Thursday, December 29, 2011
2011 was marked by elections, an Oakland County redistricting battle and Bob Bruner's first day as city manager.
It was a busy year for politics in Birmingham and Oakland County, whether it was a contentious November election, or the ongoing fight on where county districts will be drawn in the coming years. Here were the political and government stories that made a splash in Birmingham during 2011. Incumbents Scott Moore, Tom McDaniel, Gordon Rinschler and George Dilgard won back their seats on the Birmingham City Commission in the Nov. 8 election. The four faced faced a full field of challengers, with nine candidates vying for four seats Chris Conti and Robert Lawrence were returned to the Birmingham Board of Education in the same election, while James Suhay, Bob Tera and David Underdown were elected to the Baldwin Public Library Board. In addition…
Thursday, November 17, 2011
The Michigan Court of Appeals has upheld new boundaries drawn for county commission districts in Oakland County as constitutional.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Members of the Birmingham Firefighters Association Local 911 explain why they endorsed Vicki Walsh and Doug Weaver for City Commission in last week's elections.
This letter was submitted by members of the Birmingham Firefighters Association Local 911. We write you this letter at the request of some local media sources and numerous Birmingham citizens who have asked us why we supported Dr. Doug Weaver and Vicki Walsh in this past Commissioner race. The answer is simple … communication, consideration and understanding. Both Dr. Weaver and Mrs. Walsh have spent a good deal of time with us to better understand the demands and stress that public safety personnel face day in and day out. They realize the importance of attracting and retaining qualified professionals to continue the excellence of service the citizens of Birmingham receive and have a right to expect. The city of Birmingham needs …
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Birmingham Public Schools millage renewal also passes in Tuesday's election which saw a higher-than-expected turnout at the polls.
Incumbents from the Birmingham City Commission and Birmingham Board of Education won back their seats during Tuesday's election while voters overwhelmingly approved the schools millage renewal. The tension was thick at City Hall after polls closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday as representatives from the City Clerk's office reported precinct results every 30 minutes, finally announcing the winners at 11 p.m. Incumbents Scott Moore, Tom McDaniel, Gordon Rinschler and George Dilgard were voted back on the City Commission, as were school board incumbents Chris Conti and Robert Lawrence. Meanwhile, James Suhay, Bob Tera and incumbent David Underdown won the three open spots on the Baldwin Public Library board. Both of the city's Charter Amendments also …
Up-to-date results for the board of education and millage renewal.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Source: Oakland County Elections Office For complete coverage of Birmingham's Nov. 8 elections on Patch, check out everything we've written at the Patch 2011 Voter Guide or catch up with what happened on Election Day at our Live Blog.
Up-to-the-minute results for City Commission, library board director and charter amendments.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Results courtesy of the Oakland County Elections office. For complete coverage of Birmingham's Nov. 8 elections on Patch, check out everything we've written at the Patch 2011 Voter Guide or catch up with what happened on Election Day at our Live Blog.
It's Election Day in Birmingham, and we'll be bringing you the news as it happens.
11:35 p.m.: The results are in! The winners are: City Commission (four open spots) School Board (two open spots) Library Board (three open spots) Birmingham Schools Millage Renewal Charter Amendment I Charter Amendment II 10:26 p.m.: Results from Precinct 4 are in at City Hall. The top candidates for each race are: City Commission (four spots) School Board (two spots) Library Board (three spots) Birmingham Public Schools Millage Renewal Charter Amendment I Charter Amendment II 10:18 p.m.: Results from Precinct 5 are in at City Hall. The top candidates for each race are: City Commission (four spots) School Board (two spots) Library Board (three spots) Birmingham Public Schools Millage Renewal Charter Amendment I Charter Amendment II 10:11 p…
Get a sneak peek at the ballot before you head to the polls.
Heading to the polls to cast your vote today, but you want a sneak peek at what the ballot will look like? The city has provided residents with a preview of Tuesday's ballot, which includes sections for: Board of Education Trustee Michael Fenberg noted at the board's meeting Oct. 27 that the school millage is located on the second page — or the back, if you voted absentee — of the ballot.
You vote and you're proud of it, so share your pictures with the Birmingham Patch.
It's Election Day, so get out to the polls, cast your vote, and once you're done, show off your fancy "I Voted" sticker. Whether you're a professional photographer or it's just a snapshot from your phone, snap a picture of yourself with your "I Voted" sticker and send it to Birmingham Patch Editor Laura Houser, who will make sure it's posted to Patch as part of our all-day coverage of the 2011 elections in Birmingham. You can upload your photo yourself if you're a Birmingham Patch user, or send it via: Check out all you need to know about Tuesday's election at Need To Know: Voting in Birmingham's Nov. 8 Election. See you at the polls, Birmingham!
Monday, November 7, 2011
So you want to vote and you know the issues, but where do you go? Here's your breakdown of Birmingham's precincts.
The election is Tuesday but where do you go when it comes to casting to your vote? Your city-issued voter identification card indicates your precinct location for all elections, including state and national elections. The following is for all city elections, including Tuesday's city commission, school board and library board election.