 years; having been born and raised in Wayne County. I graduated from Madonna University with a Bachelor of Science degree. I also earned credits towards Public Administration from Eastern Michigan University. I am a United States Air Force veteran from the Vietnam era, with an honorable discharge as an E-5 Staff Sergeant. My career in law enforcement began in 1971 with the Huron Township Police Department. I graduated from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Academy, ranking Fourth out of 29 students. During my career in the Township, I was instrumental in forming Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) programs in the Huron School District. I served as an interview panelist for Wayne County Sheriff deputies and Van Buren Township police officers positions. I coordinated security detail for the Presidential train caravan through Huron Township; worked on Cop’s Universal Hiring Program scheduling; conducted background investigations of new employees, and maintained the 911 emergency system. I retired as a Lieutenant in 2001.

As a Huron Township Trustee, I will focus on conscientious economics and sustainable community development throughout the Township. My platform to make Huron Township more efficient and effective includes my being accessible, accountable, and a passionate advocate for Huron Township.

I support the Township’s right to clean water, access to recreation, and responsible economics for the Township. I am committed to providing innovative leadership for Huron Township residents. As a trustworthy member of a service-oriented government, I will strive to promote the strong pride we all have in our community through investment in cost-effective, economic development. Partnering with adjoining municipalities for greater access to state and federal resources is a must in today’s environment.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns, and please vote on November 8, 2016.

David Patterson
pattfarms@prodigy.net