Primary day is over and the results are in. While less than one-fifth of eligible voters in the state voted, those votes made some waves.
Most notable for Wayne County residents is the removal of county executive Bob Ficano. Ficano has been messed up in a few scandals during his time in office, and no one is very surprised he’s been ousted for Warren Evans. The New’s editorial editor Nolan Finley wrote a thoughtful column on Ficano’s decline today, and you’ll want to read it to get a better understanding of the executive’s personal demeanor and sentiment.
Detroit’s state House races went somewhat as predicted – you can find complete coverage here.
It’s disappointing Brian Banks won again in District 1, over United Way’s Rebecca Thompson. The News endorsed Thompson for what she would have brought to the table. And there’s the fact Banks is an ex-convict with eight convictions for fraud, as well as alleged charges of sexual harassment.
The results were decided by six votes in this race (although there might be a recount), so voting matters. When Detroit is making such an effort to clean up its act and restore its reputation nationally, it’s disappointing the district voted to reinstate someone who’s civil service comes with such baggage.
In other news, the Detroit library millage passed, which is promising.
Detroit needs a library, and this millage provides more than 80 percent of the costs to operate it. As with so much of Detroit’s past governance, the library has had its own troubles, even being investigated by the FBI. But that’s no reason to deprive Detroit’s kids and residents of access to reading.
The SMART millage also passed in Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties, meaning the transportation system will receive increased funding. Though it’s unclear how the funding will be distributed, this is a step in the right direction for the region’s public transportation options.
For complete coverage of election results, visit the Detroit News here.