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Voter Guide: Commerce, West Bloomfield

Voter Guide: Commerce, West Bloomfield

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General Election, November 4, 2008, Commerce, West Bloomfield
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 VOTER GUIDE
Commerce / West Bloomfield
Publication of Spinal Column Newsweekly 
GENERAL ELECTION NOVEMBER 4, 2008
 
PAGE 2/C,WBwww.spinalcolumnonline.comSPINAL COLUMN NEWSWEEKLY 
NOTICE OF ELECTION – GENERAL ELECTION
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2008CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF WEST BLOOMFIELD
TO THE QUALIFIED ELECTORS:NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN,
 that a General Election will be held in:
CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF WEST BLOOMFIELD
County of Oakland, State of Michigan
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2008
THE POLLS will be open 7 o’clock a.m. until 8 o’clock p.m.ALL POLLING PLACES ARE HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE, BRAILLEAND AUDIO VERSION OF THE VOTING INSTRUCTIONS ARE AVAILABLEAT THE POLLING PLACES LISTED BELOW:
Precinct 1Orchard Lake Middle School,
6000 Orchard Lake Road, Handicapped Entrance –NW Rear of Building
Precinct 2Walnut Creek Middle School,
7602 Walnut Lake Road
Precinct 3Episcopal Church of the Advent,
3325 Middlebelt Road, Handicapped – All Entrances
Precinct 4Twin Beach Elementary School,
7149 Oakley Park Road, Handicapped Entrance –N. Side of Building
Precinct 5Gretchko Elementary School,
5300 Greer Road, Handicapped – All Entrances
Precinct 6Beth Ahn Synagogue,
5075 Maple Road, Handicapped Entrance – East Side of Building
Precinct 7Doherty Elementary School,
3575 Walnut Lake Road, Handicapped Entrance –Rear of Building
Precinct 8Scotch School,
5959 Commerce Road, Handicapped – All Entrances
Precinct 9Eagle School,
29410 W. Fourteen Mile Road, Handicapped Entrance – Front of Building
Precinct 10Ealy School,
5475 Maple Road, Handicapped Entrance – Front of Building
Precinct 11Shepherd King Lutheran Church,
5300 Maple Road, Handicapped Entrance –Rear N. Side of Building
Precinct 12Temple Israel,
5725 Walnut Lake Rd., Handicapped Entrance – Rear S. Side of Building
Precinct 13Pine Lake School,
3333 W. Long Lake Road, Handicapped Entrance –NW Corner of Building
Precinct 14Keith Elementary School,
2800 Keith Road, Handicapped Entrance – N. Side of Building
Precinct 15West Bloomfield Main Library,
4600 Walnut Lake Road, Handicapped Entrance –All Entrances
Precinct 16West Hills Middle School,
2601 Lone Pine Road, Handicapped Entrance –N. Side of Building
Precinct 17Holy Spirit Lutheran Church,
4800 Orchard Lake Road, Handicapped Entrance –S. Side of Building
Precinct 18Pleasant Lake Elementary School,
4900 Halsted, Handicapped Entrance – All Entrances
Precinct 19The Covenant Baptist Church,
5800 Maple Road, Handicapped Entrance –NW Side of Building
Precinct 20Temple Israel,
5725 Walnut Lake Road, Handicapped Entrance – Rear S. Side of Building
Precinct 21The Friendship Circle,
6892 West Maple Road, Handicapped Entrance – All Entrances
Precinct 22Maple Elementary School,
7389 Maple Road, Handicapped Entrance – N. 2nd Door
Precinct 23Drake Community Sports Park,
6801 Drake Road, Handicapped Entrance –South Side of Building
Precinct 24Maple Elementary School,
7389 Maple Road, Handicapped Entrance – N. 2nd Door
Precinct 25Gretchko Elementary School,
5300 Greer Road, Handicapped Entrance –E. Side of Building
Precinct 26B’Nai Moshe Synagogue,
6800 Drake Road, Handicapped Entrance – Main Entrance
Precinct 27West Bloomfield Community Service Center,
5810 Commerce Road,Hand
icapped Entr
ance – North End
Counting CenterTownship Hall,
4500 Walnut Lake RoadFOR THE PURPOSE OF NOMINATING CANDIDATES OF ALL PARTICIPATING POLITICAL PARTIES FOR THEFOLLOWING OFFICES:
PRESIDENTIAL
President and Vice President of the United States
