Wrap-up of state, county races; millage fails, while one amendment succeeds




GENESEE COUNTY
— Republican candidate Rick Snyder was “Hired” for the governor’s job on Tuesday evening, after soundly defeating Democrat Virg Bernero for the state’s top spot.

Snyder received 58 percent, or 1,879,937 votes, to Bernero’s secondplace finish of 40 percent, or 1,287,866 votes. Snyder will take over for current term-limited Democratic Governor Jennifer Granholm.

Republican candidate Ruth Johnson bested Democrat Jocelyn Michelle Benson to win the Secretary of State position, while Republican candidate Bill Schuette defeated Genesee County Prosecutor and Democratic candidate David Leyton for the Attorney General position in other state races.

Democrats faired better in Genesee County, with 3rd District County Commissioner Jamie Curtis winning in an uncontested race to keep his position and Deborah Cherry topping Republican candidate Judy Zabik for the Genesee County Treasurer’s seat.

The Genesee County Veterans Service millage and statewide Constitutional Convention failed to garner enough support, but an overwhelming number of tallies approved Proposal 2 barring certain felons from holding public office and some jobs.

County voters turned down the .15 mill, 10-year ballot request by a count of 53.26 percent to 46.74 percent, or 61,903 no votes to 54,3278 yes votes. The request would have brought in roughly $1 million a year for veteran services if passed.

Proposal 10-1, calling for a possible Constitutional Convention, was defeated with 67 percent, or 1,950,662 no votes, while 33 percent, or 977,033 voters, checked yes on their ballots. Genesee County voters turned down the proposal as well, with 66.74 percent, or 77,809 no votes to 33.26 percent, or 38,774 yes votes. The no vote kills the possibility of another convention until voters choose again in 2026.

While no Constitutional Conventions have occurred in Michigan since 1963, 31 amendments to the state’s Constitution have been made over the same 37-year period, and one new amendment was passed by voters Tuesday night.

Proposal 10-2 received 75 percent, or 2,257,251 yes votes, approval statewide, with just 25 percent, or 757,876 no votes. Genesee County was on par with state voters, throwing 75 percent, or 86,392 yes votes behind the proposal, as opposed to 27.23 percent, or 32,329 no votes. The yes vote will add Section 8 to Article XI of the Michigan State Constitution.

Voters adopted Proposal 10-2’s ballot language that will “Make a person ineligible for election or appointment to any state or local elective office or to hold a position in public employment in this state that is policymaking or has discretionary authority over public assets, if: within the preceding 20 years, the person was convicted of a felony involving dishonesty, deceit, fraud, or a breach of the public trust; and the conviction was related to the person’s official capacity while holding any elective office or position of employment in local, state or federal government.”

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