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Voters approve county ballot proposals, decide local races

GENESEE COUNTY — Voters here approved two countywide ballot proposals in Tuesday’s primary, while deciding which candidates will go on to the Nov. 8 general election.

Genesee County residents approved a request for a replacement millage that will provide support for the county’s parks and recreation facilities and programs.

Tuesday’s primary election resulted in 49,572 ballots (67.24 percent) cast in favor of the 10-year 0.75-mill request; 24,148 (32.76 percent) of voters opposed the millage.

Of the 73,720 total votes, 36,219 were cast via absentee ballot. Only 22.72 percent of the county’s 348,367 registered voters weighed in on the proposal.

The millage will replace the current 0.7390-mill levy that expires in 2023. Voters approved the current millage at a rate of 0.75 mills in 2014 and the rate has been rolled back under the terms of the Headlee Amendment.

The new levy is expected to generate just more than $7.7 million in the first year, which will provide about 75 percent of funding for the parks system’s operating budget, parks Director Barry June has said.

The operation budget pays for general operations, maintenance and patrol, and programs including educational programming, passive and active all-weather recreational opportunities, improvements to trails and playgrounds, and park safety.

Also approved by voters Tuesday, by a vote of 39,563-34,517, was the renewal and increase of a Michigan State University Extension millage that funds 4-H programs and other services in Genesee County.

As proposed, the MSU Extension millage renewal doubles the previous tax levy from .04 mills to .08 mills ($0.08 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a 10-year period starting in 2022. The millage was last renewed in 2018 and expired on Dec. 31, 2021.

The millage will provide $843,360 in the first year to continue funding for MSU Extension’s educational programming.

For the owner of an average home valued at $100,000, homeowners will be paying $4 a year on their winter taxes.

There were also a number of party races to determine candidates to go on to the Nov. 8 general election around Genesee County.

8th District U.S. Congress

Paul Junge (R-Grand Blanc) was the winner of the Republican race in Genesee County with 16,267 votes. Incumbent Democratic Congressman Dan Kildee was unopposed.

7th District Judge

Dawn M. Weier of Davison received the most votes with 21,348, followed by Mary Hood of Flint with 20,098 and Rebecca Jurva-Brinn of Grand Blanc with 13,975.

2nd District County Commission

Charles H. Winfrey (D-Flint) was the highest vote-getter with 3,225. He goes on to the Nov. 8 general election to face Lynette Robinson, the Republican candidate, who was unopposed in the primary.

3rd District County Commission

Incumbent Ellen Ellenburg (D-Burton) received the most votes at 2,963. Her opponent in the Nov. 8 election will be Nicholas Goyette (R-Davison) who received 1,811 votes.

4th District County Commission

Incumbent Domonique D. Clemons (D-Flint Township) earned 2,245 votes to win the Democratic nod. He will be challenged in the fall by the winner of the Republican primary, Amy Miller (R-Grand Blanc Township) who received 2,254 votes.

5th District County Commission

James Avery (D-Grand Blanc) won the Democratic primary with 3,225 votes. He will face Republican winner Teri Lynn Chambers (R-Grand Blanc) who received 1,641 votes, in the general election Nov. 8.

7th District County Commission

Martin L. Cousineau (D-Mt. Morris) won the Democratic primary with 2,213 votes. He will face Republican Lynn Culver of Clio in the fall. She was unopposed in the primary.

8th District County Commission

Incumbent Meredith Davis (R-Flushing) won the Republican primary with 2,238 votes. She will face Dale K. Weighill (D-Flint) who won the Democratic primary with 3,179 votes.

9th District County Commission

Michelle Davis (D-Richfield Township) won the Republican primary with 1,437 votes. Her opponent in the general election will be Republican Sue Hopper who was unopposed in the primary.

26th District State Senate

Charles Stadler (D-Vassar) was unopposed in the primary. He will face the winner of the Republican primary, John Daley of Lum, who received 4,087 votes, in the Nov. 8 general election.

27th District State Senate

John D. Cherry (D) of Flint won the Democratic primary Tuesday, receiving 17,500 votes. His opponent in the Nov. 8 election will be Aaron Gardner (R-Grand Blanc) who earned 8,514 votes in the primary.

68th District State Representative

Cheri Hardmon of Grand Blanc won the Democrat primary with 4,682 votes. She will face incumbent David Martin of Davison in the Nov. 8 general election. Martin won the Republican primary with 3,889 votes.

69th District State Representative

Jasper R. Martus (D-Flushing) won the Democratic primary Tuesday with 3,775 votes. His opponent in the Nov. 8 election will be Republican Jesse Couch, who was unopposed in the primary.

71st District State Representative

Brian BeGole (R-Perry) won the Republican primary receiving 1,619 votes. He will face Democrat Mark D. Zacharda in the Nov. 8 election. Zacharda was unopposed in the Democratic primary.

72nd District State Representative

Incumbent Mike Mueller (R-Linden) won the Republican primary with 5,552 votes. Stacy Taylor (D-Holly) received the most votes (4,090) in the Genesee County Democratic primary.

Richfield Township Treasurer

Republican Paul Green pulled off a narrow victory against incumbent Debbie Buterakos in the Republican primary for treasurer with a vote total of 538-528. He will go on to face Democrat Karen Land in the fall. She was unopposed in the Democratic primary.

67th District State Representative

Incumbent Phil Green (R-Millington) won the Republican primary by a vote of 1,084. He will face Democrat Brian A. LaJoie in the fall. He was unopposed in the primary. – Gary Gould and Lania Rocha contributed to this article

Editor’s note: The results in this story are not yet certified by the county elections board. They are taken directly from the Genesee County Clerk’s office website gc4me.com.