2017 northern Michigan election roundup

Nov 8, 2017

Credit Sam Cordon

Please note, these are unofficial election results.

Traverse City commission:

Traverse City commissioner Gary Howe has lost his seat in a tight race. Brian McGillivary, a former Record Eagle reporter, has won a spot on the new commission. 

Incumbents Michele Howard and Tim Werner have been re-elected. Howard earned the most votes of any candidate, winning the support of 27 percent of voters.   

Three candidates – McGillivary, Werner and Howe – came within half a percentage point of each other in the election. Jeff Leonhardt lost his bid for city commission.

Frankfort city council:

Paul Luedtke held onto his seat on the city council, earning the most votes Tuesday. Newcomers Elizabeth Dobrzynski and Bob McNabb got the second and third most votes. Karen Leinaar lost narrowly. Maurice Stahl also lost his bid for city council. 

Harbor Springs city council:

Voters chose incumbent John Cupps and newcomer John Lio to fill two seats on the city council. Jeff James lost his seat on the council.

Petoskey city council:

Kate Marshall and Grant Dittmar held their posts on the Petoskey city council. Marshall ran unopposed. Dittmar beat Carla Crockett, collecting 54 percent of the vote.

Cadillac mayor:

Voters in Cadillac voted to keep Carla Filkins as mayor. She beat Tony Rubio with 61 percent of the vote.

School millages and bonds:

Voters in Charlevoix and Emmet County approved a regional enhancement millage. In a rare move, they signed off on a property tax that puts another $5 million a year towards operating schools. That amounts to more than $600 per student. The enhancement millage passed with about 57 percent of the vote. The strongest support came from Emmet County.

School districts up north had mixed results with new bond proposals Tuesday. 

Voters in Harbor Springs and Charlevoix agreed to spend more money on school buildings and other infrastructure. Voters in Cadillac rejected a new property tax. A bond proposal for Forest Area Schools also did not pass.