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Posted: 08/13/14

Results from the Aug. 5 Macomb County primary

Observer Staff Writer
      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 (Washington Township, Bruce Township and part of Shelby Township). Pete Lucido claimed the Republican candidate spot with 50.5 percent of the votes, just beating out Stan Grot's 49.5 percent.
       "I'm elated that they chose me to represent them," Lucido said. "I'm honored that the voters understood my message and agree with me that we have to serve our families first in order to bring a brighter tomorrow to the 36th district."
       The contest for the House representative turned a few heads due to the amount of money spent on campaigns. Lucido said he contributed more than $150,000 of his own money to help finance his campaign.
       The race also heated up when Lucido challenged Grot to a debate in July, but Grot was reluctant to do so, which Lucido turned into an issue in his campaign.
       "I hope now that any differences or disagreements or statements that were made in this campaign, either way, are behind both myself and Mr. Grot and that we will work together," he said.
       Grot, a former Sterling Heights City Council member, said it was a tough race, thanking voters for heading to the polls. He claimed, though, that groups like the UAW that typically vote for the Democratic Party were voting for Lucido.
       "You're basically running against two parties," he said. "If the race was run on Republican primary only, I had the race."
       Lucido will go on to face Robert Murphy, who ran as the only Democrat for the position.
       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). Hackel ran unopposed on the Democrat side.
       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 to 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 was 2,623 to 1,294; 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 saw a 21.9 percent turnout while Ray Township had a 20.1 percent turnout. Armada Township had 19.4 percent of its voters show up to the polls.

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