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.

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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