Oakland Township: What's on the Primary Ballot

Oakland Township residents will have a busy time in the booth, voting on a variety of candidates and even two millages on Aug. 7.

The are now only week away, and the ballot for Oakland Township is filled with much than local positions. Residents will be voting on county, state and national positions in addition to two millages.

Here is a list of candidates on the ballot, and it should be noted that some residents will be voting in the 45th congressional district while others will be voting in the 46th:

U.S. Senate

  • Clark Durant (R)
  • Gary Glenn (R)
  • Randy Hekman (R)
  • Pete Hoekstra (R)
  • Debbie Stabenow (D)

Congressional Representative (8th District)

  • Mike Rogers (R)
  • Brian Hetrick (R)
  • Vernon Molnar (R)
  • Lance Enderle (D)

State Representative (45th District)

  • Tom McMillin (R)
  • Ted Golden (D)
  • Joanna Van Raaphorst (D)
  • Douglas Wilson (D)

State Representative (46th District)

  • Bradford Jacobsen (R)
  • Daniel W. Sargeant (D)
  • David Jay Lillis (D)

County Executive

  • L. Brooks Patterson (R)
  • E. Wadsworth Sherrod III (R)
  • Kevin Howley (D)

County Prosecuting Attorney

  • Mike Bishop (R)
  • Jessica Cooper (D)

County Sheriff

  • Michael J. Bouchard (R)
  • James Stevens (R)
  • Jane Felice Boudreau (D)

County Register of Deeds

  • Bill Bullard, Jr. (R)
  • Lisa Brown (D)

Country Treasurer:

  • Marty Knollenberg (R)
  • Andy Meisner (D)

Water Resources Commissioner

  • John P. McCulloch (R)
  • Mark Danowski (D)

County Comissioner (1st District)

  • Michael J. Gingell (R)
  • Richard W. Yamin (R)
  • Jeff Vaught (D)

Township Trustees

  • Kathrine Thomas
  • Sharon McKay
  • Michael Bailey
  • Judy Keyes
  • Robin Buxar
  • Maureen Thalmann

Township Clerk

  • James Foulkrod
  • Karen Reilly
  • Judy Workings

Township Treasurer

  • Marc Edwards
  • Jeanne Langlois 

6th Circuit Court

  • Jason Pernick
  • Layne Ashley Sakwa
  • Dan Christ
  • Sahera Housey
  • Karen McDonald

Residents will also be voting on millage for the Oakland County Art Institute Authority. The millage will last for 10 years and will cost "20 cents per $1,000 of taxable value" according to the ballot. The millage would fund art and art projects in Oakland County.

In addition, there is also the renewal of an Historic District Commission operating millage for residents to vote on. This millage would also be last 10 years and would continue the upkeep of historic buildings within Oakland Township.

The general election is Nov. 6.

The League of Women Voters Oakland Area voter guide.

