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DETROIT, November 2, 2021 ~ Tuesday was election day, and while there were many ballots that inspired controversy, none gained very much news traction, as there were no gubernatorial or presidential runners this year.
Nearly two-thirds of Clawson voters disapproved of two ballot proposals which would have allowed state-licensed marijuana businesses to operate in the city. One proposal would have allowed two retailers, while the other would have allowed for growing, processing, retail, transportation, compliance, and microbusiness facilities to be implemented.
In Detroit, Mayor Mike Duggan was elected to a third term in a landslide with a 76 percent majority, and voters approved Proposal E by 61 percent majority, which decriminalizes personal possession and therapeutic use of magic mushrooms and other Entheogenic Plants.
In Dearborn, Abdullah Hammoud was elected as the city’s first Arab American Mayor.
Hamtramck elected Amer Ghalib, who became the city’s first Muslim mayor.
Macomb County elected Douglas C. Wozniak, a Republican, for 8th District State Senator by 61 percent.
Royal Oak voters re-elected Michael C. Fournier as mayor, who has served as mayor or commissioner for the last decade. In addition, voters defeated the controversial war memorial ballot, which proposed to move the war memorial back to its original position after being moved. The memorial was moved immediately following a victorious lawsuit against the city for sup
In Taylor, Tim Wooley was elected mayor. Mayor Rick Sollars was not on the ballot, though he was “waging a write-in effort, despite a federal indictment and a bribery scandal,” said 760 WJR Senior News Analyst Marie Osborne to 760 WJR’s Kevin Dietz.
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Next year, there is expected to be massive turnout, as former Detroit Police Chief James Craig runs against current Governor Gretchen Whitmer in the gubernatorial race.
“The one indicator that tells you this is a big deal, is Governor Whitmer has raised $3.1 million dollars so far in her race, and Former Chief Craig has raised $1.4 million,” said Osborne. “This is a lot of money that is going into this race, a lot of people are already putting a lot of money into these two races. So that right there is a huge indicator that this is going to be a big race coming up, and I think it is going to get a lot of national attention.”
“(Whitmer) does have a national profile, but beyond that, she’s going to get a lot of attention on this, certainly on how the pandemic was handled.”