2016-07-28 / Front Page

Grand Blanc election results

By Paula K. Schmidt

Parks millage squeaks by, Primary sets up November races

By Paula K. Schmidt

810-452-2647 • pschmidt@mihomepaper.com


GRAND BLANC TWP. – A much needed millage for Creasey Bicentennial Parks in Grand Blanc Township squeaked by with 60 percent of the vote (3,060) versus (2,073) which has the staff breathing a sigh of relief knowing repairs can be made.

Parks Director Kae Eidson stated “We are very excited and grateful for the community supporting something we really needed. We’ll be able to do a lot of great things with those funds.”


In the race for the 5th District of Congress incumbent Democrat Dan Kildee was well ahead of Republican challenger Alan Hardwick with a wide 27,000 plus vote margin, and will face him again in November.


In the 50th District race, Tim Sneller posted a commanding lead over his fellow Democrat challenger Ray Freiberger, and Republican candidate Michael Matheny won out over youngster Jackie Seal to be his opponent in November.


Incumbent Joe Graves in the 51st District left his Republican challengers in the dust but will confront Democrat Ryan Bladzik following a difference of less than 1,000 votes. “I’m humbled by the support that the voters of the 51st District have shown me in (the) primary election. As I’ve been speaking with citizens, their voices are clear—they are not happy with Lansing and they want someone who will be an active advocate for our working families, our communities and our schools,” Bladzik stated.


Closer to home in the township trustee race, newcomer to the board Joe Massey, who has out of state political experience will take a seat with 1,884 votes, along with ‘favored son’ Ken Thomas, a local businessman who ran for state legislature last year but lost; slightly behind with 1,835 votes, along with incumbent Clark Kent (1,336 votes) and former trustee Ryan Thompson returning (1,167 votes).


This makes for five newcomers between the treasurer, trustees and supervisor which should be balanced out by the experience of Kent, Thompson, and Rariden as well as current Superintendent Dennis Liimatta.

The hotly contested clerk’s race for the township will have Democrat Sue DeVernay facing off against former clerk Cathy Lane, Republican. “I can't say thank you enough to all of you who voted for me today,” DeVernay stated.” I have won the Primary and will move on to November. I hope I can count on your continued support!”


Long-time Treasurer Earl Guzak apparently faces a challenge from now former trustee Jude Rariden, who was only 616 votes behind as of Tuesday. Former State Representative Charles Smiley, previously ousted by term limits, will face Scott Bennett following an 823 vote difference (2,475 to 1,652).


In the County Commission race for the 5th district Mark Young maintains his seat with 2,212 versus Anoopa Todd’s 1,134 votes and Pete Ponzetti will face off against Drew Shapiro for the 6th District, which covers a portion of the southeast corner of the township, in November.

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