DETROIT – There isn’t a presidency or a governorship on the line but some very important voting will take place on Tuesday (Nov. 2).
There are hundreds of races across Metro Detroit and every vote counts. Local 4′s Grant Hermes discusses elections across Metro Detroit counties in the video above.
Starting in Wayne County -- there’s been a lot of talk about big elections in Detroit. After a term marred by corruption, FBI raids, and resignation, voters have a chance to completely remake the city council and choose a new mayor. There are also three proposals that could chart a new path for Detroit.
In Livonia, there’s the potential reshuffling of four council seats.
In Westland, the race for mayor is between two very different candidates; 1-term city councilwoman Tasha Green is hoping to unseat the long-term mayor after accusing him of corruption.
In Sterling Heights, there’s a mayoral race that has gotten heated in the past few weeks. Unaffiliated current mayor Mike Taylor is running against conservative challenger Ken Nelson. A small-scale test of how far the ideology of former president Donald Trump still reaches into wealthy suburbs.
In Oakland County, there are several public safety funding proposals in towns like Farmington Hills, Oak Park, and Orchard Lake. The outcome of those could be a window into how newly solid Democratic suburbs feel about the debate over police reform. In Auburn Hills, there’s a proposal to change the city’s charter to adopt gender-neutral language.
Absentee voting has already started. Polls open at 7 a.m. on Tuesday (Nov. 2) and close at 8 p.m.