CONGRESSIONAL
United States Senator, Representative in Congress – 9th District
LEGISLATIVE
Representative in State Legislature – 39th and 43rd Districts
STATE
Member of the State Board of Education, University of Michigan Regents,Trustee of Michigan State University, Governor of Wayne State University
COUNTY
County Executive, Prosecuting Attorney, Sheriff, Clerk/Register of Deeds,Tr
easurer, Drain Commissioner, County Commissioner – 5th, 16th and 17th Districts
JUDICIAL
Justice of the Supreme Court, Judge of Court of Appeals, 2nd District –Incumbent Position, Judge of Court of Appeals – 2nd District – Incumbent PositionPartial Term Ending 1/1/2013, Judge of the Circuit Court – 6th District – IncumbentPosition, Judge of Circuit Court – 6th Circuit – Non-incumbent Position, Judge ofCircuit Court – 6th Circuit – Incumbent Position Partial Term Ending 1/1/2013,Judge of Probate Court – Oakland County – Non-incumbent Position, Judge ofDistrict Court – 48th District – Incumbent Position
LOCAL SCHOOL
School District of the City of Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills School District, Walled
DISTRICTS
Lake Consolidated School District, Waterford School District, West BloomfieldSchool District
COMMUNITY
Oakkland Community College Board of Trustee Member, Oakland Community
COLLEGE
College Board of Trustees Member – Partial Term Ending 1/1/2011
TOWNSHIP
Township Supervisor, Township Clerk, Township Treasurer, Township Trustee(4 to be elected), Township Parks & Recreation Commissioner (7 to be elected),Township Library BoardAND FOR THE PURPOSE OF VOTING ON THE FOLLOWING PROPOSALS:STATE PROPOSAL 08-1: A legislative initiative to permit the use and cultivation of marijuana for specifiedmedical conditions.STATE PROPOSAL 08-2: A proposal to amend the State Constitution to address human embryo and humanembryonic stem cell research in Michigan.COUNTY PROPOSAL: A proposed modification to the Oakland County Merit System covering the employeesof the County of Oakland that updates the system from its original 1966 version as explained by countyresolution #08119.Full text of the proposals may be obtained from:SHARON A. LAW, TOWNSHIP CLERKWest Bloomfield Township • 4550 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield 48325, 248-451-4848
As a registeredvoter, you may obtain an absentee voter ballot if you are:age 60 years old or olderunable to vote without assistance at the pollsexpecting to be out of town on election dayin jail awaiting arraignment or trialunable to attend the polls due to religious reasonsappointed to work as an election inspector in a precinct outside of your precinct of residence.A person who registers to vote by mail must vote in person in the first election in which he or she participates.
SHARON A. LAW,TOWNSHIP CLERKSC: 10-22-08
NOTICE TO THE QUALIFIEDELECTORS OF THE CHARTERTOWNSHIP OF WEST BLOOMFIELD
Notice is hereby given that the Public AccuracyTest for the November 4, 2008 PresidentialElection has been scheduled for Thursday,October 30, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. in the TownshipHall at 4550 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield,Michigan.The Public Accuracy Test is conducted todemonstrate that the computer program used torecord and count the votes cast at the electionmeets the requirements of law.
SHARON A. LAW, CLERKWest Bloomfield Township248-451-4848SC: 10-22-08
CITY OF ORCHARD LAKE VILLAGE
PUBLIC ACCURACY TEST NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN
 that a PublicAccuracy test for the November 4, 2008General Election will be conducted onTuesday, October 28, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. in the City Hall located at 3955 Orchard LakeRoad, Orchard Lake, Michigan.The Public Accuracy test is conducted todemonstrate that the program and computer that will be used to tabulate the results of theelection have been prepared in accordancewith law.
