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Posted: 11/14/12

Bruce voters choose
incumbents, supervisor

by CHRIS GRAY
Observer Staff Writer
      Bruce Township residents have shaped the 2012 to 2016 Board of Trustees.
       The Nov. 6 election has finalized the new Board of Trustees, with a new supervisor and the incumbents remaining in their seats for another four-year term.
       Richard Cory ran unopposed on the ballot for supervisor, collecting 3,451 votes (100 percent) according to the Macomb County Elections Department.
       "I was very happy to be elected and that I can continue to work in my community," he said. "I'm looking forward to working with all the great people at the township and at the fire hall."
       Clerk Susan Brockmann also ran unopposed on the ballot, but had an opponent in the form of a write-in candidacy from Trese Servitto-Smith. Brockmann claimed 3,277 votes (100 percent).
       "I appreciate the confidence (residents have) in the job I'm doing and look forward to continuing for the next four years," Brockmann said.
       A total of 245 write-in votes were submitted regarding the clerk position, while a total of 55 write-in votes were cast for the supervisor.
       These votes will not be validated until the county verifies them. No totals were available as of Observer print deadline for how many votes each registered write-in candidate received.
       Treasurer Deborah Obrecht also ran unopposed on the ballot, garnering 3,632 votes (100 percent). No candidates filed any write-in campaigns for the position.
       Trustees Mark Falker and Paul Okoniewski will retain their seats on the board for another four years, gathering more votes than Democratic candidate Zachary Fowler. Falker collected the most votes with 3,064 (41.3 percent), saying he wants to continue to represent agriculture on the board.
       "I'm humbled and pleased that the residents want me to sit and represent them for another four years," Falker said.
       Okoniewski finished the race with 2,642 votes (35.7 percent), saying he wants to continue his goals of working on the township's infrastructure.
       "I hope to pave 34 Mile between Campground and Fisher and improving dirt roads with limestone," he said.
       Fowler gathered a total of 1,704 votes (23 percent).
       A total of 4,959 voters submitted a ballot in Bruce Township, or 76 percent, which was the highest turnout in Macomb County.


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