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Here are the results of the election which took place on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. Donald Trump and Michael Pence are heading to the White House in January, to be sworn in as President and Vice-President.

Below are the results of the local election in Peninsula Township, as well as some results for Grand Traverse County. Most of the Peninsula Township positions were decided with the August 2 primary election, but the Park Commission had five people running for seven positions. Jon Andrus, Gary W. Cornell, Michael J. Skurski, Anne Griffiths and John Snow won Park Commission seats, while Marilyn Elliott and Susan Shipman came up short.

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In the City of Traverse City, the much-talked-about Proposal 3, the “tall buildings” proposal, was voted YES. This means that any buildings higher than 60 feet must be voted on by city voters before moving to the city or city commission for approval. Here’s the full proposal:

PROPOSAL 3, CITY OF TRAVERSE CITY: Proposed amendment to add a requirement to Section 28 of the City Charter of Traverse City that approval by a majority of the electors at a regular or special election must occur prior to approval by the City or City Commission of the construction of a building with a height above 60 feet. Shall the Charter of the City of Traverse City be amended to add the following paragraph to Section 28: “It is hereby declared that buildings over 60 feet in height are generally inconsistent with the residential and historical character of Traverse City. Therefore, any proposal for construction of a building with a height above 60 feet, shall not be approved by the City or City Commission, until after the proposal is submitted to and approved by a majority of the City electors at a regular election, or at a special election?”

PENINSULA TOWNSHIP ELECTION RESULTS: 

Peninsula Township Supervisor:
Total Votes: 3212
Robert K. Manigold REP: 3187, 99.22%
Write-in Votes: 25, 0.78%

Peninsula Township Clerk:
Total Votes: 3078
Joanne M. Westphal REP: 3041, 98.80%
Write-in Votes: 37, 1.20%

Peninsula Township Treasurer:
Total Votes: 3055
Brad Bickle REP: 3022, 98.92%
Write-in Votes: 33, 1.08%

Peninsula Township Trustee:
Total Votes: 11188
Margaret A. Achorn REP: 2789, 24.93%
Maura A. Sanders REP: 2769, 24.75%
Warren L. Wahl REP: 2693, 24.07%
Isaiah S. Wunsch REP: 2902, 25.94%
Write-in Votes: 35, 0.31%

Peninsula Township Park:
Total Votes: 12406
Jon Andrus REP: 2224, 17.93%
Gary W. Cornell REP: 2159, 17.40%
Michael J. Skurski REP: 2134, 17.20%
Anne Griffiths DEM: 1622, 13.07%
John Snow DEM: 1614, 13.01%
Marilyn Elliott (No Affiliation): 1261, 10.16%
Susan Shipman (No Affiliation): 1370, 11.04%
Write-in Votes: 22, 0.18%

Peninsula Community Library Board:
Total Votes: 10179
Carol A. Butcher: 1603, 15.75%
Donna Hornberger: 1669, 16.40%
Doug Kosch: 1725, 16.95%
Heatherlyn Johnson Reamer: 1693, 16.63%
Nikoletta Sobkowski: 1526, 14.99%
Barbara Wunsch: 1938, 19.04%
Write-in Votes: 25, 0.25%

County Road Millage Proposal:
Total Votes: 46480
YES: 32561, 70.05%
NO: 13919, 29.95%

County Veterans Millage Proposal:
Total Votes: 46066
YES: 32144, 69.78%
NO: 13922, 30.22%

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY ELECTION RESULTS:

Registered Voters: 73628

Straight Party:
Total Votes: 22016
REPUBLICAN REP: 13536, 61.48%
DEMOCRATIC DEM: 7683, 34.90%
LIBERTARIAN LIB: 374, 1.70%
US TAXPAYERS TAX: 31, 0.14%
GREEN GRN: 231, 1.05%
NATURAL LAW NAT: 13, 0.06%
WORKING CLASS WRK: 148, 0.67%

President/Vice-President:
Total Votes: 51983
Trump-Pence REP: 27412, 52.73%
Clinton-Kaine DEM: 20964, 40.33%
Johnson-Weld LIB: 2149, 4.13%
Castle-Bradley TAX: 153, 0.29%
Stein-Baraka GRN: 756, 1.45%
Soltysik-Walker NAT: 26, 0.05%
Write-in Votes: 523, 1.01%

D1 Rep in Congress:
Total Votes: 51147
Jack Bergman REP: 28130, 55.00%
Lon Johnson DEM: 20185, 39.46%
Diane Bostow LIB: 1952, 3.82%
Ellis Boal GRN: 835, 1.63%
Write-in Votes: 45, 0.09%

D104 Representative:
Total Votes: 50688
Larry C. Inman REP: 26019, 51.33%
Betsy Coffia DEM: 21863, 43.13%
Kelly J. Clark LIB: 2714, 5.35%
Write-in Votes: 92, 0.18%

State Board of Education:
Total Votes: 89002
Tom McMillin REP: 24270, 27.27%
Nikki Snyder REP: 24004, 26.97%
Ish Ahmed DEM: 14264, 16.03%
John Austin DEM: 15766, 17.71%
Scotty Boman LIB: 2511, 2.82%
Bill Hall LIB: 1591, 1.79%
Karen Adams TAX: 1214, 1.36%
Douglas Levesque TAX: 482, 0.54%
Derek M. Grigsby GRN: 1018, 1.14%
Sherry A. Wells GRN: 1778, 2.00%
Mary Anne Hering WRK: 2023, 2.27%
Write-in Votes: 81, 0.09%

