All 4 incumbents advance in AP Council primary

Sunday Times Newspapers

ALLEN PARK — All four city council members running for re-election were among the 12 candidates who advanced to the November runoff in Tuesday’s primary election.

Councilwoman Tina Gaworecki with 1,012 votes, and Councilmen Angelo DeGiulio with 903, Larry Templin with 758 and Harry Sisko with 674 votes will all move forward along.

Newcomer Gail McLeod received the most votes in the primary with 1,319. Her mission, according to her Facebook page, is “to ensure that Allen Park moves forward and, once again, becomes a viable and desirable community.”

Kevin Rourke also received more votes than any of the sitting councilors, with 1,027. Also finishing in the top 12 were Robert Turner with 682 votes, Anthony Couls with 596, Brenda Dingess with 524, Michael Mullins with 514, Allen Wojczynski with 502, and Bruce Haberkern with 426.

Candadites Charles Blevens (399 votes), Steve Atanasovski (284), James Penkala (279), and Rupert Miller III (230) did not finish in the top 12.

In all, 2,254 ballots were submitted in five precincts, to reduce the number of candidates from 16.

Councilman Dennis Hayes is running for mayor on the November ballot and Councilman Bob Keegan chose not to run for re-election.

“There’ll be two new people at the very least on the council,” said Matt Para, deputy city clerk in charge of elections.

These results according to Para are considered “unofficial because the county still has to check things out.”

Para indicated that Deputy Clerk Jim Gross estimates the results will made official in 10 days.

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