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UPDATED: Goodland road millage, Almont override fall short


Lapeer County election results from Nov. 6



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November 07, 2018
UPDATED AS OF 9:15 A.M. on November 6

LAPEER COUNTY — Goodland Township was one of the first precincts in the Tri-City area to report election results on Tuesday night but the results of the road millage weren't what township leaders were hoping for. Voters turned down a 1.5 mills, four year proposal to repair the roads by an 89 vote margin: 452 to 363. This was the third time in recent years that the township put a road millage before voters.

The Almont School District saw mixed results on Tuesday. Voters approved the non-homestead millage on the ballot (1,732 to 1,205) but their request for a Headlee Override for their sinking fund was turned down (1,556 no to 1,370 yes).

In Imlay City, Kelly Villanueva (541), Frank Demske (526) and Stu Davis (456) all earned four-year terms on the city commission. Ted Sadler (445) will get a two-year seat on the commission. Coming in fifth place was Allen Rosenbalm with 389 votes.

As of midnight, Dryden School's operating millage proposal was on its way toward passage. District voters in Metamora and Almont townships had yet to be counted but with Dryden and Attica townships reporting the measure has 1,332 yes votes to 851 no votes. The final vote tally was 1,418 yes to 918 no.

In Imlay City, incumbent school board members Greg Dennis and Sharon Muir appeared on their way toward re-election in a three-way race for two seats. Final results gave Muir 3,062 votes; Dennis with 2,564 and coming in third was challenger Virgil Love with 1,052.

Imlay City district voters also approved an operating millage proposal: 2,776 to 1,977.

Although many still needed to be counted, Republican candidates for the Michigan House and Senate were faring well in early returns. Kevin Daley had more than double the votes of Democrat Cynthia Luczak in the contest for the 31st senate district. The district also includes Tuscola and Bay counties. On Wednesday morning, Daley posted a message on Facebook to his supporters saying it appeared he was successful in his bid to go to the Senate.

Similarly, Gary Howell was clearly is on his way towards earning another two years in the Michigan House as Lapeer County's 82nd District Representative with more than 9,700 votes compared to Democrat Christopher Giles' 3,680. With all precincts reporting, Howell received 26,616 and Giles came away with 11,517.

As of midnight, Probate Judge Justus Scott was prevailing in his re-election bid against current Prosecutor Mike Sharkey. Scott had nearly 7,800 votes to Sharkey's 4,100 and he maintained that lead throughout the night. The final vote tally was Scott with 21,881 votes and Sharkey with 12,191.

Although she technically dropped out of the race for Lapeer County's 7th commission district, Democrat Sarah Graver netted 1,630 votes from residents in Almont and Imlay City. Incumbent Republican Ian Kempf handily won another term with 3,529 votes.

Maria Brown joined the Tri-City Times staff in 2003, the same year she earned a bachelor's degree in English from Calvin College. Born and raised in Imlay City, she and her family reside in the Capac area where she enjoys gardening and reading.
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