In a mid-term election that saw the U.S. House and Michigan’s state leadership flip to Democratic control, Livingston County remains Republican Red as it maintains its stranglehold on local politics.
For the first time in 18 years, a Democrat will be representing Livingston County in Congress. Though she lost to current U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop in Livingston County, Elissa Slotkin pulled out a win for the 8th Congressional District, which includes Livingston and Ingham counties, as well as the northern portion of Oakland County.
In one of Livingston County’s hottest races, 53rd District Court Judge L. Suzanne Geddis pulled out a victory over attorney Dennis Brewer for the newly created 44th Circuit Court judgeship. This means that Michigan’s governor will appoint someone to fill the district court seat; the question remains as to which governor: outgoing Republican Rick Snyder, or incoming Democrat Gretchen Whitmer.
Livingston County went all in on the three ballot proposals, legalizing recreational marijuana; ending political gerrymandering of districts; and overhauling Michigan’s voting law, which overturns the Republican-passed legislation banning straight-ticket voting.
The three funding issues before voters went down to defeat. The City of Howell’s Headlee Override request lost by over 702 votes or 17 percent; the Village of PInckney’s charter millage partial restoration lost by 142 votes or a little over 13 percent; and the Howell Public School’s Sinking Fund request lost by just 28 votes, or 0.10 percent of the votes cast.
For a complete listing of the unofficial election results from the Livingston County Clerk’s office, click here.