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2018 Elections

Michigan Democrats
Michigan Democratic Party / michigandems.com

Michigan Democrats finalized their portion of the November ballot this weekend.  There were few surprises yesterday at the Democratic convention.


Michigan Republican Party
Michigan Republican Party / migop.org

The Michigan Republican party has it’s ticket finalized for the November election.  While multiple people called for unity, there is still some discontent within the party.

Conan Smith
Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners / washtenaw.org

Washtenaw County Commissioner Conan Smith lost his 9th District primary race on Tuesday.  While disappointed, he remains proud of his long tenure in public service and is encouraged by the leadership to be offered by the victor in the race, Katie Scott.  Smith took time Wednesday morning to reflect and look ahead in a conversation with WEMU's David Fair. 


Christopher Taylor
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

After a sometimes contentious primary, Christopher Taylor knows he has enough support to continue as Mayor.  But, he will also have to work with the member of city council he defeated for two more years as well as a host of new faces, amidst incumbent losses on Tuesday.  Mayor Taylor discussed the challenges and opportunities for moving his agenda forward with WEMU's David Fair.


Rebekah Warren
Michigan Senate Democrats / senatedems.com

Rebekah Warren is nearing the end of her tenure as 18th District State Senator.  After a comfortable win on in the Democratic primary, she is looking to November and beyond, as 55th District State House Representative.  She discussed the agenda with WEMU's David Fair.


Jeff Irwin
Michigan House Democrats / housedems.com

It was a long night for former Ann Arbor State Representative Jeff Irwin.  He had to wait until nearly 5am to get the final results  of the race for the 18th District State Senate. After  a narrow win, Irwin discussed the plan moving forward with with WEMU's David Fair. 


Normally, CivCity Initiative executive director Mary Morgan comes to the WEMU studios on Mondays for the feature "Civic Matters."  But, the August 2018 primary election is complete, and she just had to stop and offer some analysis of how, or if, the results in Ann Arbor may change the direction of city council. 


Larry Kestenbaum
Ann Arbor Local Wiki / localwiki.org

Nearly 35-percent of registered voters in Washtenaw County exersized their right on Tuesday. Voter turnout exceeded expectation and the county elections division was prepared. Still, no election passes without a slowdown, or two. Washtenaw County Clerk and Register of Deeds Larry Kestenbaum spoke with o WEMU's David Fair about turnout and the process of getting timely and accurate results. 


Jack Eaton
City of Ann Arbor / a2gov.org

Incumbent Christopher Taylor defeated 4th Ward City Council member Jack Eaton int he Ann Arbor Mayoral Primary on Tuesday. Eaton joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the loss, the takeaways fromt he cmpaign and what he hopes to accomplish before his council term expires in 2020.


Race For Michigan Governor Set For November

Aug 8, 2018
Ford School of Public Policy / flickr.com

Republican Bill Schuette and Democrat Gretchen Whitmer will battle it out for the governor’s seat in November.  Libertarians also had a choice for governor on the primary ticket for the first time in Michigan’s history.


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.


There are 13 ballot questions to be decided in various communities throughout Washtenaw County today.  

Vote
Penn State / flickr.com

Michiganders will head to the voting booths today.  This is when Democrats, Republicans, and Libertarians will choose who they want to see represent their party in various races come November.  There could be a higher turnout this year than in the 2014 primary.


 

Tuesday is primary election day!  Polls will be open from 7am-8pm.  Because of the election, Ann Arbor City Council has moved its meeting and crowded agenda to Thursday.  And, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners will continue looking at an equity ordinance when it meets this week.  Civic engagement oppotunities abound and WEMU's David Fair and the CivCity Initaitive's Mary Morgan have it covered for you in this week's edition of "Civic Matters." 

Vote Here
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Two Barton Hills Village proposals will be among the 13 ballot issues Washtenaw County voters will see on the August 7th primary eleciton. 
 


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

The August 7th primary elections are less than a week away, and some Washtenaw County voters will be asked to decide a familiar issue.  Back in 2014, voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Ypsilanti Township approved a 0.7 mill tax levy to support and expand services offered by the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority.  Next Tuesday, they’ll be asked to consider a similar millage request.  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan has the story.


Voters in Superior and York Townships will have a couple of local tax issues on their ballots in the August 7 election.


Bill Schuette
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

A progressive watchdog group says the state Attorney General has misused his office for political gain – and they have the emails to prove it.


WikiCommons

Lincoln Consolidated Schools will ask voters next week to approve a bonding proposal to make improvements at the district.
 


Dwight Burdette

Dexter Township voters will decide two tax measures next week. 89.1 WEMU's Taylor Pinson has more on the millage questions that will appear on the August 7th ballot.


Ballot Box
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

An initiative to change how Michigan draws its political boundaries is headed for the November ballot.  The Michigan Supreme Court made the ruling late Tuesday.  


Primary election day is a week away: Tuesday, August 7th.  The Creative Washtenaw Votes 2018 August Primary Survey includes responses and answers to hard questions about issues that are important to the creative sector, from candidates running for mayor to governors and the county commissioner.  Thirty-three candidates running in races at the local, state and national level responded.  What have we learned?  Find out in this week's 'creative:impact' with WEMU's David Fair and Deb Polich, the president and CEO of The Arts Alliance. 


Lisa Barry

In our bi-weekly conversation with the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area, 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks about the upcoming primary election coming up on August 7th.

Lisa talks to Washtenaw County Chief Deputy Clerk/Register and Director of Elections Ed Golembiewski and league member Cheryl Depner.


Michigan Supreme Court
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The Michigan Supreme Court is wrapping up its business before the end of its term on Tuesday.  One case they will likely decide this week is about a ballot initiative to change the way the state draws its political district lines.


Ballot Box
FutUndBeidl / flickr.com

The Board of State Canvassers has delayed a vote on a pair of ballot initiatives – over a timing issue.  A meeting on the matter became Thursday.  That’s because a group opposing proposals to increase the minimum wage and require earned sick time said the board had to wait one more day to vote.


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