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Posted: 08/06/14

Results of the
Aug. 5 primary

      The Aug. 5 primary has decided candidates for the November election and approved of the elimination of personal property taxes.
       Results from the Macomb County Election Department show a close race at the polls for District 36 State Representative. Pete Lucido claimed the Republican candidate spot with 50.5 percent of the votes, just beating out Stan Grot's 49.5 percent.
       The contest for the Republican spot turned a few heads due to the amount of money the candidates spent on their campaigns. Lucido spent more than $150,000 of his own money to help finance his campaign.
       Lucido will go on to face Robert Murphy, who ran unopposed for the Democratic candidate spot.
       The Macomb County executive race will see incumbent Mark Hackel, a Democrat, go against David Novak. Novak gained the most votes for the Republican nomination with 48.6 percent, beating out Erin Stahl (35.8 percent) and Randell Shafer (15.6 percent).
       The statewide ballot issue to phase out personal property taxes - Proposal 1 - passed with 862,953 votes in favor of it and 382,361 against it.
       The proposal authorized the creation of a Local Community Stabilization Authority. The authority will distribute revenue collected by the state use tax to local governments to reimburse them for tax revenue lost from eliminating the personal property tax.
       The state use tax will be split between a new local community stabilization tax and a state share tax. The two taxes would be levied at a combined maximum rate of 6 percent, which is the current rate of the use tax.
       Macomb County voters were in support of Proposal 1, with 61.9 percent selecting "yes" to 38.1 percent saying no.
       Locally, Bruce Township had 929 for the proposal to 512 against it; Washington Township saw 2,623 supporting votes to 1,294 against it; and Ray Township voted 334 to 201.
       Meanwhile, the Macomb County public transportation millage was approved with 59.6 percent in favor and 40.4 against it. The approval will result in a tax increase of $25 to $35 a year to fund the SMART bus system.
       Races for local representatives included district 7 for the Macomb County Board of Commissioners, district 8 for State Senate and district 10 U.S. House of Representatives. Each position only had one Democratic and Republican candidate for the primary, meaning they would appear on the November ballot regardless of the Aug. 5 vote.
       Congresswoman Candice Miller, Republican, will face Chuck Stadler, Democrat; Incumbent Republican Senator Jack Brandenburg will square off against Democrat Christine Bell; and Incumbent District 7 Commissioner Don Brown, Republican, will face Jerome Quinn, Jr., Democrat.
       Voter turnout was at 17 percent in Macomb County. Bruce Township had a 23.8 percent turnout, the second highest only to the Village of Grosse Pointe Shores at 30.2 percent. Washington Township had a 21.9 percent turnout while Ray Township had a 20.1 percent turnout. Armada Township saw a 19.4 percent turnout.

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