WWMT Newschannel 3 - Search Results
Election Day voting begins
WEST MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - It is Election Day in West Michigan and there are dozens of races we're keeping an eye on, from city councils, to commission races, school boards and millages.
The polls open at 7:00 a.m. and the biggest vote here in Kalamazoo is for the 50th city commission.
All seven city commission seats are up for grabs. Commissioners are elected every two years and the top two vote-getters will become mayor and vice mayor.
Bobby Hopewell is seeking re-election as the Kalamazoo Mayor.
Vice Mayor Hannah McKinney is not running this year, so there will be at least one new member on the commission.
In Portage, Mayor Peter Strazdas is running un-opposed. However, there are three council seats up for vote in the city.
One of the biggest issues up for a vote in West Michigan is the Saugatuck-Douglas merger. Supporters of the merger believe the consolidation would save money and the towns would be more effective as one community.
Saugatuck and Douglas each have about 1,000 residents. They already share many services like a school system, police and fire. But opponents don't believe there are compelling reasons to change. It needs a majority in both cities to pass.
In South Haven, current Mayor, 73-year-old Robert Burr, is seeking re-election for a third two-year term. Running against him is 25-year-old Frank Consolino.
But, there is some controversy in the mix because Consolino just plead guilty to three felony charges of marijuana distribution, according to M-Live. If he is sentenced to jail or prison time he will not be able to serve as mayor.
Everything is on the line in Coldwater as the passage of a millage on the ballot could make or break the school system. The millage is a renewal of one that expired back in July. The 18-mills in question would mean a loss of $5.5 million or 22-percent of the budget for the school if voters choose "no." That means a layoff of 57 teachers and the potential cut of all transportation and athletics.
In Grand Rapids voters can approve a millage that would provide funding to repair and improve city parks. The seven-year property millage would cost each home 44-dollars per year, generating $4-million for the city annually.
That money would go towards repairing current park equipment and investing new equipment as well as help extend the city swimming pool season.
Again, the polls open in West Michigan at 7:00 a.m. They will remain open until 8:00 p.m.