All across the country there will be new faces in new places including here in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County and Michigan. The people have spoken on the proposals and we have to now see what that means.
For the most part, Tuesday night’s election went as prognosticators expected. A blue wall was reestablished around the Great Lakes as Democrats reasserted their presence in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. The 2018 mid-term elections were historic in several ways but perhaps most notably in the sense that more than 100 women were elected to the United States Congress.
Closer to home, a Washtenaw County proposal renewing the millage to fund county parks and recreation facilities was approved by an overwhelming 74 percent of voters.
In the Ann Arbor City Council races, Jeff Hayner defeated Ryan Hughes with 74 percent of the vote in Ward 1; Kathy Griswold recorded 97.51 percent of the vote in Ward 2; Julie Grand had 97.33 percent of the vote in Ward 3; Elizabeth Nelson defeated Joe Hood with 87.39 percent of the vote in Ward 4; and Ali Ramlawi recorded 97.58 percent of the vote in Ward 5.
Washtenaw County Commissioner winners were Jason Maciejewski, Sue Shink, Shannon Beeman, Felicia Brabec, Ruth Ann Jamnick, Ricky L. Jefferson, Andy LeBarre, Jason Morgan and Katie Scott.
The statewide proposal to legalize the recreational use of pot was approved by a margin of 56 percent to 44 percent. Michigan becomes the ninth state to legalize marijuana along with Washington DC and Canada. But don’t fire up that blunt just yet.
Being a controlled substance, Michigan has to figure out how distribution and exchange will happen. Detection methods have to be developed for the workplace and motorists. It took Colorado two years after voting to legalize pot before it could be legally used for recreation.
The political practice of gerrymandering has come to an end in Michigan by a margin of 61to 39 percent. Instead of having political districts determined by the political party in charge, a 13-member commission will be formed to make those decisions.
Michigan’s proposal to expand voter rights was passed 67 to 33 percent. Voters will be able to register the day of the election and absentee voting has been expanded.
Democrat Donna Lasinski was reelected to represent District 52 in the state house up in Lansing defeating Teir Auito by a margin of 60 to 39 percent.
Democrats took some of the top spots in Michigan. Gretchen Whitmer is the new governor. Jocelyn Bensen is the new Secretary of State. Debbie Stabenow retained her seat in the U.S. Senate.
While Democrat Gretchen Driskel won Washtenaw County, it will be Republican incumbent Tim Wahlberg who represents District 7 in the U.S. Legislature. Similarly, Democrat Adam Dreher won the county but Republican Lana Theis will represent us in the District 22 Michigan Senate seat.
You can find who was elected as judge, trustee, regent, and other positions in Washtenaw County at https://electionresults.ewashtenaw.org/electionreporting/nov2018/index.jsp