St. Clair Shores Elections 2012: Roberts Wins State House Seat

Voters in St. Clair Shores returned Sarah Roberts to the Michigan House of Representatives, Michael Boyle and Veronica Klinefelt to the Macomb County Board of Commissioners and retained the incumbents on the Lake Shore Board of Education.

Former State Rep. Sarah Roberts will return to the Michigan House of Representatives after defeating Candice Rusie in the general election, according to unofficial results from the Macomb County Clerk's Office.

Roberts, a Democrat, received 65 percent of the vote in the Michigan House District 18 race against Rusie, a Republican, who is currently a member of the St. Clair Shores City Council. Roberts served in the Michigan House from 2008-2010.

Voters also elected Veronica Klinefelt, a Democrat, to the District 3 seat in the Macomb County Board of Commissioners. She received 68 percent of the vote against Republican Randell Shafer.

Michael Boyle, a Democrat, received 58 percent of the vote against Zach Eineman in the race for the District 10 seat in the Macomb County Board of Commissioners.

In the Lake Shore Board of Education election, Norma J. Rusie was unsuccessful in her effort to unseat incumbents Susan Jamieson and Kurt Joseph Ziegler who  retained their seats.

2012 St. Clair Shores ELECTION RESULTS

18th Michigan House District Results Sarah Roberts (D) 29,435  
Candice B. Rusie (R) 15,671 Daniel J. Flamand (I) 1,223 Macomb County Commission District 3 Results Veronica Klinefelt (D) 19,369 Randell J. Shafer (R) 8,984  
Macomb County Commission District 10 Results Michael A. Boyle (D) 17,481 Zach Eineman (R) 12,489 Lake Shore Board of Education (two seats) Results Susan D. Jamieson 4,898 Norma J. Rusie 3,724
Kurt Joseph Ziegler 4,595 South Lake Board of Education (two seats) Results Christi Franklin 5,788 Allan Innes 4,765 40th District Court (one seat) Results Mark Fratarcangeli 19,657

Earlier posts from Election Day:

Update 12:01 a.m.

Ballots are being counted in for races in St. Clair Shores and Macomb County.

Update 8:01 p.m.

The polls have closed in St. Clair Shores, and across the state. Follow Patch for results.

Update 6 p.m.

Midday lines at polling places were shorter than earlier in the day throughout St. Clair Shores, but still steady.

Volunteers were out in the cold stumping for their candidates, but for one supporter the weather didn't matter. Bundled in a winter coat, Sharon Eineman was handing out literature for her son Zach was running for the 10th District County Commission seat against Michael Boyle.

"Doing this keeps me warm," said Eineman, who was working tirelessly for her son who was by her side while she battled cancer. "He helped me, and I'm helping him."

Update 1 p.m.

The polls have been open for six hours and voters are reporting long lines with waits of up to an hour, but in most locations they are waiting in hallways, vestibules and gyms to wait for their turn to cast votes.

In some locations, the wait is being passed with the sweet smells of baked goods. At members of the student council were holding a bake sale with Colette Dewandler, 10, of Eastpointe, reporting sales as "really good."

At the St. Clair Shores Senior Activities Center, staff members were baking 100 apple pies to be sold to voters and raise funds for the senior meal program at the facility. The pies are being sold hot out the door for $10.

Volunteers could also seen in front of polling places throughout the city. At St. Lucy Church there was a lone volunteer holding a sign for a county commission candidate. While at the Assumption Cultural Center volunteers were distributing information for Proposals 2, 3, 6, and the Macomb Community College millage along with supporters of local candidate.

It's Election Day.

St. Clair Shores residents will exercise their voting rights as the nation decides to have Barack Obama in office for four more years or to elect Mitt Romney.

On a local level, voters will select which candidate will represent St. Clair Shores on the Macomb County Board of Commissioners and in the Michigan House of Representatives. There is also a contested race for the Lake Shore Board of Education, and an uncontested election for the South Lake Board of Education.

See our voting guide for ballot issues and candidates, the state proposals on the ballot and find your precinct in St. Clair Shores. Polls close at 8 p.m.

If you haven't voted yet, click on the PDF attached to the article to study a sample ballot before you go to the polls.

For a list of voting precincts in St. Clair Shores, visit the City Clerk's page, and to check the status of your absentee ballot, or view an interactive sample ballot, visit the website of the Michigan Secretary of State.

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Plus! Keep up to date with statewide and county elections on Birmingham Patch by visiting Michigan Election 2012 and Macomb County Elections 2012.

Joe K November 06, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Vote Candice Rusie ... she takes no money from special interests. Her opponent ..Sarah Roberts is a professional politician and/or lobbyist. Sarah doesnt even own a home in SCS, she only rents and has only lived here long enough to get on the ballot. Vote RUSIE and stop career politicians.
Michelle Pierce November 06, 2012 at 06:40 PM
I was #402 at St Germaine precinct 11! Excited to see such a turnout!
Ann November 07, 2012 at 11:41 PM
So glad Sarah won, now we have someone in the state house that will help the "middle class".


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