Council gets 2 new faces

Photo by Gabriel Goodwin
Wyandotte City Councilman Lawrence Stec (left) speaks with volunteers and voters at VFW Post 1136 at 633 Ford Avenue, voting location for Precincts 4 and 5.

Woodruff wins assessor race

Sunday Times Newspapers

WYANDOTTE — Two newcomers and four incumbents were elected to six city council seats up for grabs Tuesday. Also, Thomas Woodruff defeated Jerry Kupser in the race for city assessor.

Mayor Joseph Peterson and City Clerk William Griggs retained their positions, running unopposed, while term-limited City Councilman Todd Browning ran unopposed for city treasurer.

Councilors Lawrence Stec, Leonard Sabuda, Sheri Sutherby-Fricke, Dan Galeski, and were were voted back into office with 2,069, 1,716, 1,709 and 1,550 votes, respectively.

Don Schultz and Ted Miciura Jr. were elected to city council with 1,527 and 1,242 votes, respectively. Kevin VanBoxell finished seven votes behind Miciura.

VanBoxell has communicated to the city clerk that he will not be requesting a recount and accepts the findings. The city clerk’s office said the election results will stand as submitted.

Schultz and Miciura will replace Browning and James DeSana, who retired from politics. Desana, 81, has a long history in politics, having served in local and state government since the 1960s.

During the campaign, Miciura said he would like to see better development of the waterfront so there is more boater presence. He also would like to make changes to the police and fire departments to allow for better coverage and more presence within the city and address the problems with the power plant.

Micuira declined comment when contacted. Schultz said, “The election went well.”

For the term-limited Browning, the irony was that he voted with the majority to approve term limits for council.

“With his decision for a term limit on the city council,” Griggs said, “he got to see both sides of that coin.”

A total of 2,867 votes were cast in Tuesday’s election, 14.7 percent of the city’s 19,550 registered voters.

“Low voter turnout usually favors the incumbent,” Griggs said.

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