Election 2012 is history, except for the State of Florida, where things were still in flux after most other results were in and tallied.
Here in Michigan, our U.S. Senate race finds Peter Hoekstra failing in his challenge to incumbent Debbie Stabenow.
Over in the U.S. House, Republican gun rights backer Bill Huizenga gets the nod, while voters send Justin Amash back to the hill for a second term.
All six of the Michigan ballot proposals go down, which means no changes to the state constitution, but also that the Emergency Manager Law is off the books. There will be consequences to that decision, as we’ll learn in the days and weeks to come.
In judicial races, U-M Law Prof Bridget Mary McCormack joins incumbent Justices Steven Markman and Brian Zahra on the State Supreme Court.
In the state house, we pretty much stuck to status quo with a couple of notable exceptions. Democratic challenger Winnie Brinks un-seated scandal tainted Republican Roy Schmidt in the 76th district; and in the 91st, Democratic newcomer Collene Lamonte defeats incumbent republican holly Hughes. In the 74th, with no incumbent, Republican Rob VerHeulen emerged the winner over Richard Erdman.
In Kent County offices, Sheriff Larry Stelma, Clerk Mary Hollinrake and Treasurer Ken Parrish will stay in their county building offices another term.
Kent county ballot questions---Grand Rapids has decriminalized marijuana, while in Walker, voters opt to remain in the ITP metro transit system. Going down was a bus investment millage in Cedar Springs and a recreation center millage in Sparta. The rest of the questions all secured yes votes.
Moving to Ottawa County proposals, only one rejection-a proposed zoning referendum in Allendale Township gets thumbs down from the electorate. The other questions, including a multi jurisdictional airport millage all pass.
And in Muskegon County, voters give clerk Nancy Waters and Treasurer Tony Moulatsiotis another term.
Looking at Muskegon County issues, a mixed bag. The city of Muskegon shoots down charter amendments on civil service policy and placement of a permanent operating millage but approves the other two questions for senior citizen public transit and rezoning the Sappi Paper property.
Muskegon Community Colleges loses its request for a $31 million construction bonding issue, but the rest of the questions get through, including a one mil construction bond for Kent City Community schools and a snowmobile issue in Whitehall.
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