kathy vogt http://michiganradio.org en Incumbent mayor clear winner in Warren primary http://michiganradio.org/post/incumbent-mayor-clear-winner-warren-primary <p>Warren Mayor James Fouts <a href="http://www.detnews.com/article/20110802/METRO02/108020422/Groups-cheer-as-Troy-residents-vote-to-save-public-library">cruised to any easy primary victory</a> Tuesday night.</p><p>The five-person primary in Michigan&rsquo;s third-largest city got downright nasty at times. Candidates lobbed personal attacks, and there was a strange battle over whether Fouts had to reveal his age.</p><p>In the end though, Fouts was the clear winner, garnering more than 70% of the vote.</p><p>Fouts says he&rsquo;s fought blight, demolishing about 600 dangerous homes. He also reorganized the city&rsquo;s police department, and brought back EMS services.</p><p>He says the vote shows Warren is happy with his efforts.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;I think hard work, and effort, and recognizing the taxpayers are your boss, has allowed this success to take place.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Fouts and City Councilwoman Kathy Vogt, a longtime political opponent, will face off in the November general election.</p><p>Despite finishing a distant second, Vogt says she&rsquo;ll continue to hammer on what she calls Fouts&rsquo; lack of fiscal discipline.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;There are places where costs can be cut. And that&rsquo;s what we&rsquo;ve got to do. There&rsquo;s got to be drastic cuts at this point. And the people at the top cannot continue to take top dollar all the time.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Fouts calls Vogt&rsquo;s assertions of fiscal irresponsibility &ldquo;preposterous.&rdquo; He says Warren has more money in its general fund than any other city in the state. Wed, 03 Aug 2011 04:59:12 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 3586 at http://michiganradio.org