University of Michigan Regent:
Total Votes: 86117
Carl Meyers REP: 23185, 26.92%
Ron Weiser REP: 24561, 28.52%
Laurence B. Deitch DEM: 14143, 16.42%
Denise Ilitch DEM: 16449, 19.10%
James Lewis Hudler LIB: 1576, 1.83%
John Jascob LIB: 1678, 1.95%
Audra Driscoll TAX: 1225, 1.42%
Richard A. Hewer TAX: 688, 0.80%
Latham Redding GRN: 1544, 1.79%
B. Abraham-Guzman NAT: 957, 1.11%
Write-in Votes: 111, 0.13%

Michigan State Trustee:
Total Votes: 85165
William Deary REP: 22566, 26.50%
Dan Kelly REP: 24597, 28.88%
Dianne Byrum DEM: 15939, 18.72%
Diann Woodard DEM: 15047, 17.67%
Justin Burns LIB: 2182, 2.56%
Gregory S Stempfle LIB: 1498, 1.76%
Angela Grandy TAX: 1424, 1.67%
Will Tyler White GRN: 1787, 2.10%
Write-in Votes: 125, 0.15%

Wayne State Governor:
Total Votes: 83010
Michael J. Busuito REP: 22691, 27.34%
Kimberly Shmina REP: 22838, 27.51%
Yvette M. Anderson DEM: 14874, 17.92%
Mark Gaffney DEM: 14537, 17.51%
Bhagwan Dashairya LIB: 1409, 1.70%
Al Seder LIB: 1620, 1.95%
Robert Gale TAX: 854, 1.03%
Marc J Sosnowski TAX: 631, 0.76%
Margaret Guttshall GRN: 1422, 1.71%
Fran Shor GRN: 1394, 1.68%
Wendy Goossen NAT: 618, 0.74%
Write-in Votes: 122, 0.15%

Prosecuting Attorney:
Total Votes: 36571
Bob Cooney REP: 35929, 98.24%
Write-in Votes: 642, 1.76%

County Sheriff:
Total Votes: 37127
Tom Bensley REP: 36477, 98.25%
Write-in Votes: 650, 1.75%

County Clerk:
Total Votes: 35920
Bonnie Scheele REP: 35417, 98.60%
Write-in Votes: 503, 1.40%

County Treasurer:
Total Votes: 35613
Heidi Scheppe REP: 35112, 98.59%
Write-in Votes: 501, 1.41%

Register of Deeds:
Total Votes: 40092
Peggy Haines REP: 28866, 72.00%
Barb Willing: 11073, 27.62%
Write-in Votes: 153, 0.38%

Drain Commissioner:
Total Votes: 35920
Steve Largent REP: 35437, 98.66%
Write-in Votes: 483, 1.34%

D1 Commissioner:
Total Votes: 7829
Dan Lathrop REP: 4256, 54.36%
Emily Ely Jackson DEM: 3537, 45.18%
Write-in Votes: 36, 0.46%

Justice of Supreme Court:
Total Votes: 36285
Doug Dern: 3401, 9.37%
Frank Szymanski: 8764, 24.15%
David Viviano: 23859, 65.75%
Write-in Votes: 261, 0.72%

Partial Term Justice of Supreme Court:
Total Votes: 35857
Joan Larsen: 22807, 63.61%
Kerry L. Morgan: 4058, 11.32%
Deborah Thomas: 8769, 24.46%
Write-in Votes: 223, 0.62%

D4 Judge Court of Appeals:
Total Votes: 28383
Michael F. Gadola: 28023, 98.73%
Write-in Votes: 360, 1.27%

13th Circuit Court Judge:
Total Votes: 31802
Thomas G. Power: 31321, 98.49%
Write-in Votes: 481, 1.51%

D86 Judge District Court:
Total Votes: 31136
Michael S. Stepka: 30721, 98.67%
Write-in Votes: 415, 1.33%

Northwestern Michigan College Trustees:
Total Votes: 60538
Chris M. Bott: 11825, 19.53%
Carolyn Collins: 10085, 16.66%
Christopher Dailey: 3909, 6.46%
Michael Estes: 14082, 23.26%
Michael B. Haynes: 9135, 15.09%
Rachel Johnson: 11241, 18.57%
Write-in Votes: 261, 0.43%

Traverse City Area Public School Board:
Total Votes: 54327
Doris E. Ellery: 18423, 33.91%
Jan Geht: 17349, 31.93%
Jane Klegman: 18161, 33.43%
Write-in Votes: 394, 0.73%

City of Traverse City Proposal 1:
Total Votes: 7049
YES: 5510, 78.17%
NO: 1539, 21.83%

City of Traverse City Proposal 2:
Total Votes: 7074
YES: 4755, 67.22%
NO: 2319, 32.78%

City of Traverse City Proposal 3:
Total Votes: 8350
YES: 4405, 52.75%
NO: 3945, 47.25%

See all election results for Grand Traverse County here.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Losing Susan Elizabeth Shipman as a member of our Park Commission is a shame. She was a positive and effective member of that board. I hope she tries to return to the board in the future. Sadly, people voted straight ticket and missed her.

  2. Thank you Dena and Jane. It’s been hard work over the last 4.5 years on the Commission, but I’m glad to have tried my best to contribute and have met so many incredibly people in our community. I wish people knew more about how parks are managed in our township, but I think things are improving, thanks to peole like Jane and forums like Next Door Neighbor. Marilyn Elliott, another non-party affiliated candidate at the bottom of the results with me, would also have been a great addition to the park commission.

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