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What’s on the August Primary Ballot?

Registered voters in the City of Wayne have a lot of decisions to make on Aug. 5. The primary ballot will have candidates for state and county officials and ballot proposals.

Register to vote
The last day to register to vote for the Aug. 5 primary is July 7. To register to vote Wayne residents must be a U.S. citizen, resident of Michigan, at least 18 years old and a resident of the City of Wayne.
Voter registration applications are available at Wayne City Hall City Clerk’s office, Secretary of State branch offices or online at www.Michigan.gov/sos.
The General Election is on Nov. 4. The last day to register to vote in that election is Oct. 6.

Polling locations
The polling places are open on Election Day from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Polling locations in the City of Wayne are:
Precinct 1 and 2-Wayne Activity and Banquet Center, 35000 Sims Ave
Precinct 4 and 5- Taft-Galloway Elementary School, 4035 Gloria
Precinct 6 and 7- Hoover Elementary School, 5400 Fourth
Precinct 8- Roosevelt-McGrath Elementary School, 36075 Currier
Precinct 3 has been consolidated with Precinct 2 and has been eliminated as a precinct number.

The Aug. 5 primary ballot has candidates running for the following positions. vernor
Governors may serve a maximum of  two full terms.  A Governor must be at least 30 years of age and a registered voter in Michigan for at least 4 years. Governor Rick Snyder (Rep) and Mark Schauer (Dem) are running for a four-year term.

U.S Senator Michigan
United States senators represent their local district in Washington D.C.
A senator is elected to a six -year term and must be 30 years old, and a U.S. citizen for at least nine years. There are two senators from each state.
Republican Teri Lynn-Land and Democrat Gary Peters are running for this position.

U.S. Congress District 13
United States Representatives are elected to two-year terms. They must be 25 years old and a U.S. citizen for at least seven years. Michigan has 14 districts. Three candidates are running for this position- Jeff Gorman (Rep), John Conyers, Jr. (Dem) and Horace Sheffield (Dem).

Michigan Senate District 7
Michigan state senators are elected to four-year terms and can serve a maximum of two full terms. They must be at lest 21 years old and a registered voter in their district. There are 38 state senate districts. The candidates for this position are Patrick Colbeck (Rep), Matthew Edwards (Rep), and Dian Slavens (Dem).

Michigan House District 16
Michigan state representatives are elected to two-year terms and may serve a maximum of three full terms. They must be 21 years old and a registered voter of their district. Candidates for this position are Steve Boron (Rep) and Robert L. Kosowski (Dem).

Wayne County  Commissioner 11th District
There are 15 Wayne County Commissioners. This is a two- year term. Candidates for this position are Jeremy R. Cady (Dem), William J. Collop (Dem), and A. Haidous (Dem).

Wayne County Executive
This is a four-year term. Candidates for this position are Fred A. Bolden (Rep), John Dalton (Rep), Daniel K. Wenderlich (Rep), Adam Salam Adamski (Dem), Phil Cavanagh (Dem),  Cindy Darrah (Dem), Warren C. Evans (Dem), Robert A. Ficano (Dem), Russell George Leviska (Dem), Kevin M. McNamara (Dem), Bettie Cook Scott (Dem),  Sigmunt John Szczepkowski, Jr. (Dem),  William R. Wild (Dem) and Christopher Wojtowicz (Dem).

Ballot proposals
Wayne County Regional Education Service Agency: Regional Enhancement Millage Proposal.
This proposed enhancement six-year millage would be collected by the Wayne County Regional Educational Service Agency and distributed to local public school districts within the boundaries of the Wayne County Regional Educational Service Agency based on pupil membership count.

2 mills or $2 per thousand dollars of taxable value would increase the millage. This money will provide new additional operating funds for local schools districts including Wayne-Westland Community Schools. It is estimated that 2 mills would raise approximately $80,000,000 when first levied in 2014.

Wayne County  Transit Authority Millage Renewal
If approved, this proposal will renew and increase the .59 mills formerly authorized to 1.0 mills for three years and will allow continued support to the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) for a public transportation system serving the elderly, handicapped, and general public in Wayne County.
It is estimated that if approved, this millage would raise approximately $17,080,998 in the first year.

State Proposal 14-1
This  amendment would reduce the state use tax and replace it with a local community stabilization share of the tax for the purpose of modernizing the tax system to help small businesses grow and create jobs in Michigan.

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