As we look ahead to November’s elections, Royal Oak Patch is devoted to bringing you the information you need about every race in town. Here's our start on the candidates and issues we'll be covering as the Aug. 7 primary draws near. Bookmark this page for updates.
U.S. Senate race
For the Michigan U.S. Senate race, Republicans will choose a candidate – Clark Durant, Gary Glenn, Randy Hekman or Pete Hoekstra – to run against the Democratic candidate, incumbent U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, who is running unopposed in the Aug. 7 primary.
U.S. Congress race
In the newly drawn , Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Sandy Levin is running unopposed in the Aug. 7 primary, while Gregory Dildilian, of Royal Oak, and Don Volaric, of Clinton Twp., vie for the Republican nomination.
State Rep. race - 26th District
Democratic incumbent State Rep. , of Royal Oak, is running unopposed in the Aug. 7 primary, while , of Madison Heights, and , of Royal Oak, vie for the Republican nomination.
Oakland County Executive
Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson is seeking . The 73-year-old Republican will face .
Oakland County Treasurer
Democrat Andy Meisner of Huntington Woods and Republican Marty Knollenberg are vying for the county treasurer position. Neither are opposed in the primary.
Oakland County Commission – 16th District
Clawson resident and Republican Mike Bosnic, a current Oakland County Commissioner, will run for another two-year term on the commission. Also running is Democrat Tim Burns, also of Clawson. Neither are opposed in the primary.
Oakland County Commission – 19th District
Royal Oak resident and Democrat Dave Woodward, a current Oakland County Commissioner, will run for another two-year term on the commission. Also running is Republican Bill Shaw or Royal Oak. Neither are opposed in the primary.
Oakland County Commission – 20th District
Madison Heights resident and Democrat Gary McGillivray, a current Oakland County Commissioner, will run for another two-year term on the commission. Also running is Republican Antoine Delaforterie of Troy. Neither are opposed in the primary.
44th District Judge
of Royal Oak's . , and each collected enough signatures to be on the Aug. 7 primary ballot. The two candidates with the most votes in the August primary will move on to the Nov. 6 general election.
Oakland County proposals
There are two countywide proposals on the ballot in August:
- The Oakland County Art Institute Authority Millage would "allow for continuing support of art institute services for the students, residents visitors of Oakland County," according to the Oakland County website. The Detroit Institute of Arts is seeking a 10-year, 0.2 mill regional levy to help fund operations. An Arts Institute Authority was established to monitor use of the Oakland County funds. The tax is similar in concept to a 0.1-mill levy voters in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties approved in 2008 for the Detroit Zoo, The Detroit News reports. It would cost the owner of a $200,000 home about $20 per year and is expected to raise $23 million: $11 million from Oakland; $9 million from Wayne and $3 million from Macomb counties.
- The Oakland County public transportation millage renewal would "allow continued support to the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) for a public transportation system serving the elderly, disabled, and general public of Oakland County," according to the Oakland County website. It is estimated that .59 mills would raise approximately $16 million when levied in 2012.
Dates to remember
- July 9: last day to register to vote on Aug. 7 ballot
- Aug. 7: primary races and ballot issues
- Oct. 9: last day to register to vote on Nov. 6 ballot
- Nov. 6: general election
Voter registration information
The city of Royal Oak website offers the following information for those who wish to register to vote:
Anyone who is 18 years of age may register to vote at the City Clerk's office in the city in which they live. They may also register at any Secretary of State office or local school. In order to vote, you must be registered 30 days prior to an election. Do you need to register to vote or a change of address form? Fill out this form, print it and mail or bring it to the City Clerk's office: Voter Registration form.
The Michigan Secretary of State Voter Information Center is an online source for one-stop election information. Michigan residents can access information on any of the following:
- Voter registration status
- Find the location and get directions to polling place
- Get tutorials on the voting equipment
- Preview their ballot
- Sample ballots
Further, visitors can access online information on statewide candidates, ballot proposals and tutorials on the voting equipment used in their community. The Qualified Voter File, a nationally recognized statewide voter registration system developed by the Michigan Department of State, provides data for the site.