Your Aug. 7 Primary Ballot
Candidate fields for local, state and federal races will be whittled down, and millage requests for public safety, buses and the arts will be determined Tuesday.
Planning to vote tomorrow? Remember, the Aug. 7 primary is partially closed, meaning voters can only choose candidates in either the Republican or Democrat section of the partisan ballot. Check here for more information about voting in Aug. 7 primary.
Here's a look at the candidates and issues that you will see on your ballot:
Incumbent U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow is running unopposed in the Democratic primary for one of two Senate seats.
District 9: Due to redistricting, 9th District U.S. Rep. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) is now running in the 14th District. Bloomfield Township is now in the newly redrawn 9th district, Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Sandy Levin is running unopposed in the Aug. 7 primary, while Gregory Dildilian, of Royal Oak, and Don Volaric, of Clinton Twp., vie for the Republican nomination.
District 11: With the implosion of incumbent U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter's re-election campaign following a failed presidential bid and a petition-signature scandal, the path to the newly drawn 11th District is wide open.
The district now includes voters from Wayne and Oakland counties, including those in Bloomfield Hills, beginning in January. There are currently five candidates for the open seat: Republican Kerry Bentivolio, a war veteran, reindeer farmer and teacher from Milford; Nancy Cassis of Novi, a declared write-in candidate; Syed Taj, a Canton Township board member; William F. Roberts, a political activist, and The Rev. Drexel Morton, of Canton, also a write-in.
The field for the Republican Party candidate to represent the Bloomfield area in the State House is crowded. Bloomfield Hills City Commissioner Mike McCready, Oakland County Commissioner and Birmingham-based attorney David Potts, West Bloomfield attorney David Wolkinson and Birmingham Board of Education Trustee Robert Lawrence will round out the GOP side of the ticket. On the ballot for Democrats is West Bloomfield's Dorian Coston. All seek the open seat left by term-limited Rep. Chuck Moss (R-Birmingham).
Public Safety Millage
Voters will be asked to renew a 2.39-mill levy for public safety protection that expires in December. More information about the millage is available here.
Board of Trustees
All seven members of the Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees will appear on the ballot and are running unopposed.
- Oakland County Executive: L. Brooks Patterson will seek another term (See Patterson Files for Re-Election: What Can He Do for Bloomfield?). He will be challenged by Republican E. Wadsworth Sherrod III in the primary. Kevin Howley of Huntington Woods is the Democratic candidate.
- Oakland County Sheriff: Mike Bouchard will seek another term. He will be challenged by Republican James Stevens of Rochester Hills in the primary. Jane Felice Boudreau is the Democratic candidate.
- Oakland County Prosecutor: Mike Bishop, the Republican former Senate Majority Leader from Rochester, will challenge Democratic incumbent Jessica Cooper, of Franklin.
- Oakland County Clerk: Democrat Lisa Brown of West Bloomfield will challenge Bill Bullard, the Republican incumbent.
- Oakland County Treasurer: Republican Marty Knollenberg will challenge Democrat Andy Meisner.
- Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner: Republican John McCulloch will seek another term. Democrats Mark Danowski and Jim Nash will face off in the primary.
Because of redistricting, Bloomfield Hills and Bloomfield Township now fall into two different County Commission districts.
- District 12: Incumbent Shelley Goodman Taub, a Republican from Bloomfield Township, will face Democrat Paul Secrest of Bloomfield Hills in November.
- District 15: Incumbent Marcia Gershenson, a Democrat from Bloomfield Hills, faces Al Zaparackas of Farmington Hills in November.
- DIA Millage: Voters will be asked to support .2 mills for the Oakland County Art Institute Authority
- SMART Bus Funding: Voters will also decide a .59 mill proposal for the Oakland County Transportation Millage. Find more about these proposals here.