2011 Election Information

2011 Election Information

(Crystal A. Proxmire, Ferndale 115 News Wire, 9/16/2011)

On November 8 the residents of Ferndale will have the opportunity to vote for who will represent them on City Council, including who will serve as Mayor. Current Mayor Dave Coulter is running against Raymond Willis for the Mayor’s seat.  Dan Martin and Sherry Wells are facing Michael Lennon, the incumbent. The three of them are running for two open seats on City Council.

There are also several uncontested Library Board seats on the ballot.  For Library Board’s full six year terms, the public can vote for two and there are two men running – James O’Donnell and John Sterritt. For Library Board Director Tiffani Gagne is running unopposed.  And for for a partial term Library Board Director there are two seats open and the public gets two votes.  Judeen Bartos and Monique Herzig are the candidates.

Our Election coverage, including candidate profiles for non-contested elections, can be found here.  The City of Ferndale provides a wealth of information abut voting on their website: http://www.ferndale-mi.com/Services/Elections/Overview.htm.

Ferndale’s Precinct Map shows how the City is divided into nine (9) voting precincts.

The Ferndale 115 News strives for fairness in every story that we do.  We do not endorse political candidates or accept political ads from candidates.  When politicians have a business that advertises with us, we do not run their ads on government-related stories.

Also we believe that objective community journalism should not  thrive on drama and comment wars.  We do not run politically divisive stories, nor do we mix news and opinion by allowing comments on the site.

Editor and Publisher Crystal A. Proxmire typically does not vote in local level elections and is committed to her role of remaining politically independent and doing fair coverage.

In order to give readers clear information, and equal access to the candidates, The Ferndale115 News Wire has set up a page for each candidate with questions they have answered and a picture.  There are links to their respective websites and Facebook pages, and a spot at the bottom of the page where readers can buy an endorsement ad.

An endorsement ad costs just $15.  It includes a unique 3in x 3in  Ferndale-related picture with “[your name] supports [candidate name]” incorporated in.  The panels are posted at the bottom of that candidate’s page, and also posted onto our Facebook wall. The money from these ad sales helps to fund this locally-owned online news project.  Pay with the Paypal button to the right and bottom of the page and include the name(s) of the candidate you wish to show support for.  It is $15 per ad. Ad will have name on PayPal account unless otherwise noted and verified.

If you do not want to use PayPal, you can mail a check to Ferndale 115, PO Box 20293, Ferndale, MI 48220.

On October 3, 2011 at City Hall there will be a candidate forum forum at 7pm. You can also check our Events Page for those and for candidate-related events, and we will update this page with new info as we have it.

To read about the testing of voter equipment machines and the behind-the-scenes prep work done by the City Clerk for elections, check out this fun and educational story:   http://oaklandcounty115.com/2010/11/01/behind-the-ballot/

 

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