As we look ahead to November’s elections, New Baltimore-Chesterfield Patch is devoted to bring you the information about the races in your town. Here's our guide to the candidates and issues we'll be covering as November draws near. Bookmark this page for updates.
President Barack Obama: The president's campaign in Macomb County will originate from headquarters in Sterling Heights. The president hasn't scheduled any campaign stops in Macomb, as of yet, but his supporters are on the ground. In a recent speech by Congressman Sander Levin, D-Royal Oak, to Macomb County business and community leaders, Levin praised the effect Obama's policies have had on Macomb, namely the automotive rescue, drop in unemployment and added investment through the Recovery Act. Political observers around the country will keep tabs on how Macomb County Reagan Democrats cast their ballots in the national race.
GOP Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney: The Michigan-born candidate kept his comments focused on the economy when he visited Shelby Township in February and later won the state's GOP presidential primary, taking 43.3 percent of the vote in Macomb County.
Chesterfield Township Races
(The Aug. 7 primary election will narrow down candidates for certain contested races.)
Supervisor: Incumbent Michael Lovelock, a Democrat, is running again for the top-elected position in the community. Township Senior Center Coordinator Carol Rose, a Republican, is seeking the office as a write-in candidate--meaning her name will not appear on the August ballot but will have to be written in by voters.
Trustees: Four trustee seats will be filled on the board. The candidates hoping to secure seats are: Henry Anderson, incumbent Brian Scott DeMuynck, Cyndi Gagleard, David M. Joseph, Thomas R. Yaschen, incumbent Jerry Alexie, incumbent Christine Bell, John Grivas, Keith Nelson and Tom Scott.
Library Board of Directors: Six seats will be filled on the board. The candidates are: Murney R. Bell, Loraine DeMuynck, Kermit Harris, Michael A. Miller, Ralph Musilli, Alan D. Naldrett and Dorothy Stabile.
New Baltimore Ballot Proposal
Voters will be asked in August whether a Charter Commission should be elected to propose a revised Charter, originally adopted in 1973, to be voted on by the electorate. The revision would update charter language and pave way for a possible government reform that brings on a city manager as opposed to the current mayor strong system.
Other Local Races
(The Aug. 7 primary election narrows down candidates for certain contested races for November.)
Macomb County Sheriff Incumbent Anthony Wickersham: Of the seven candidates running for sheriff in the August primary, Incumbent Sheriff Anthony Wickersham (D) has the advantage of name recognition. While Wickersham has only one other Democrat challenging him for the nomination, there are five Republican candidates.
Macomb County Clerk: A Chesterfield resident, Darcy Jakubowski, wants to unseat longtime Clerk Carmella Sabaugh. Warren resident Debera Guenther is also vying for the seat.
Macomb County Prosecutor: Incumbent Eric Smith, a Democrat, and Republican Michael Wrathell will square off for the position.
Macomb County Commissioner, District 8: County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Kathy Vosburg, a Republican, will face challengers Gregory Goforth, a Republican, and Jeff DiPascale, a Democrat. All of the candidates are Chesterfield Township residents.
State Representative, 32nd District: Incumbent Andrea LaFontaine, a Republican, is running against Michael Shmina (R) and Sheri Smith (D) for the district that encompasses Chesterfield and New Baltimore.