Birmingham Election Guide 2012

Check out the candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting Birmingham and Oakland County.

As we look ahead to November’s elections, Birmingham Patch is devoted to bring you the information you need about every race in town. Here are five races and local candidates that we know you're already talking about:


Birmingham School Board elections: Two spots on the will be coming up this November, with trustees Geri Rinschler's and Michael Fenberg's four-year terms coming to a close in 2012. No petitions for re-election have yet been filed, nor have any challengers stepped forward.

Oakland County

L. Brooks Patterson: Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson is seeking . The 73-year-old Republican will face .

There are two countywide proposals on the ballot in August:

  1. The Oakland County Art Institute Authority Millage would "allow for continuing support of art institute services for the students, residents visitors of Oakland County," according to the Oakland County website. The Detroit Institute of Arts is seeking a 10-year, 0.2 mill regional levy to help fund operations. An Arts Institute Authority was established to monitor use of the Oakland County funds. The tax is similar in concept to a 0.1-mill levy voters in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties approved in 2008 for the Detroit Zoo, The Detroit News reports. It would cost the owner of a $200,000 home about $20 per year and is expected to raise $23 million: $11 million from Oakland; $9 million from Wayne and $3 million from Macomb counties.
  2. The Oakland County public transportation millage renewal would "allow continued support to the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) for a public transportation system serving the elderly, disabled, and general public of Oakland County," according to the Oakland County website. It is estimated that .59 mills would raise approximately $16 million when levied in 2012.


Michigan House of Representatives - 40th District

Birmingham Republican state Rep. Chuck Moss' seat will be open thanks to term limits.

  • David Potts (R-Birmingham), an Oakland County Commissioner and Birmingham-based attorney, is . Potts faces a crowded Republican primary this August, with three other newcomers also vying for the Republican nomination.
  • Robert Lawrence, a businessman and member of the Birmingham Board of Education, is also this fall.
  • Also running: and .


President Barack Obama takes on Mitt Romney: Romney, the GOP's presumptive candidate, is also . He will be facing Obama, who recently spent time at a .

Correction: The correct spelling of the school board member is Michael Fenberg.

Alan Stamm June 15, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Dorion Coston, a West Bloomfield human resources manager and former minor league baseball player, is the Democratic candidate for the vacant 40th District state House seat. "People Before Politics" is his slogan. Mr. Coston, a married father of three daughters, has a master's degree in management. He coaches girls basketball for the Farmington Recreation Center and West Bloomfield's Jewish Community Center. He has served as vice president of two Parent Teacher Associations and opposes cuts in public school aid funding. Learn more at doriancoston4staterep.com. At the federal level, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, 52, seeks a third term. She's challenged in the Democratic primary Aug. 7 by Konetchy, Peter of Roscommon and will face one of four Republicans in November. Pete Hoekstra of Grand Rapids and Clark Durant of Grosse Pointe Farms lead that group in donations and public opinion surveys.
Mike McCready July 10, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Mike McCready, Republican for the vacant 40th District State House seat is a husband, father, and successful businessman who believes government needs to live within its means and let the private sector flourish and create jobs. Mike is a conservative republican but he believes that partisan bickering and fighting should stop and politicians at every level just need to get down to business and deliver results for hardworking taxpayers. Mike McCready was born and raised in Oakland County. He graduated from Birmingham Seaholm High School and Western Michigan University. Mike and his wife Yvonne are raising their two girls in Bloomfield Hills where they have lived for the last 16 years. As a successful businessman and Principal at McCready and Associates Mike believes in community involvement. First elected to the Bloomfield Hills City Commission in 2007 Mike has served as Mayor, Chairman of the Zoning Board, and as member of the Planning Commission. In his 5 years of service Mike has never missed a commission meeting or a commission vote.


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