2017-01-01 / Insight

Lapeer County voters favored Donald Trump for president

Howell elected state representative
BY JEFF HOGAN
810-452-2640 • jhogan@mihomepaper.com


Rep. Gary Howell of Deerfield Township defeated Democratic challenger Margaret Guerrero DeLuca in the Nov. 8 general election to win his first full term as our 82nd House District representative. Rep. Gary Howell of Deerfield Township defeated Democratic challenger Margaret Guerrero DeLuca in the Nov. 8 general election to win his first full term as our 82nd House District representative. LAPEER — Nearly 70 percent of Lapeer County’s registered voters came out Nov. 8 to participate in our community’s general election and overwhelmingly supported Donald Trump to become our next president.

Trump defeated Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton by a margin of 30,037 to 12,734 — a difference of 17,303 votes.

According to Lapeer County Clerk Theresa Spencer, 45,795 of 66,884 registered voters cast a vote Nov. 8, set- ting a new all-time high record for voter participation in an election.

Lapeer County voters also elected Mike Sharkey as our next county prosecutor, passed a new millage for Lapeer County EMS and renewed a millage to fund the Lapeer County Veterans Affairs Office (see separate stories).

• In other races, Lapeer County voters helped elect Dryden Township resident Republican Paul Mitchell to become our new 10th Congressional District representative in Congress to replace Candice Miller who retired from the seat she held for many years.

Mitchell earned 29,402 votes, followed by Democrat Frank Accivitti (11,963), Libertarian Lisa Lane Gioia (1,432) and Green Party candidate Benjamin Nofs (606).

• Republican Gary Howell of Deerfield Township defeated Democratic challenger Margaret Guerrero DeLuca 29,962-13,492 to win his first full term as our 82nd House District representative.

• Chief Circuit Court Judge Nick Holowka easily staved off a writein challenge by Dave Richardson — 25,307 to 6,886 — to win his last term to serve as judge.

• Republican Les Nichols defeated Democrat Howard Coon, 28,018 to 13,220, to win a seat on the Lapeer County Road Commission.

• Voters in the Imlay City Community Schools district rejected a sinking fund ballot proposal, 2,730 to 2,576, to raise money to make capital improvements to buildings and facilities.

• North Branch Area Schools district voters renewed an operating millage proposal by a tally of 2,686 to 2,473.

• Goodland Township voters were not too keen on the idea of being taxed more to fund ordinance enforcement, defeated a millage proposal 651-248.

• Jennifer Mitchell and Michael Sullivan were elected to serve on the Almont Community Schools Board of Education.

• Kathryn Giles and Kelly Fuerst won seats on the Dryden Board of Education.

• Douglas Van Dyk and Ashley Campbell- Whiting were elected to serve on the Imlay City Board of Education.

• Lisa Novak and Jan Peabody were elected to serve on the Lapeer Community Schools Board of Education.

• Elected to the North Branch Board of Education were Daniel Deshetsky, Brenden Miller and Cory Mabery.

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