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The 2018 State Primary Election was held Tuesday, August 7, 2018 in Grand Traverse County and Peninsula Township. Several millages passed with significant margins, including Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS), Grand Traverse Conservation District, and Grand Traverse County’s animal control department.

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Voters approved a 3.1 millage rate bond for TCAPS that will raise an estimated $107 million over 10 years to pay for technology, infrastructure and transportation improvements. The millage passed by a 68 to 32 percent margin in Grand Traverse County.

Projects funded by the capital bond plan include the reconstruction of the Montessori School at Glenn Loomis School; reconstruction of the entrances at Traverse City Central High School, West Middle School, and several elementary schools to improve security; new STEM/robotics rooms at both high schools; bus replacements; and facility improvements at all schools.

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Voters also approved millages to fund the Grand Traverse Conservation District and Grand Traverse County’s animal control department.

The animal control millage, supported by about 70 percent of Grand Traverse County voters, backs a three-year, .037 mill plan to fund the county’s animal control programs, facilities, and personnel. The millage will cost the average taxpayer about $3.70 per year and generate $170,000 for the department in its first year.

Meanwhile, the Conservation District proposal – which passed by a 67 to 33 percent margin – will levy .1 mill for eight years, generating about $500,000 and costing homeowners with a state equalized value of $50,000 about $5 each year. The tax will fund conservation district programs and continued environmental stewardship education.

In Peninsula Township, voters also passed millage for the township’s police protection.

Additionally, Old Mission Peninsula resident and Democrat Matt Morgan, who was kicked off the congressional ballot in April (his petitions listed a post office box rather than a physical address), launched a write-in campaign and garnered more than 30,000 votes in Michigan’s 1st Congressional District at this writing. That’s nearly eight times as many votes as needed to be placed on the November ballot, where he will run against Republican Jack Bergman.

Here are the unofficial election results for Grand Traverse County, with Peninsula Township results noted where available.

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY – OVERALL VOTES:

BALLOTS CAST – TOTAL: 28,051
BALLOTS CAST – Republican Party: 14,109 (50.30%)
BALLOTS CAST – Democratic Party: 13,261 (47.27%)
BALLOTS CAST – Libertarian Party: 89 (.32%)
BALLOTS CAST – NONPARTISAN: 592 (2.11%)
BALLOTS CAST – CROSSOVER: 363
BALLOTS CAST – BLANK: 2 (.01%)

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY – REPUBLICAN PARTY:

Governor
Brian Calley – 4,254 (30.67%)
Patrick Colbeck – 1,261 (9.09%)
Jim Hines – 1,478 (10.66%)
Bill Schuette – 6,859 (49.46%)
WRITE-IN – 17 (.12%)

US Senator
John James – 5,987 (45.16%)
Sandy Pensler – 7,245 (54.65%)
WRITE-IN – 25 (.19%)

Representative in Congress
Jack Bergman – 12,204 (99.24%)
WRITE-IN – 94 (.76%)

State Senator
Jim Gurr – 2,770 (20.96%)
Wayne Schmidt – 10,417 (78.83%)
WRITE-IN – 27 (.20%)

Representative in State Legislature
Larry C. Inman – 11,923 (99.32%)
WRITE-IN – 82 (.68%)

County Commissioner 1st District
Michael Estes – 803 (36.83%)
Dan Lathrop – 1,371 (62.89%)
WRITE-IN – 6 (.28%)

County Commissioner 2nd District
Matthew Schoech – 1,183 (99.75%)
WRITE-IN – 3 (.25%)

County Commissioner 3rd District
Cheryl Gore Follette – 745 (38.15%)
Brad Jewett – 849 (43.47%)
Suzanne Maxbauer – 359 (18.38%)
WRITE-IN – 0

County Commissioner 4th District
Addison Wheelock, Jr. – 1,731 (99.48%)
WRITE-IN – 9 (.52%)

County Commissioner 5th District
Ron Clous – 1,231 (98.72%)
WRITE-IN – 16 (1.28%)

County Commissioner 6th District
Carol Crawford – 962 (47.20%)
Gordon LaPointe – 1,068 (52.40%)
WRITE-IN – 8 (.39%)

County Commissioner 7th District
Robert D. Hentschel – 1,384 (67.78%)
Marc McKellar II – 652 (31.93%)
WRITE-IN – 6 (.29%)

PENINSULA TOWNSHIP – REPUBLICAN PARTY:

Trustee
David K. Sanger – 1,111 (98.84%)
WRITE-IN – 13 (1.16%)

Park Commissioner
WRITE-IN – 93 (100%)