Janet Overholt GreenCity ClerkSC: 10-22-08
CITY OF ORCHARD LAKE VILLAGE
ABSENTEE BALLOTSNOTICE
TO THE QUALIFIED ELECTORS OF
THE CITY OF ORCHARD LAKE VILLAGE:
Absentee Ballots for the November 4, 2008General Election may be obtained from the CityClerk at the City Hall, 3955 Orchard Lake Road,Orchard Lake, Michigan from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00p.m. Monday through Friday and on Saturday,November 1, 2008 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.Emergency Ballots ONLYmay be cast on the dateof the Election – November 4, 2008.
CITY OF ORCHARD LAKE VILLAGEJanet Overholt GreenCity ClerkSC: 10-22-08
CITY OFORCHARD LAKE VILLAGENOTICE OFPLANNING COMMISSIONMEETING DATE CHANGE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN
 that theNovember 2008 Regular PlanningCommission Meeting originally scheduledfor November 4, 2008 has beenrescheduled to November 11, 2008 at 7:30p.m. in the Orchard Lake City Hall, 3955Orchard Lake Road, Orchard Lake,Michigan. You are invited to attend thismeeting.
Janet Overholt GreenCity ClerkSC: 10-22-08
 
OCTOBER 22-28, 2008www.spinalcolumnonline.comPAGE 3/C,WB
general election voter guide
Incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. JoeKnollenberg is being challenged byDemocrat Gary Peters in the Tuesday,Nov. 4 general election. Members of Congress serve two-year terms and arecurrently paid $165,200 annually.The following are questions our staff recently posed to Peters, and hisresponses to those questions.Knollenberg didn’t respond to our can-didate questionnaire.
IRAQ/AFGHANISTAN:
Despite progressin Iraq, there are still many calling forrapid withdrawal of U.S. forces. Howshould the nation handle the situationin Iraq, and why? State why you are oraren’t satisfied with the level of troopdeployment and the nature of our pres-ence in Afghanistan.
FINANCIAL CRISIS:
 America has beenrocked by the recent collapse of banksand financial firms. What’s your vision for helping the economy rebound in theshort term, especially given the creditcrisis that threatens to cripple the econ-omy? What would you like done toimplement long-term structural changesthat ensure a strong economy? Do yousupport the economic recovery plan pro-posed by President Bush?
HEALTH CARE:
 Where do you stand onthe notion of implementing some kindof universal health care or somehowreforming the existing system?
ENERGY/OIL DEPENDENCY:
 What alter-native fuels and energies do you believethe nation should be pursuing? Pleasetell us where you stand on proposals toopen up the Arctic National WildlifeRefuge to oil drilling, or expanding off-shore drilling.
TOP ISSUES:
 What are the three mostimportant issues for the district, andhow do you propose to address them?
 WHY YOU?
 Why should voters choose you over your opponent?
GARY PETERS
IRAQ/AFGHANISTAN:
 As a former Lt.Commander in the Navy Reserve, Ibelieve we must immediately beginredeploying troops from Iraq, so we canrespond to other serious threats. Idon’t support a “rapid withdrawal,” buta responsible and safe redeploymentthat protects our troops and militarymateriel while providing stability. While we are spending $10 billion a month,Iraq has a surplus of over $79 billion.It’s time for the Iraqi government totake responsibility for the security of Iraq.The Bush Administration’s single-minded focus on Iraq, which my oppo-nent has supported, has allowed al-Qaeda to become stronger than it hasbeen since 2001. This can’t continue,and I will support policies to refocus ourmilitary effort on finding, capturing, anddefeating the terrorists who attacked us,and who would do us harm.
FINANCIAL CRISIS:
This crisis nevershould have happened, and we must actnow to stabilize the economy, ensure liq-uidity in the credit and banking system,and help families stay in their homes. In Washington, I will use my background inbusiness and finance to take action toprotect taxpayers, and to fight for moreaccountability over Wall Street to ensurethis kind of disaster can never happenagain.Rather than eliminating the safe-guards, as Mr. Knollenberg has votedrepeatedly to do, I believe we must havea 21st century regulatory system that will protect taxpayers while encouraginggrowth.I was frustrated that Congress didn’ttake action on these issues in the bailoutbill passed earlier this month. While Isupported the effort to get liquidity intothe market as quickly as possible, the job is far from done.
