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Winners at a glance
Nation President: Barack Obama/Joe Biden U.S. Senate: Debbie Stabenow U.S. House: Tim Walberg and John Dingell State House 52nd District: Gretchen Driskell 53rd District: Jeff Irwin 54th District: David Rutledge 55th District: Adam Zemke Washtenaw County Officers Register of Deeds/ Clerk: Lawrence Kestenbaum Treasurer: Catherine McClary Prosecuting Attorney: Brian Mackie Sheriff: Jerry Clayton Water Resources Commissioner: Evan Pratt Washtenaw County Board District 1: Kent Martinez Krantz District 2: Dan Smith District 3: Alicia Ping District 4: Felicia Brabec District 5: Rolland Sizemore District 6: Ronnie Peterson District 7: Andy LaBarre District 8: Yousef Rabhi District 9: Conan Smith Judicial 22nd Circuit Court: Timmothy Connors 22nd Circuit Court: Carol Kuhnke 14A District Court: J. Cedric Simpson 15th District Court: Joseph Burke Probate Judge: Darlene O’Brien

Board president to focus on funding, improvement
By Danny Shaw
A2 Journal

Voters return Mexicotte to school board
administration: The advantages of a new idea or a decision are usually obvious. Upon a focused, conscious examination, however, disadvantages begin to appear.” Mexicotte said her campaign, while a challenge, proved to be an exciting, emotional ride to victory. “It has been really amazing getting out and campaigning,” she said. “I was talking to lots and lots of people and got to see how important our district is and how much they appreciate all the work that has been done.” With more than 68,000 votes cast as of early Wednesday, Mexicotte said she was floored at the overall turnout, especially since it’s more than she’s ever seen for an Ann Arbor Board of Education election. “It’s a really interesting thing because this is the first full presidential election an Ann Arbor board member ran in,” she said. “Elected trustees win typically with 6,000. It’s really quite daunting for a non-partisan candidate, and for a person on the bottom of the ballot, to see so many voters come out.” As for the future, Mexicotte said her focus, as it always has been, is on consistently improving the quality of public education while crusading for more funding. “Education is the key to the future of Michigan,” Mexicotte said. “The next four years in Michigan are going

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Ann Arbor school board incumbent Deb Mexicotte will serve a fourth consecutive term after her stark win against challenger Dale Leslie. According to unofficial election results, Mexicotte won by nearly 13,000 votes as of early Wednesday morning. Mexicotte, who ran opposed for two of her four elections, said she’s thrilled to serve the Ann Arbor community again and was impressed with the voter turnout. “I have to say it has been really, really uplifting and it makes me so excited to be a trustee for another four years,” Mexicotte said. “This is a great community and they care about education.” Leslie said he’s disappointed with the overall turnout, but looked at the campaign trail as an educational process “Congratulations to President Mexicotte on her re-election,” Leslie said. “I leave with this parting suggestion for the public, board and the

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Deb Mexicotte to be quite telling because I think we are really struggling in public education and how it’s going to be funded.” Staff Writer Danny Shaw can be reached at 734-429-7380 or dshaw@heritage.com. Follow him on Twitter @ShawEduReporter. Text HERNews to 22700 to receive news and weather alerts to your cellphone. Msg and data rates may apply.

Voters reject library bond, keep board members
Unofficial vote shows majority against proposal
By Ben Baird
A2 Journal

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Results at a glance
State Proposals Proposal 1: Yes Proposal 2: No Proposal 3: No Proposal 4: No Proposal 5: No Proposal 6: No Ann Arbor City Proposals Proposal A: Yes Proposal B: No Library Proposal Proposal 1: No Editor’s Note: Election results are unofficial and reflect the predicted outcome as of midnight Tuesday.

A large number of voters went against the proposal to demolish the existing Ann Arbor Downtown Library building in place of a new main library. There were 20,314 yes votes counted versus 22,884 no votes counted as of midnight Tuesday on the question of whether to build a new main library downtown to replace the existing location at Fifth and Williams streets. While many Ann Arbor precinct results were in before midnight Tuesday, by deadline several precincts were still being counted and results were also not in for the absentee voter counting boards and some area townships. Election numbers for both the library proposal and library board race are unofficial until the Board of

Canvassers has certified the results. The incumbent Ann Arbor Library Board of Trustee members took the lead among voters Tuesday. Retired librarian Lyn Powrie Davidge, Trustee Rebecca Head, Trustee Nancy Kaplan, President Margaret Leary and Vice President Prue Rosenthal ran for four open positions on the board. The four who received the most votes are Kaplan with 17,025, Leary with 15,494, Head with 14,782, and Rosenthal with 13,148, while Davidge received the least with 11,590 as of midnight Tuesday. All Ann Arbor residents were able to vote on the library proposal and library board race, in addition to residents of parts of Ann Arbor, Lodi, Webster, Pittsfield, Superior, Salem and Scio townships. Voters in the Ann Arbor Public Schools district were asked whether or not to allow the library board to borrow an amount not to exceed $65 million for a new main library, according to the ballot language. The debt service would be paid with a tax beginning with 0.56 mills in 2013.

The Ann Arbor District Library Board’s Facilities Committee reviewed the main library and found multiple inadequacies to meet contemporary needs. Following community forums on a need for a new library and studies comparing the need and cost of a new library versus renovating the current library, board trustees voted unanimously in July to put its proposal to voters to decide. Leary said it the proposal doesn’t pass it only means the library board didn’t successfully make its case to explain the downtown library is not meeting the needs of the community. It’s old, inflexible, small and too expensive to maintain, she said. Assuming the proposal failed, she said the trustees will have to discuss what direction to take with the library next, as they are committed to providing a main library that meets the community’s needs. Leary said for her own name on the ballot it is gratifying for so many residents to support her.

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Voters return Hieftje, elect newcomer
Wards 1-4 uncontested seats
By Jim Pruitt
A2 Journal

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Ann Arbor voters gave their incumbent mayor another term and welcomed a political newcomer to the City Council after Tuesday’s elections. Based on unofficial results from 50 of 59 precincts reporting, Hieftje easily won his seventh term over independent candidate Albert Howard. In Ward 5, voters chose

Chuck Warpehoski to fill the open seat. The unofficial total had Warpehoski garnering 82.5 percent of the vote to Stuart Berry’s 16.8 percent. Wards 1, 2, 3 and 4 were all uncontested, with Democrats Sumi Kailasapathy, Sally Hart Petersen, Christopher Taylor and Margie Teall unscathed. Teall and Taylor are incumbents. Kailasapathy, Petersen and Teall all won their respective primaries. Hieftje said the result is a sign of the support the voters have shown since he became mayor in 2000.

He will work on three major topics: finances, the environment and human services in his next term. “Our community needs to continue to have a solid financial portfolio,” he said. “We have more than adequate reserves. We made it through the Great Recession. We still do the same jobs we used to, but we do it more efficiently.” The city needs to continue its environmental policies that have made it one of the greenest cities in the region, he said. The city also has to improve its transit opportunities as its low jobless rate attracts more

people, Hieftje said. “We need to improve our transit, not build another parking structure,” he said. On the human service side, the city is one of only two in the state to still pay for it out of the general fund and Hieftje says the city needs to maintain that status. Warpehoski, 34, is the director of the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice. He said he brought progressive values to the campaign, as well as a commitment to listening and inclusion along with his community leadership

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