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A state law that allows tax dollars to go to private and parochial schools is making its way through the courts.  The Michigan Court of Appeals heard arguments in the lawsuit against the state on Tuesday.


Voters in Superior Township have approved tax increases for both police and fire services.

Former State Representative Jeff Irwin will be favored to win the 18th District State Senate seat in November. The Ann Arborite won the Democratic Primary race by 239 votes over Washtenaw County Commissioner Michelle Deatrick. He also beat out Anuja Rajendra and Mathew Millerin the Democratic primary.

John James has won the right to try and unseat Incumbent Senator Debbie Stabenow in November. The businessman and military veteran defeated Sandy Pensler in the Republican Primary for U.S. Senate.   Stabenow was unopposed in the Democratic primary.

Democrat Gretchen Whitmer has defeated two other candidates in the primary and will move on to the November general election. Whitmer recieved the majority of party support in defeating Abdul El-Sayed and Shri Thanedar.

Republican Bill Schuette has won the primary race for Governor and will move on to the November general election. The current state Attorney General defeated Lt. Governor Brian Calley, State Senator Patrick Colbeck and Dr. Jim Hines.  

Bill Gelineau has won the Lerbertarian gubernatorial primary race.  Gelieau defeated John J. Tatar to move on to the November general election. 

There, he’ll face an uphill climb in a race with Democrat Gretchen Whitmer and Republican Bill Schuette. Whitmer and Schuette each won their party’s primary on Tuesday night.

The Lincoln-Consolidated School District has won voter approval to borrow up to 25-million dollars for facilities and security improvements.

Former Saline Mayor and State Representative Gretchen Driskell will again try and unseat 7th District Congressman Tim Walberg in November.

With nearly 69-percent of the vote, Colton A. Campbell defeated Ora Wright and won the Republican Primary in the 54th State House District.

Incumbent Ronnie Peterson found himself on a rather crowded ballot in the democratic race for the 54th district state house seat. Peterson is finishing up his first term in office now, and faced a challenge from three other candidates.

A current state senator is likely to become the next representative for the 55th State House District. Rebekah Warren is being term-limited out of the senate. She was elected to the senate while serving as the 53rd District State House Representative and, under term-limit law, is eligible to serve one more term in the House.

Bob Baird won a three-way race in the Republican Primary in the 55th State House District. Baird moves on the November general election and will face Democrat Rebekah Warren.

A 10-year, 1-mill tax levy has won approval in the Whitmore Lake Public Schools.

Voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township have given a “thumbs up” to continuation of expanded service routes and bus hours.

1st District:  Incumbent Kent Martinez-Kratz has been defeated. Jason Maciejewski won the Democratic primary winning nearly 58-percent voter support. He will face Republican Rod Anderson in November. Anderson was unopposed Tuesday.

City Of Ypsilanti Races

Aug 8, 2018
City of Ypsilanti
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1st Ward: Incumbent Nicole Brown defeated challenger Ka’Ron Gaines with nearly 64- percent support.  Brown is unopposed in November.

2nd Ward: Jennifer Symanns was unopposed in Tuesday’s primary and will remain unopposed in November.

3rd Ward: Anthony Morgan defeated Adam Gainsley with nearly 65-percent of the vote.  Morgan will face Desirae Simmons, a non-partisan candidate, in the November general election.

Mayoral Race: 2nd Ward city councilmember Beth Bashert was unopposed in the Tuesday Democratic primary and therefore, by ordinance, did not appear on the ballot. She will face three non-partisan challengers in the November general election, Anne Brown (write in only), Adrienne Hirschfelder, and Jack Szkutnik. Current Ypsilanti Mayor, Amanda Edmonds, chose not to run for re-election.

**Editor's Note**: (08/08/2018 12:15pm by PC) This article has been edited to correct mistakes in both the Mayoral and 3rd Ward coverage.  The Mayoral Race includes Adrienne Hirschfelder, a non-partisan candidate.  The 3rd Ward race includes Desirae Simmons, a non-partisan candidate.

Ann Arbor
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Taylor Wins Ann Arbor Mayoral Primary

Incumbent Christopher Taylor fended off a challenge from sitting 4th ward city councilman Jack Eaton. Taylor received nearly 59-percent of the vote in the Democratic primary and, barring an independent challenge, will be unopposed in November.

A tax renewal for police services and a tax increase for fire services have been approved by Dexter Township voters.

An expiring fire protection services measure in Manchester Township will be extended through 2023.  Just under 63-percent of voters were in favor of restoring a previously approved .65 mill tax.

Two measures will amend the charter in Barton Hills Village.

A 5-year, 1.5 mill tax renewal to continue support for fire and police services passed with nearly 77-percent of the vote in York Township.

A 4-year, 2-mill tax renewal to support fire protection and prevention services has won the support of Augusta Township Voters. The measure was approved with over 62-percent of the vote. It will generate over 427-thousand dollars in 2019, the first year of collection. The millage will expire in 2022. 

WEMU

It is primary election day today across the country and in Washtenaw County.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with the Executive Director of CivCity Initiative and co-host of Civic Matters on 89.1 WEMU Mary Morgan about today's elections and how it's been going at local poling places.


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

Polling locations opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning across Washtenaw County and will close at 8 p.m.   89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan spoke with voters as they existed the polls.


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