mac July 31, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Can you explain the art millage? I thought I read it was for the DIA they just did not mention DIA. Is it just for Oakland County?
Terry R. Gonser July 31, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Unfortunately, your article is not completely clear. Voters will have to select either the Republican or Democrat Primary and select those candidates who will oppose each other in the November general election. In Oakland Township, there are no Democrat candidates in the township primary because all candidates, Democrat or Republican, run on the Republican Primary. Therefore, the primary election will select the Oakland Township officials the voters choose to represent them. Also, unfortunately, you omitted the race for Oakland Township Supervisor. This race is between long time residents Terry Gonser and Joan Fogler. Another issue is in regards to the millage proposals. The Oakland County Art Institute Authority has nothing to do with 'Art' in Oakland County. The monies generated by this proposal would be sent to the City of Detroit to help fund the Detroit Institute of Art and to grow their Trust Fund. Understand that Wayne and Macomb counties on voting on a similar tax. However, if those two counties do not approve the tax, then Oakland County will be solely responsible to fund the Detroit Institute of Art. And remember, the City of Detroit will still own the DIA including nearly all of the art collection. So if the City of Detroit goes into receivership, then Oakland County is still on the hook to continue sending our tax dollars to the City of Detroit. Even for those of us who love the DIA, not a good deal for Oakland County.
Terry R. Gonser August 01, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Good morning mac, Make no mistake, this millage is to transfer Oakland County $$$ to the DIA. While the DIA is a worthwhile enterprise, it is not the role of government in America to extract tax dollars from it citizens to fund a private institution. First we had the Detroit Zoo, now they want us to fund the Detroit Institute of Art, next will be the Detroit Symphony. Do you notice a pattern here??? VOTE NO!!!
james.stevensforsheriff August 05, 2012 at 08:38 PM
My name is James Stevens. I’m running for Oakland county Sheriff. BUDGET- This is tough economic times, in the past governments spent money like Drunken Sailors. I plan to cut cost and replace older vehicles with high fuel ratings to save tax dollars. Incentives to our deputies will be paid Bonuses from my own personal Fund. TOP ISSUES 1. Let’s get tough on Crime and drugs. 2. I Plan to start a Boot Camp with my own money, no tax payers money. 3. More patrols in the neighborhoods. 4. A plan to get guns off the streets and a new Crime hotline. 5. Reward deputies by catching the criminals’, bonuses to be paid out from the Sheriffs personnel fund and not the tax payers. JAIL OVER CROWDING – This will no longer be an issue, I plan to open a Boot Camp With my own Funds and inmates are going to perform work details, during the wi nter they will be shoveling sidewalks and I will pay for the shovels from my own pay. Many crimes cost tax payers money. Shoplifting is a large issue which makes prices. Of goods cost us more, the current fine is just another fine in payment which causes the same people to just steal more to pay the fines, but my plan of a Boot Camp is braking concrete during the summer and shoveling snow in the winter for just a few task that they would perform. After one stay at the Sheriff’s Camp I don’t think anyone would want to revisit the county hotel.
JM Landers August 05, 2012 at 11:18 PM
I would like to make a comment. I opened my home to many candidates running for positions in Oakland Township. We had a wonderful evening and I met alot of residents who were all very friendly. This was not a fundraiser. The letter I sent out simpily invited my neighbors to meet a few candidates and seemed to me to have great ideas.The evening was great but today I learned that a few opponents of the candidates I invited also came and tape recorded conversations and then used them out of context in a mailing!! Really?! May I just say... shame on you for this type of childish behavior. I Said NOTHING bad about any of the people who are challenging the citizens which I choose to support. This gathering was intended for people to come and ask questions then then make up their own minds on whether of not to support the candidates. Dirty politics is why so many of us want a change on all levels of government. Thank you to those who attended it is nice to have met so many wonderful neighbors no matter who you vote for!!
Marty Rosalik August 06, 2012 at 01:56 AM
JM, while I do NOT care if someone recorded me, it is against the law to make such recordings without consent. Can anyone supply proof of this? I don't remember anyone asking for consent. This is beyond "childish" if true. See actual Michigan Law cited below. From. http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(rjhpdy45pqdmkg3cxbb151qv))/mileg.aspx?page=GetObject&objectname=mcl-750-539c 750.539c Eavesdropping upon private conversation. Sec. 539c. Any person who is present or who is not present during a private conversation and who wilfully uses any device to eavesdrop upon the conversation without the consent of all parties thereto, or who knowingly aids, employs or procures another person to do the same in violation of this section, is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment in a state prison for not more than 2 years or by a fine of not more than $2,000.00, or both. History: Add. 1966, Act 319, Eff. Mar. 10, 1967 © 2009 Legislative Council, State of Michigan
JM Landers August 06, 2012 at 03:35 AM
Well I guess putting quotes around statements and claiming the statements to be "vebatim" although no one witnessed statements being handwritten as they were supposely being spoken, then putting those statements in a poltical flyer could be evesdropping as you mentioned or slander perhaps?! Either way I resent my good faith effort to get citizens together to meet a few candidates being used as a game by those who opposed them. I in no way slandered any of the opposing candidates and whether what they did was legal or not it was definately tasteless and not in the spirit of the event. By the way thanks to all who attended for the right reason I was so pleased to meet so many great citizens!
Maureen Thalmann August 06, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Telling the truth about a public servant’s voting record is not negative campaigning, but lying about the intentions of opponents is. The election is Oakland Township is very important and the embattled incumbents have been fighting a dirty campaign. Current Supervisor Joan Fogler claims that her opponent, retired Engineering Manager and businessman Terry Gonser, wants to change Oakland Township’s rural character and allow unbridled development. Actually it is Mrs. Fogler, Trustee Marc Edwards and Planning Commission Vice Chairperson Jim Foulkrod, who have advocated for and then voted to change existing zoning regulations to allow for high density development outside of the Township’s master plan. Both Joan Fogler and Jim Foulkrod have accepted campaign donations from an area developer currently seeking a zoning variance.
Robin August 06, 2012 at 05:38 PM
JM - I thought you and your wife hosted a lovely event despite what came out after. I believe we all were fortunate to meet some great neighbors. Thank-you both for all your time and efforts.
JM Landers August 07, 2012 at 12:28 AM
EXACTLY Maureen you explained it perfectly! Good luck tomorrow!
JM Landers August 07, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Thanks Robin see you at the Victory party!!


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