Politics & Government
11:44 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Did you know today is election day?

No?

Well, dozens of Michigan counties and townships are holding special elections today. Most are focused on public school district proposals. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Here are some election highlights:

Six candidates are running in a special Troy mayoral election. The winner will serve the remaining 2.5 years of former Mayor Janice Daniels’ term. Daniels was recalled last November after making controversial homophobic comments and several controversial political moves.

Genesee County will be electing a new state senator to replace John Gleason, D-Flushing. Gleason stepped down after he was elected Genesee County clerk last fall. Four Democrats and two Republicans are on the ballot.  There are several police and fire millage increase requests in the county, and three public school districts have millage requests and/or bond proposals.

In Washtenaw County, seven school districts have ballot initiatives and Dexter voters will decide whether they will go from being a village to a city.

In Kalamazoo, voters will decide on a $62 million bond request, which would be used primarily for the upkeep of district buildings. Two other county school districts have proposals.

In the Grand Rapids area, many public school districts have initiatives on the ballot. Primarily they include proposals to improve facilities.

In St. Joseph County, four school districts have millage or bond proposals. Voters in Benton Harbor will vote on a millage to support the city's public safety department.

For more information on elections in your county and township, visit the State of Michigan’s public ballot webpage.

- Julia Field, Michigan Radio Newsroom