HEALTH CARE:
 Affordable, qualityhealth care should be the right of every American, and in Congress, I will work to make this a reality. The health caresituation is both a moral crisis and aneconomic crisis.Today, American businesses are putat a severe competitive disadvantagecompared to other countries because of our outrageous health care premiums.Small businesses that want to hire moreemployees are unable to do so becauseof the cost of health insurance. We must allow Medicare to negotiate for lower prescription drug prices forsenior citizens — just like the VA alreadydoes. We also must provide childrenaccess to quality, affordable health care.The SCHIP program (known as MIChildhere in Michigan) works, but on the fed-eral level President Bush and my oppo-nent have blocked this important legisla-tion.
ENERGY/OIL DEPENDENCY:
High ener-gy prices are crippling Michigan’s auto-motive industry and hurting families,and our dependence on foreign oil placesour national security in jeopardy. Wemust take immediate action to reducethe price of fuel, and to make a seriousinvestment in alternative energy researchand development. Although I opposedrilling in the Great Lakes and in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, I supportdomestic drilling as part of a compre-hensive energy policy that includes windand solar energy, advanced vehicles, andbiofuels.The challenges of global climatechange and reducing our dependence on foreign oil present an enormous oppor-tunity for Michigan’s economy. We havethe best engineers, researchers, work-ers, and universities anywhere in the world, and we are ready to take the leadin the next generation of alternativeenergy technologies that will create jobsand bring new investment to Michigan.
TOP ISSUES:
First and foremost, I willtake action to reinvest in Michigan’seconomy to create jobs by investing inour auto industry and new industries likealternative energy.Second, I will work to ensure all Americans have access to quality, afford-able health care. Spiraling health carepremiums are hurting families and placea terrible burden on American business-es. We are the only developed nation in which all citizens don’t have access toaffordable health care, and our business-es are forced to bear that extra burden.Finally, as a former Lt. Commander inthe Navy Reserve, I will work towards aresponsible end of the war in Iraq. Anyresponsible redeployment will take atleast 18 months, but the Iraqis musttake responsibility for their own country,and we need to start the process imme-diately so that we can refocus ourefforts on defeating the terrorists in Afghanistan.
 WHY YOU?
My family has been here inOakland County for five generations, andI understand the challenges we’re facing.I have the unique mix of experience andskill that will allow me to tackle thesechallenges head-on, starting on day one.In the Michigan Senate, I had aproven record of bipartisan leadership,having more of my bills signed into lawthan any other Democratic senator. Atthe Lottery, I generated record revenuesto invest in our classrooms, and did itunder budget every year. I spent morethan 20 years in the investment sector,and will use that experience to provideleadership in responding the financial cri-sis.I know Michigan is ready to take thelead in education, research, and newindustries that will create the vehiclesand energy sources of the future — andthat’s what I will work to do inCongress.
Orchard Lake, Waterford, West Bloomfield
U.S. Congress/9th
Gary Peters served two terms in theMichigan Senate before becomingcommissioner of the Michigan Lottery.He is a former Lieutenant Comman-der in the Navy Reserve. Peters worked for 20 years as a vice presi-dent at Merrill Lynch and UBS/PaineWebber.
PUBLIC NOTICETO THE CITIZENS OFTHE CITY OF WIXOM
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN
 that the
PUBLICACCURACY TEST
for the November 4, 2008General Election will be conducted on Monday,October 27, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at Wixom CityHall, 49045 Pontiac Trail, Wixom, Michigan.The Public Accuracy Test is conducted to deter-mine that the program and computer being used to tabulate the results of the election count thevotes in the manner prescribed by law.
Linda KirbyCity Clerk SC: 10-22-08
Election results onelection night, from theSpinal ColumnNewsweeklystarting at 10:30 p.m.Turn to our website
Website election resultsupdated everyhalf hour.

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