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Decision 2018

League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area
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This week on "In the Public Interest," Margaret Leary and Cheryl Depner from the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area do an election recap.  What was voter turnout, locally and nationally?  What happens next now that several statewide ballot proposals were approved? 

They talk with 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry about that and more.

City of Ann Arbor

Now that the votes have been counted, the winners and losers from the mid-term election begin to move forward based on election results.

89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke to Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor, who was overwhelmingly elected to his third term, but at the same time lost the battle to defeat Proposal A, which was on the city ballot.  He talks about how he plans to move forward in light of that and about other city cares and concerns.

jamie Lowell / facebook.com

Proposal 1, which would legalize recreational marijuana, was approved by Michigan voters on Tuesday night.  WEMU's David Fair talks to MI Legalize board member Jamie Lowell about what to expect when the proposal goes into effect.

Alan Haber
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Ann Arbor voters approved Proposal A on Tuesday. It requires the city-owned "Library Lot"  be reserved for development of an urban park and civic center commons. Alan Haber is a member of  the Ann Arbor Committee for Community Commons and helped lead the petition drive that put Proposal A on the ballot. Haber joined 89.1 WEMU's David Fair to discus the win and what comes next.

Elizabeth Nelson
Elizabeth Nelson

With a Tuesday night election win, Elizabeth Nelson will now represent the 4th Ward on Ann Arbor City Council.  She discusses with WEMU's David Fair how she wants to work with  with her colleagues in the term ahead. 

Debbie Dingell
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell has been won another term in the U.S. House of Representatives.  She will be joined by many other Democrats when the new term begins in January.  She offers her analysis of the concluded midterm election with WEMU's David Fair.

Rebekah Warren
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Due to term limits, Michigan State Senator Rebekah Warren could not seek another term in office.  Instead, she ran for a seat in the Michigan House of Representatives--and was victorious.  Warren talks about her plans for her future in Lansing with WEMU's David Fair.

Jeff Irwin
Jeff Irwin For State Senate / irwinforsenate.com

Former Ann Arbor State Representative Jeff Irwin chose to keep going with his duties in Lansing.  Now, is returning to Lansing. This time as a State Senator. Irwin discusses the outcome of the elction and moving forward representing 18th State Senagte district. 


Lisa Wozniak
Michigan League of Conservation Voters / michiganlcv.org

The midterm election will prove to be  "a win" for the environment. That according to the executive director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters. In Part 1 of this week's "Issues of the Environment," Lisa Wozniak joined WEMU's David Fair to offer her thoughts on election results. 


Beth Bashert
Beth Bashert

Ypsilanti City Council member Beth Bashert will be the city's next mayor.  She joined WEMU's David Fair to talk about her plans for the city.

 Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education:

Only two incumbents will return to the Ann Arbor School Board. Susan Baskett and Jessica Kelly both won re-election.    

A Mix Of Returning Commissioners And New Faces On The Washtenaw County Board

There were contested races in all nine of the Washtenaw County Commission districts on Tuesday.

In the 1st District, Democrat Jason Maciejewski has won his first term on the board.  Maciejewski defeated Republican Rod Anderson and will replace Kent Martinez-Kratz on the board. Maciejewski beat Martinez-Kratz in the democratic primary back in August.

The 2nd district will have new representation, as well. Democrat Sue Shink beat Republican Kevin Jardine yesterday. Shink will take over the seat now held by Michelle Deatrick. Instead of seeking re-election to the county board, Deatrick ran for the 18th district Senate seat in the August primary and lost to Jeff Irwin.

Democrat Shannon Beeman will be the new 3rd District Commissioner. She beat out Republican Melanie Weidmayer for the right to replace outgoing Republican commissioner Alicia Ping. Ping chose not to seek re-election.

Incumbent Democrat Felicia Brabec has won re-election to the 4th district chair by defeating a Republican challenge from Jeanie Wade.

Incumbent Democrats won in the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th district, too. Ruth Ann Jamnick will continue serving in the 5th. Ricky Jefferson won-re-election in the 6th, Board of Trustees Chair Andy LeBarre will keep his 7th District seat and Jason Morgan won re-election in the 8th.

Katie Scott will be the new representative in the 9th district. The Democrat beat sitting commissioner Conan Smith in the Democratic primary in August. Tuesday, she defeated Republican Stuart Berry.

All of the winning candidates will serve two-year terms.

Easily the most controversial proposal anywhere on a Washtenaw County Ballot, Proposal A was succesful with 52.61 percentage of city voters decided to preserve the so-called “Library Lot” to house an urban park and civic center. The area will now become known as the “Center of the City.” Had it failed, city officials would have continued to work with Chicago-based developer, Core Spaces, to being to life a mixed-use, 17-story high rise with a 12,000 square-foot public plaza.  

Only two of Ann Arbor’s five wards had contested races for city council. In the 1st Ward, Democrat Jeff Haynor defeated Ryan Hughes. Hughes ran without party affiliation. Haynor will occupy the chair now held by out-going Sumi Kailasopathy. She opted not to seek re-election.

In the 4th Ward, Democrat Elizabeth Nelson Beat independent candidate Joe Hood. Nelson will take over for Graydon Krapohl, whom she defeated in the August democratic primary.

Beth Bashert
City of Ypsilanti

Beth Bashert will be the Mayor of Ypsilanti for the next four years.  Bashert won a five-way race on Tuesday against candidates without party affiliation, Anne Brown among them.  Brown had sought to run against Bashert in the August primary, but failed to turn in petition signatures in time to qualify for the ballot.  So, she launched an independent, write-in campaign.  The other candidates were Mickeila Tate, Adrienne Hirschfelder and Sheila McSpadden. Bashert will replace outgoing Mayor Amanda Edmonds who decided not to seek re-election after one term in office.

Gretchen Whitmer
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Gretchen Whitmer will be Michigan’s next Governor. The Democrat and her Lt. Governor partner, Garlin Gilchrist III, out-polled Republican Bill Schuette and Lisa Lyons Posthumous, taking 57 percent of the statewide vote. A majority of Washtenaw County voters picked the Whitmer ticket in the governor’s race. 

Whitmer will take over for Republican Governor Rick Snyder, who could not run for re-election because of term-limits. The former state legislator will be sworn into office in January.   

All Three Statewide Ballot Proposals Win Voter Approval

Michigan Voters have passed all three of ballot measures placed before them. Proposal 1 legalizes recreational marijuana, Proposal 2 is the “Voters Not Politicians” measure that will implement plans to end gerrymandering. And, the “Promote the Vote” Proposal 3 aims to increase voter access and limit voter suppression.  

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