Delegate to County Convention – Precinct 1
William D. Nixon – 520 (97.38%)
WRITE-IN – 14 (2.62%)

Delegate to County Convention – Precinct 2
Karin Cooney – 415 (13.08%)
Margaret Gove – 361 (11.38%)
Mary Margaret Laurie – 357 (11.25%)
Richard G. Marr – 364 (11.48%)
Barbara Rowlett – 377 (11.89%)
Carol Sullivan – 363 (11.44%)
Dianne Walker – 453 (14.28%)
Howard Walker – 477 (15.04%)
WRITE-IN – 5 (.16%)

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY – DEMOCRATIC PARTY:

Governor
Abdul El-Sayed – 5,252 (40.10%)
Shri Thanedar – 1,197 (9.14%)
Gretchen Whitmer – 6,603 (50.42%)
WRITE-IN – 45 (.34%)

US Senator
Debbie Stabenow – 12,241 (98.82%)
WRITE-IN – 146 (1.18%)

Representative in Congress
WRITE-IN – 7,657 (100%)

State Senator
Jim Page – 11,367 (99.52%)
WRITE-IN – 55 (.48%)

Representative in State Legislature
Dan O’Neil – 11,733 (99.55%)
WRITE-IN – 53 (.45%)

County Commissioner 1st District
Betsy Coffia – 2,685 (99.78%)
WRITE-IN – 6 (.22%)

County Commissioner 2nd District
Bryce Hundley – 2,213 (99.24%)
WRITE-IN – 17 (.76%)

County Commissioner 3rd District
Michael Powers – 1,456 (99.52%)
WRITE-IN – 7 (.48%)

County Commissioner 4th District
Steve Horne – 1,606 (99.69%)
WRITE-IN – 5 (.31%)

County Commissioner 5th District
Linda B. Pepper – 898 (99.67%)
WRITE-IN – 3 (.33%)

County Commissioner 6th District
Makenzie R. Jeurink – 1,404 (99.93%)
WRITE-IN – 1 (.07%)

County Commissioner 7th District
Thomas Henry Wertz – 1,180 (99.49%)
WRITE-IN – 6 (.51%)

PENINSULA TOWNSHIP – DEMOCRATIC VOTES:

Trustee
WRITE-IN – 95 (100%)

Park Commissioner
WRITE-IN – 69 (100%)

Delegate to County Convention – Precinct 1
John Snow – 519 (98.30%)
WRITE-IN – 9 (1.70%)

Delegate to County Convention – Precinct 2
Carol Wagner Miller – 487 (51.10%)
Susan M. Zion – 448 (47.01%)
WRITE-IN – 18 (1.89%)

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY – LIBERTARIAN PARTY

Governor
Bill Gelineau – 54 (63.53%)
John J. Tatar – 31 (36.47%)
WRITE-IN – 0

US Senator
WRITE-IN – 22 (100%)

Representative in Congress
WRITE-IN – 20 (100%)

State Senator
WRITE-IN – 18 (100%)

Representative in State Legislature
WRITE-IN – 18 (100%)

County Commissioner 1st District
WRITE-IN – 2 (100%)

County Commissioner 2nd District
WRITE-IN – 3 (100%)

County Commissioner 3rd District
WRITE-IN – 1 (100%)

County Commissioner 4th District
WRITE-IN – 2 (100%)

County Commissioner 5th District
WRITE-IN – 1 (100%)

County Commissioner 6th District
WRITE-IN – 5 (100%)

County Commissioner 7th District
WRITE-IN – 3 (100%)

PENINSULA TOWNSHIP – LIBERTARIAN VOTES

Trustee
WRITE-IN – 1 (100%)

Park Commissioner
WRITE-IN – 1 (100%)

Delegate to County Convention – Precinct 1
WRITE-IN – 2 (100%)

Delegate to County Convention – Precinct 2
WRITE-IN – 0

NONPARTISAN

Judge of District Court
Bob Cooney – 14,114 (67.23%)
Paul Jarboe – 4,177 (19.90%)
Haider Kazim – 2,613 (12.45%)
WRITE-IN – 89 (.42%)

Grand Traverse Conservation District Millage Proposal
Yes – 17,379 (66.77%)
No – 8,648 (33.23%)

Grand Traverse County Animal Control Agency Millage Prop
Yes – 18,146 (69.58%)
No – 7,935 (30.42%)

Peninsula Township – Proposal to Renew Police Protection Millage
Yes – 2,183 (81.39%)
No – 499 (18.61%)

Bonding Proposal Traverse City Area Public Schools
Yes – 15,679 (67.17%)
No – 7,662 (32.83%)

For the full election results in Grand Traverse County, visit their website here.

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