Michigan Primary Election Day 2023: How to see if there’s an election in your community

Elections held across Metro Detroit on Tuesday

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A few elections are being held across Metro Detroit and throughout Michigan on Tuesday, Aug. 8 -- Primary Election Day.

It’s a smaller election year in Michigan, but still an important one: Several cities and towns across Southeast Michigan are holding elections for local office, local proposals and more.

Races are being held in the following communities in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties:

Macomb County

  • Eastpointe
  • Fraser
  • Grosse Pointe Shores
  • St. Clair Shores
  • Warren

Oakland County

  • Berkley
  • Clawson
  • Huntington Woods
  • Novi
  • Oak Park
  • Royal Oak
  • Southfield

Wayne County

  • Dearborn Heights
  • Grosse Ile Township
  • Grosse Pointe Park
  • Hamtramck
  • Inkster
  • Melvindale
  • Riverview
  • Westland

Search for races by county on the state’s website here.

Metro Detroiters are particularly watching out for the results in two local mayoral elections in the cities of Warren and Eastpointe.

In Warren, current Mayor Jim Fouts is not allowed to run again in 2023, but is suing in federal court in an effort to get on a special ballot. There are six candidates who will be on the ballot for Warren mayor in this primary election on Tuesday -- excluding Fouts. There are 36 candidates running for city council.

In Eastpointe, incumbent Mayor Monique Owens is facing three challengers. In 2022, Mayor Owens was sued by residents who claimed she was shutting them down during public comment. Owens was also charged this year with a felony for allegedly taking $10,000 from a Macomb County COVID grant that she fraudulently applied for.

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Cassidy Johncox is a senior digital news editor covering stories across the spectrum, with a special focus on politics and community issues.