Voters say yes to fire, police, schools; select GOP winners for November election

With all precincts reporting, unofficial election results from the Oakland County Clerk’s Office indicate that voters said yes across the board, with both public safety millages passing, as well as the Building and Site Sinking Fund for Lake Orion Community Schools.

Those results were:

-Orion Fire Millage: 67.37 percent yes; 32.63 percent no

-Orion Police Millage: 64.32 percent yes; 35.68 percent no

-LOCS Building and Site Sinking Fund: 57.49 percent yes; 42.51 percent no

Other significant races to mention were those that determined who would represent the Republican Party during the November general election for Orion Township Clerk and Orion Township Treasurer, as well as which four Republicans would represent the party in the trustee race.

Incumbent Penny Shults defeated Jenn Zielinski, 52.13 percent to 47.69 percent, the difference of 263 votes, to retain the clerk position on the Republican ticket. Donni Steele garnered a majority of the votes over incumbent Mark Thurber, 52.53 percent to 47.33 percent, the difference of 296 votes, for the treasurer position on the Republican ticket.

Seven individuals were vying for the four trustee seats. The lone Democrat in that race is Courtney Shafer, who will advance to represent her party on the ballot in November. Six Republicans were competing for the four spots to represent their party in the November election: incumbents Michael Flood, Jr., Neal Porter and John Steimel, and newcomers Brian Birney, Tony Cook and Ron Sliwinksi. The top four Republican finishers who will advance are Sliwinski (21.11 percent); Flood (17.81 percent); Steimel (17.03 percent); and Birney (16.84 percent).

The supervisor race was uncontested in the Republican primary.

Voter turnout was approximately 33 percent in Orion Township’s 15 precincts.

Check out the Aug. 10 issue of The Review for further coverage of the primary election.